The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) today announced that the deadline of SIM registration, on April 26, 2023, is based on the law and no movement of deadline was made.
The deadline is in line with the provisions of Republic Act No. 11934, or the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Registration Act, which states that “All existing SIMs subscribers shall register the same with their respective PTEs within one hundred eighty (180) days from the effectivity of this Act.”
The law further states that the Act shall take effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.
The law was signed on 10 October 2022. It was thereafter published in the website of the Official Gazette on 12 October 2022, and in the 13 October 2022 issue of the Daily Tribune. It therefore took effect 15 days after such publication, or no later than 28 October 2022.
While the DICT may extend the registration for another 120 days, the aim is to finish the registration within the original deadline.
Meanwhile, the guidelines for the rollout of SIM registration in remote areas are being finalized and will be released soon.