PLDT’s wireless unit Smart Communications Inc (Smart) and value brand TNT are set to join the three-day, nationwide assisted SIM Registration road show organized by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
The road show aims to boost SIM Registration in far-flung areas in the country.
“These assisted booths and touchpoints are meant to fast-track SIM registration, and the simultaneous SIM Registration with the NTC is seen to help hasten the process further,” said Cathy Yang, FVP and Group Head of Corporate Communications at PLDT and Smart. “Smart and TNT personnel will provide a priority lane for seniors, for persons with disabilities, and for those using basic phones, in order to make SIM Registration as inclusive as possible. This is aligned with our commitment not to leave anyone behind.”
From Jan. 25 to Jan. 27, assisted SIM Registration booths will be established by the NTC, Smart, TNT and other PTEs in five regions per day, hitting one far-flung municipality in each of the identified regions. These municipalities include upland areas like Atok in Benguet, island municipality Moalboal in Cebu, and Arakan in the landlocked province of Cotabato in Mindanao.
Smart and TNT were the first to deploy assisted SIM Registration booths and touchpoints across the country starting December 27, 2022, on the same day that Smart launched its SIM Registration portal http://www.smart.com.ph/simreg.
As of 11:59 p.m. of Jan. 23, some 11,543,990 Smart Prepaid, Smart Bro, and TNTph subscribers; and 900,156 Postpaid users, or a total of 12.44 million subscribers had registered their SIMs on the Smart network.
Last week, Smart also organized “Sulong SIM Registration,” the first ever LGU cascade on SIM Registration among Philippine telcos, which drew close to a thousand LGU executives from provincial governments to barangay officials, from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
During the online cascade, representatives from the NTC, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) urged hundreds of LGU executives to actively collaborate to encourage mobile users across the country to register their SIMs.
Republic Act (RA) 11934 or the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Registration Act, the first law inked by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., regulates the use of SIM cards, by mandating all end-users to register their SIMs under their name.