SIM card registration bill hampers bicam, until ratification Manila Bulletin

The Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) registration bill was approved at the bicameral conference committee on Tuesday evening, September 27.

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This was confirmed by the representative of the 1st district of the city of Valenzuela, Rex Gatchalian, a supporter of the measure. Bicam-level approval means that the House of Representatives and Senate versions of the measure, which may have different provisions, have been harmonized.

In this particular case, House Bill (HB) No. 14 and Senate Bill (SB) No. 1310 have been reconciled, with the resulting bicameral conference committee report to be ratified at of the respective plenary session of the two chambers on Wednesday evening 28 September. .

Wednesday is the last day of session for either chamber before they officially go on a month-long vacation from October 1.

“With its imminent ratification by both houses of Congress and hopefully its signature by President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., nefarious and fraudulent activities involving the use of the SIM card will soon be eradicated,” said Gatchalian in a statement Wednesday.

Foremost among the concerns raised by Gatchalian, chairman of the House Committee on Local Government, pushing the bill were the countless victims of text message scams and data breaches that resulted in the loss of their life savings.

“There are even those who threaten bodily harm or make ransom demands through prepaid mobile numbers,” he said.

“It is in this context that we find it imperative to regulate the sale and distribution of these SIM cards by establishing a registry or database of validated information about its authorized owner,” Gatchalian said.

The SIM Card Registration Bill aims to regulate the sale and distribution of SIM cards; promote end-user responsibility; prevent the proliferation of mobile phone scams, data breaches; and assist law enforcement in solving crimes involving the use of mobile phone units.

Among the main provisions of the bill are the establishment of a SIM card registration system for all users through the submission of relevant data electronically through a platform or website to be provided by the entities Public Telecommunications (PTE).

In order to regulate the registration and use of SIM cards, all SIM cards for sale must be in a deactivated state. It will only be activated once the end user completes the registration process.

Registration must include the End User’s full name, date of birth, gender, and address as shown on a valid government-issued photo identification document, such as a passport, ID card, national identity, a GSIS electronic card, a digitized SSS identity card, a driving license. , voter’s card and elderly person’s card, among others.

It requires end users to immediately notify PTEs through its installation of any changes in information after registration, including opt-out requests.

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