President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. signed the SIM Card Registration Act into law today, October 10, 2022.
The new law (RA 11934) will increase accountability in the usage of SIM cards and will track offenders of mobile phone crimes.
This is a synthesis of legislation from the House of Representatives (House Bill No. 14) and the Senate (Senate Bill No. 1310).
Citizens will now be required to produce a valid identification document with a photo to any public telecommunications entities (PTEs) or direct dealers for the purpose of registration under the new law.
To summarize, RA 11934 mandates SIM card merchants to first get a valid identification document before selling.
According to the palace, the information obtained through the registration will be kept private unless users approve access.
Following a validly filed subpoena or court order, telecommunications providers will be required to divulge the entire name and address of SIM card users.
Meanwhile, law enforcement organizations conducting investigations into crimes committed using mobile phones may submit a written report to the aforementioned corporations in exchange for access to SIM card registration information.
To summarize, the National Privacy Commission supports the legislation “to prevent the growth of varied and evolving electronic communication-aided illegal activities.”
Local telco behemoths Globe Telecom and Smart Communications, on the other side, have indicated support for the legislation.
This is an ongoing narrative. Stay tuned for additional information.