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DICT move to setting early SIM registration deadline illegal

Digital Pinoys

A network of digital advocates castigated the Department of Information and Communications for setting the deadline of the SIM registration too early.

Digital Pinoys national campaigner Ronald Gustilo said that the April 26, 2023 deadline posted by DICT in its social media accounts is illegal.

“The SIM registration law says that the subscribers have 180 days to register their SIM cards. December 27, 2022 is the effectivity date of the law and the 180th day is June 25, 2023.”

Gustilo said that setting the deadline earlier than what the law prescribes is not only illegal but will also be a cause of concern for subscribers still having difficulty registering.

“The government is still unable to address the registration woes of subscribers without smart gadgets and internet connection. Reports gathered from far-flung areas and depressed urban centers says that many are yet to register because of technological limitations. Without considering these issues, DICT wants to end the registration process earlier than what the law says.”

Gustilo said that DICT should follow what the SIM registration law prescribes and should also consider extending the deadline instead of shortening the registration period.

“The registration process is still not flawless and many subscribers are still in danger of disenfranchisement because of DICT’s arbitraty and illegal shortening of the registration period, when they should have first perfected the process and employed measures to ensure that no subscriber will be left behind. If even a single subscriber is disenfranchised because of the law, no one is to be blamed but the DICT.”

Reference: Ronald Gustilo, Digital Pinoys National Campaigner