• The House has approved on its third and final reading the bill on SIM card mandatory registration
  • The bill aims to help law enforcement agencies track down criminals using mobile phones in illegal activities
  • PTEs and direct sellers who will violate the law will be slapped with corresponding fines

MANILA, Philippines  –  The bill requiring the mandatory registration of SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card has finally been approved on its third and final reading at the Lower House on Tuesday, May 15.

House Bill 7233, otherwise known as the proposed “SIM Card Registration Act” aims to help law enforcement agencies to track down criminals using mobile phones in illegal activities. It was a consolidation of 12 other separate bills filed at the Lower House.

Under the bill, public telecommunication entities (PTE) and direct sellers are directed to require end user of SIM cards to provide valid identification cards as proof of their identity.

All existing end users are also required to register their prepaid and postpaid SIM cards with their respective PTEs. Failure to comply within the prescribed period will authorize the PTEs to deactivate their service to the concerned end user.

Likewise, all foreigners are required to provide their full name, passport number and address in their registration.

The bill also requires all PTEs to submit their verified list of subscribers to the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) within 30 days from the effectivity of the law.

PTEs who will be found to have violated the law will be slapped with P300,000 fine for the first offense; P500,000 for the second; and P1 million for the third and subsequent offenses. Direct sellers, on the other hand, will be fined from P5,000 to P50,000 for committing the same offense.

A total of 167 lawmakers voted in favor of the bill; with 6 objections and no abstention.