Dennis Uy’s DITO urges use of national ID, passport system to validate identity of SIM card subscribers

Third telco player DITO Telecommunity Corp. wants the government to use the national ID and passporting system to determine the real identity of a mobile user.

DITO chief technology officer Rodolfo Santiago said using both the national ID and passport system as the validation of identity of the mobile subscriber would “unburden the telcos of the need to establish another database to store biometrics data, which would be time consuming and resource heavy.”

“DITO Telecommunity, from the time of its inception has included in its system the structure for registration as part of its subscriber onboarding via the multi-purpose DITO app with subscriber data protected by strict privacy guidelines,” Santiago said.

The Senate and the House of Representatives have ratified a bill requiring the registration of all post-paid and prepaid SIM cards to prevent scammers and criminals hiding under the shadow of anonymity.

Under the bill, all SIM cards sold are in a deactivated state. End-users are required to register their SIMs with their mobile service provider before these can be reactivated.

All existing SIM subscribers are required to register within 180 days from the effectivity of the law.