Fred Pascual backs extension of SIM registration

Trade Secretary Alfredo Pascual hopes the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will heed calls from telecommunications companies to extend the April 26 deadline for SIM registration.

“If not all SIMs are registered, I think it’s a major concern. That has to be evaluated by telcos and concerned agencies in charge of ICT,” Pascual said in a Malacañang briefing, noting that the deactivation of mobile numbers could hamper growth in e-commerce.

“It’s like voters’ registration,” he added. “We need voters to register for us to exercise the democratic process. And here for security, we need SIMs registered.”

The DICT has said that there will be no extension of the deadline.

Failure to register a SIM will render the mobile number unusable. So far, registrations have not crossed the 50% mark for active SIM cards at 69 million.

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