In a bi-cameral conference, the Senate has ratified what will be the consolidated version of the 2022 SIM Registration Act (Senate Bill No. 1310). This will soon head to Malacanang for Pres. Bongbong Marcos to finally sign into a law.
According to Sen. Grace Poe, who is the principal author of the Senate bill, the reconciled bill includes the following provisions:
<li>The term “card” dropped from the bill to cover all present and future SIM variations.</li> <li>Registration goes directly through telcos’ platform as a pre-requisite to the activation of SIM. This means all new SIM cards bought will be inactive until you register the SIM.</li> <li>180-day period of registration by minors through a parent or a guardian.</li> <li>Data of existing postpaid subscribers should already be included in the SIM register.</li> <li>Telcos are mandated to establish registration facilities in remote areas within 60 days from the effectivity of the law.</li>
The new bill no longer includes the controversial social media registration clause which was the reason why former Pres. Duterte vetoed it last April.