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Senate Bill No. 2644: SIM Card Registration

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Introduced by Sen. Manny Villar, the Senate Bill No. 2644 (or Prepaid SIM Card Registration) is “an act of requiring the registration of the buyers of prepaid SIM cards, and providing penalties for the violation thereof”.

Filed in January 20, 2011, the bill seeks to address some “text messaging related scams” and other crimes that involve the use of disposable prepaid SIM cards.

Inquirer.net reports that the Department of Justice has endorsed this bill as well:

Villar, in his proposed SB No. 2644 said that prepaid SIM cards are used by criminals in committing money-making activities such as e-raffle and random lottery.

Prepaid SIM cards, he added, have also become a tool of the so-called “dugong-dugong” gang to commit robbery or extort money from their victims.

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The bill proposes that all sellers of prepaid SIM cards will require buyers to present government issued identification cards and record all personal information of the buyer.

The bill proposes a penalty of a fine ranging from P100,000 to P1 million and imprisonment from one year to two years for all violators.

Already wrote my piece about SIM card registration here before.

This is not new since telcos are already doing SIM card registration to all postpaid users — over 2 million subscribers are required to register their name and address when getting a postpaid SIM card. This process is just being duplicated to all non-postpaid (prepaid) users.

I’m sure the all postpaid subscribers would agree that this is a secure process — otherwise, I don’t think they’ll remain in postpaid and have their name registered anyways.

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felipe perocillo
9 years ago

good pm all senador sir,please read ra 9292 electronics engineering law.there are 3 reg.professionals.the pece.the ece.and the ect.masama po ang ginawa na law.nakakasira po sa electronics technician.dahil po ang (pece)professional electronics engr.dito ay siya lang nakikinabang when it comes of signing permits and plan.dapat revised nyo po ang RA9292.TO MAKE ITS LAHAT PATI ANG ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN MAKA SIGNED AND SEAL SA PERMITS AND PLAN.SALAMAT PO.

JERRY A. GERONA
JERRY A. GERONA
11 years ago

SIR DAPAT GAWA KA NG LAW.LAHAT NG CELLPHONE OR ELECTRONICS GADGETS/UNITS MERON PERMITS NA GALING SA CITY ENGINEERS OFFICE.PARA PO MA MATERIALIZED PO ANG R.A.9292 KNOWN AS ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING LAW. HOPING MAGAWA MO PO ITO, SALAMAT

JM
JM
11 years ago

dapat lang cguro my registration n nga ang sim card…

para dun sa mga nawawalan ng Cellphone… na amy mobile tracker kagaya ng samsung model.

dhil dun sa mobile tracker ng samsung… sakaling manakaw ung cp mo.. eh malalaman mo kung nakanino na at saan n napunta ung cp mo.. maari mo pang mabawi… masakit mawalan ng CP ha..

dan
dan
11 years ago

@mindy, i could have superliked your point :) I guess a lot of shady people are starting to get wary on this bill.

@everyone, ive been getting a lot of spam on my sun postpaid from prepaid ones. I wonder how do this pinoy sms spammers are getting our nos. They keep sending loan stuffs every other day with different numbers. If this bill is at push, i hope our numbers and infos wont get to the wrong hands
cheers,
hw

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