The Case for SIM Card Registration

The Case for SIM Card Registration

The recent string of bombings in the country has prompted the debate over pre-paid SIM card registration. This is because the bombers used a cellphone to remotely trigger the bomb on the bus in EDSA.

The debate revolves around privacy concerns and national security. This has been discussed before and there were actually efforts before to make into a law requiring prepaid SIM card buyers to register the number to their name. Obviously, that move was stuck down by privacy advocates and lobbyists but because of the recent incidents, the issue has been revived.

SIM card registration is being implemented in many countries around the world, including neighboring Singapore. Aside from security issues, there are many other benefits that can be derived from the move to register pre-paid SIM cards.

  • Postpaid Subscribers already do SIM registration. Over 2 million postpaid subscribers in the Philippines have registered their names against their SIM cards and the system has been in place for over a decade. Adding pre-paid SIM cards into the lot is technically doable although may require some time and effort.
  • SIM Registration allows for proper accountability, much like registering a vehicle or a gun. If a SIM card user knows their number can be traced back to their name, they might not make impulsive actions to malign, threaten, scam or defraud other people. One can now easily report and block scammers from using anonymous numbers to do their MO.
  • SIM Replaceability. If a certain SIM card number is registered to your name, and it has been stolen or lost, you can easily request the SIM card to be de-activated and get a replacement SIM card (same way you do with postpaid SIM cards nowadays). No more alibis saying you lost your phone or your SIM card has been damaged since you can always get a replacement card for the same number.


Chinese mobile phone users show SIM cards in front of his ID card in Suzhou city, east Chinas Jiangsu province, 22 December 2009. After pushing the real name system for online game users on August 1, China will expand the policy to mobile phone users starting from September 1, local media reported.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), new mobile phone users need to register with their real names from September 1, while old customers also need to submit their information within three years. According to a report from Xinhua, 70 percent of over 700 million mobile subscribers in China are currently using pre-paid cards and thus did not register, making misuse for SMS spam and fraud easy {source: Corbis}.

Of course, this move does not guarantee than it will prevent future incidents like the recent bus bombing. And with over 73 million subscribers in the country, the idea of registering the tens of millions of existing SIM users seems almost impossible.

Aside from the logistical problems, there are other reasons why telcos might not want to go this route:

  • The burden of registering existent prepaid SIM card users will most likely be shouldered by the telcos and that effort requires more resources and manpower.
  • SIM registration might cripple the existing distribution and sales channels. Re-selling SIM cards will no longer be as easy as buying a can of soda at 7-11.
  • It will not look good from a marketing perspective — the subscriber figures (over 73 million) being paraded lately is actually defined as “activated” not “active” users. Once a prepaid SIM card is activated, it is counted as 1 but if that card is lost, damaged, expired or no longer being used it is not deducted from the total count (making the numbers a bit bloated). Bigger numbers are better for marketing. By doing SIM registration, the total count could shrink considerably.
  • People can still fake details of their registration. This is where the idea of the “national ID system” comes into play but that’s for another discussion altogether.

SIM registration will not totally prevent occurrences like the bus bombing from happening again. It does make it a little harder though. It’s not fool-proof but it can be an effective deterrent when combined with other security measures.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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76 Responses

  1. DiPwede says:

    I agree, it is not fool-proof. What they have to do is to improve their security intelligence to ward off perpetrators.

  2. Paul says:

    Off-topic, but I’m amazed that they figured out that the cellphone used in the bus bombing was a Nokia 5310.

    That was a lot of phone bits to pick apart.

    Also free advertising for Nokia. :D

  3. Joshua M says:

    Ano gusto nyo privacy or safety?

  4. RAM says:

    This isn’t the solution, IMHO. Yes, it prevents but there’s no assurance at all. With over 70 million users, including the people belonging to the lower class, it wouldn’t really work. It’d just cost a lot of time and money for the company.

    Instead of doing that, I suggest that mobile companies should just expand and improve their service especially Sun Cellular since they’re so behind already compared to the companies in the US. And there’s still so much to improve in broadband. I hope they’d put it in their 1st priority. And I hope they’d stop fooling and lying to their subscribers.

  5. Charli3 says:

    i work in one of the telco company here in the phils, and we assign only one Customer/Acccount # for all prepaid numbers. if this push through, imagine the additional load it will give to our database considering the number of prepaid subscribers. and more work too… ><

  6. Charli3 says:

    so nice of you to compare companies here and in the US. coz last time I checked, we are still in the ‘third world countries’ category.

    • hikari says:

      @charli3, i beg to disagree. Least developed country (LDC) is the name given to a country which, according to the United Nations, exhibits the lowest indicators of socioeconomic development, with the lowest Human Development Index ratings of all countries in the world. The concept of LDCs originated in the late 1960s and the first group of LDCs was listed by the UN in its resolution 2768 (XXVI) of 18 November 1971.[1] A country is classified as a Least Developed Country if it meets three criteria[2][3]:
      low-income (three-year average GNI per capita of less than US $905, which must exceed $1,086 to leave the list)
      human resource weakness (based on indicators of nutrition, health, education and adult literacy) and
      economic vulnerability (based on instability of agricultural production, instability of exports of goods and services, economic importance of non-traditional activities, merchandise export concentration, handicap of economic smallness, and the percentage of population displaced by natural disasters)…mind checking your facts? my country, the philippines does not belong to this so called third world country anymore! again, check your facts!

  7. Dan The Beast says:

    this is very DOABLE. we just need to think of a better way to do it. and we should do it FAST. kung kaya ng ibang asian countries, di ba natin kaya? gagastos ang telcos for sure pero para naman sa progress ng bansa natin. yun eh kung papayag silang mag-shell out ng pera para sa paggawa ng program na gagamitin nila and syempre, additional manpower to implement it.

  8. BeerBoy says:

    The issue here is whether it WILL HELP OR NOT. I think it will really help. We should do all things necessary and sim registration benefits many other facets of our economy/security etc etc.

    Yes of course it is not a GUARANTEE (common sense?) but of course it will greatly help in solving many other crimes and preventing other unlawful acts.

    The benefits should be studied well in the Congress. Again, if not now, when? If this will not help what will help? Not until we all really change we will still be stuck in this Third World Country MENTALITY.

  9. Pedro says:

    its a good step for our security and safety…

    but in our country we can produce fake documents: fake transcript diploma, fake ID, etc… who is to say that those who will register will present fake documents? :(

  10. GensanBoy says:

    I’m in favor of SIM Card registration. Aside from the safety issues, we can also trace those spammers sending us offers like loans, seminars, etc. The important thing is still safety. I would readily register a prepaid sim if it would be required.

  11. tama eh! says:

    tama eh! common sense naman! kahit 1:1 pa ang ratio ng police sa sibilyan hindi guaranteed na ligtas tayo.. makakatulong talaga ang pag register ng sim card.. at tama rin na baguhin ang mindset natin! kaya nananatili tayong 3rd world country kase pang 3rd world ang utak ng mga pilipino…
    privacy?? kung may tinatago kang masama, kabahan ka talaga…

  12. silverlokk says:

    Prepaid account registration will probably deter less less knowledgeable terrorists but explosives experts can find other ways to detonate a bomb. I can think of Bluetooth and WiFi, although obviously both need 10 or 100m proximity. Also, an adept expert may be able to hack a SIM card to give it a different number, although I’m not so sure that’ll make a diff.

  13. lolipown says:

    Oranges to Apples. Have you tried using your verizon phone here? Oh right, you can’t.

    Also, U.S. carriers may have better technology but their just the same as local carriers when gouging customers.

    And lastly as a counter point, yeah, let’s have the telcos expand so the terrorists can blow up bombs anywhere. This last tongue in cheek so mind your reading guys.

  14. Jovz says:

    I’m all for SIM card registration. Napakadali kasi bumili ng SIM dito at magpalit palit unlike other countries.

  15. Rey says:

    Why is it that when something really tragic like this happens, the focus is almost always on thinking of ways to limit the freedoms of the general population and not on catching the actual criminals or stoppoing these things from happening?

    IMHO, the time and resources that will take to do this is better off being channeled into helping out the PNP and educating people on these kinds of things. It’s like when riding the MRT of Singapore you always here that message to report suspicious packages/people to the authorities when you see them. I know we don’t think very highly of the PNP but they really need all the help they can get. There are some good people there that really need the resources.

  16. cristal says:

    I think tama lang ung sim card registration, and as for using fake documents the companies may issue the list of documents needed para makabili ng sim card, and kailangan i-authenticate nila ito (para ma-sure na hindi fake documents pinepresent nila.)

  17. peps says:

    I agree to SIM registration.

    Privacy would not be an issue here at all because it will be just like the postpaid line processing, pero syempre prepaid ang credits.

    Tama yung nabasa kong comment na ibahin na natin ang mindset nating mga Pinoy, we have to be better than this.

  18. silverlokk says:

    @Rey, excellent point, one that was probably at the back of my mind when I wrote *my* post. To be fair, it’s not just in the PH that this happens. Look what happened after 9-11. Today, full-body scanners or extreme pat-downs. I had to take a fairly rare trip to Makati the day after the bombing, and was wondering if police would ask me to open up my backpack. I’d be torn between complying and asking for a warrant.

  19. Ben says:

    Well at least with this registration, we let public safety start somewhere. And this is a very good start.

  20. Manix says:

    i agree with most of the folks’ comments here–the need and advantages of having prepaid sim card registration. its not the solution, but it will be part of a comprehensive solution on security (and bogus users as well).

    now, on the national id–that too we need. its been quite a challenge keeping all separate documents/id numbers for Tax pin, SSS, passport, etc.

    and just like what “tama eh” said, those who have “something to hide”, are the ones really not comfortable with this.

  21. Ben says:

    And regarding the faking of documents issue, sa umpisa lang naman siguro yun mangyayari. I am sure there will be a time that the telco companies will find a way how to deal with it.

  22. raymond says:

    Installing CCTV cameras in strategic locations and inside each bus will be an easier and more cost-effective way of deterring terrorism than to requiring 90 million Filipinos to register their SIM cards.

  23. astig says:

    madali lang talaga mag-fake ng documents and yun mga tinderas/retailers wala naman sila pakialam kung totoo yun mga submitted documents ng buyers sa kanila e. kaya it’s not a practical thing to do! And san naman nila i-aarchive yun documents na pinasa di ba?

  24. Oni says:

    why not both? install CCTV cameras inside buses and registration of sims

  25. Penoy says:

    tama si pareng raymond, universal deterent ang cctv mapa bomba, nakawan, kidnapping, etc. maraming paraan pwede magpasabog ng bomba hindi lang limitado sa cellphone. Mas mabisa yung kita mo sa video kung sino labas pasok sa bus.

    kung sa ibang bansa halos lahat naka post paid at naka rehistro hindi maiwasan ang mga masasamang-loob, paano pa kung prepaid sims pa? Goodluck sa 90 million registration ng sim. By the time maka 1 million na registration limot na yung sakunang to, pero kung gagawa kayo ng paraan dapat yung pang long term din.

  26. Charli3 says:

    obvious naman po na pag inimplement ito eh hindi ka na makakabili ng prepaid sim sa suki mong tindahan.

  27. someone says:


    malamang hindi sa tindahan yung registration ng sim card.siyempre sa telco business center. same nga sa pag nag-apply ng postpaid e.


    pag nag install ka ng cctv sa bus, at sumabog, ano pa silbi nun? na prevent mo ba yung bombing?

    regarding sa bus incident, dapat maging mas aware yung public sa mga ganyan. pag may suspicious items, ireport agad sa driver.

  28. Benchmark33 says:

    For me, ok ang sim registration. Atleast di ba secured din yung sim card ng mga prepaid user. Maybe they could make the sim card registration voluntary…but then again, maraming hinde naman magregister kasi hassle and everything. Sa opinion ko kasi, most Filipinos are “tamad”. They want life easy as 1-2-3. Take for example sa MRT, lahat nasa pinto, kasi gusto nila makalabas ng madali, even if malayo pa sila. Or the footbridge, ayaw nila doon dumaan kas mataas daw or malayo. Daming rason.

    CCTV sa mga raods eh ok din. In my opinion, it will help alot, in securing the people, traffics reduction, etc.

    Problem lang daming nagdidisagree sa mga move na ganito dahil violation of privacy ek ek. Eh kung ganun lage mind set ng mga tao, wala talagang pararatingan ang bansang Pinas…they don’t want change, so be it. Live in this very “PEACEFUL” country.

    atleast the police have a lead if mangyari man ito. Makikita kung sino yung last person ang nakaupo doon sa may sumabog na seat. Not like the current na totally no lead sila. And sa opinion ko, the police will make a fall guy ulit para lang mapalabas na may nahuli sila…masabi lang sa mga Pinoy na “You are all safe”.

  29. BeerBoy says:

    hey hey hey, stop thinking in the way of a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY MENTALITY. Please. The advantages further outweigh the “disadvantages” it’s not about how much money will be used problema na yun ng telcos. Basta registered lahat. It should be an all out effort on all facets of security.

  30. heinzfredrik says:

    sa personal kong experience sa sim registration which happened in dubai when i was working there. ok naman siya, you just need to present your passport copy with visa and a letter from your compony. prepaid yun sim ko. about sa authentication ng documents to present, natural lang naman na kailangan may pic ang valid id na gagamitin, kung kailangan 2 or 3 mas mainam, about sa retailing ng prepaid sims, di mo basta mabibili yan sa suking tindahan o sa bangketa o sa mga celfone shops, sa mga business center mismo ng telcos mo bibilin para sa kanila mo na din ipapasa documents for authentication and archiving. kapag naman nawala yun sim mo pwede mo ipadeactivate yun sim mo at magrequest ng panibago sa business center with the same mobile number, magkaiba namna kasi ang imei ng bawat sim but telcons can assign the same number to different sim basta deactivated na yun una mo sim, gaya lang yun ng sim upgrading, for activation of the prepaid sim, you have to wait atleast within 24 hours then pwede mo na gamitin. takot lang ang mga taong ayaw magparegister ng sim kasi may mga kasamaan at kalokohan silang ginagawa, privacy? too much privacy naman ang pinakakaingatan kung kaligtasan mo naman kapalit, wala naman mangyayari sayo kung ibibigay mo yun copy ng id mo for registration para ka lang naman bumili ng psp, celfone, and other things using your credit card na kailangan mo magpresnt ng id. tama na tayo sa makalumang pananaw. kaya napagiiwanan ang mga pinoy, makaluma at ayaw ng mga makabagong paraan na para sa ikakadali ng pamumuhay at sa kaligtasan na din naman nila.

  31. lolipown says:

    Paragraphs dude. They’re your friend.

  32. jervik says:

    I actually experienced this buying a sim in india. they have to check your passport and all that before you can get a sim. but i believe in order for this to push through they should settle a law first that would protect the privacy of the users as well. it would be great if upon passing the law to have people register their sim cards, the laws that the telcos should comply with and the guidelines on how the law would be implemented are included accordingly already.

  33. manaka_junpei says:

    I only go for neither, kung invasion of privacy yan o gagamitin sa tapping issue yan, ibang usapan yan, anong nangyari sa issue na RF ID system nang MMDA at LTO.

  34. gumz says:

    May kasabihan:

    “Prevention is better that cure”

    Government should made action how to prevent this incidents/terrorism. Saka na sila aaksyon kapag nangyari na, dami tuloy check-point. Ok sana kung consistent.

  35. scoobydoo says:

    dapat talaga iregister iyan. tel numbers is like your address. dapat traceable kung sino pinaggalingan. if you want privacy eh di wag kang mag cellphone period. gawin na natin. now na!

  36. JorlanBalbuena says:

    On our part, di po pwede ang SIM Registration.
    The FACT na ginagamit ng SINDIKATO yung mga ROAMING SIMS, they fake identities and informations….What more kung iregister pa ang Regular SIM PACKS..?

    Yung anonymity natin sa telco’s as well as to other users is very important…This is very applicable pag dating sa ELOAD/AUTOLOAD anywhere….

    You load everywhere, you BROADCAST your NAME EVERYWHERE.

  37. international slumber says:

    CCTV on Bus? what if the BUS exploded into pieces?

  38. Paolo says:

    SIM cards of postpaid subscribers are already registered, why would it be difficult to do for prepaid subscribers? Telcos would have to do it, it’s their job. If fake documents were to be used to register, then it would be the telcos’ fault that it happened; mahina ang verification. “Privacy”? Why, does it mean postpaid subscribers are exposed? And why should people be afraid that their SIM will be registered under their names if they don’t intend to do something bad with it? This is an idea whose time has come. And yeah, stop all this crap about us being a third world country. No wonder nothing much happens to us, many of us could not think beyond our present limitations.

  39. phiLLip says:

    I’m sure a lot of you have received text messages saying that you won something in their raffle and after you contact them they will tell you to do this and that blah blah blah and then the next thing you know, you’ve been scammed.

    What about text messages containing “honey, wala na akong load, last message ko na to loadan mo tong number na to”

    How about the one when someone calls you saying that your wife/husband or any member of your family got into an accident and asks for money for operation?

    Or when you receive threats (through text) from someone you don’t know (not in your phone book) trying to scare or intimidate you.

    Or for girls who have stalkers who keep texting you and creeping you out.

    You see, there are many issues regarding the misuse of cellphones (numbers), not only terrorism. This act (SIM registration) won’t only prevent/limit terrorists but also other abusive people. While this is not guaranteed, I’m sure these people would think twice about using their numbers to commit crime.

    As for the invasion of privacy thingie, you have a home phone right? then I have a bad news for you, YOUR PRIVACY HAVE ALREADY BEEN INVADED!!>:)

  40. vern says:

    Sim card registration for new users – yes pwede yan. Sim card registration for existing users – yan ang matrabaho. First of all, ilang sim cards ang pwedeng i-register sa isang tao? Kasi ngayon halos lahat may sim card sa bawat provider. Tapos connected din ang sim card registration sa number portability. Kasi kunwari 1 sim card lang allowed per person, it means na pag prepaid ka at gusto mong mag-postpaid, allowed ng i-port yung number mo.

  41. Roy says:

    Kung gusto, may paraan.

    If a stolen car can be used for kidnapping, a stolen phone with a prepaid sim can be used to trigger bombs.

    An upside for the subscriber; if prepaid subscribers will be required to register for their sim, telcos should also allow subscribers to report lost sims and retain ownership of the number.

    I remember the first time I bought a prepaid sim from a globe business center, I had to provide a valid Id, my school ID at that. But that was the time when a sim card cost around P400. More recently, I purchased a Sun prepaid broadband sim from a Sun Shop for about P50 and I was still aasked for a valid ID. So it has been done before. I doubt that smart or globe will be willing to go through the paperwork for a P30 sim. Also, I don’t think this will be viable for third party retailers. I’m never going to give my personal information to a tiangge retailer

  42. lalin says:

    Privacy? If you’re so worried about your privacy, you wouldn’t use Facebook, Twitter and other SNS using your fullname containing your birthdate, hometown, company history, family info, etc. Mas madaling kayang mangscam/stalk online. I don’t think telcos would share your name & info whenever you load thru retailers since that’s not right. Telcos should handle the cost in registration, that should be part of their service. And yes, pls stop the third world mentality. It’s insulting to those who are doing their job worthy to be called first class. Whatever we do, we’re still living in a third world so we can’t do anything about some improvement? Nasa isip nyo lang yan how you treat yourself. I’ve been using my sim for 8 years now, I don’t consider myself a ‘disposable’ subscriber.

    Prepaid users, just like those postpaid have the right to be treated fairly since we also contribute to the telcos’ revenue, hence we deserve some protection as well. Para mabawasan na rin yung usage abuse dahil sa anonymity.

  43. poche says:

    di yan solusyon. magnanakaw lang yun terorista ng cellphone ng iba tapos yun ang gagamitin. e di yun
    mayari pa ng cellphone ang nalagaya sa alanganin.

    besides yan info na yan sa database pwede gamitin sa eleksyon. pwede yan ibenta ng telcos sa mga nangangampanya lol.

  44. Harley says:

    i am pro for SIM Registration! Why not diba?

  45. BT says:

    Defenitely pro SIM registration. This will end spammers and discourage scammers as well.

    I’m not sure about the manpower part. It’s so easy for telcos to implement the registration and even at the expense of the user. For new users, they need to text their full complete name and maybe including address (or the national ID if it gets implemented) before the SIM gets activated. For existing prepaid users, they could give a time period to register their number before it gets deactivated.

    Ideally, they should include the phone IMEI too but this is kinda hard since people switch phones and also how to register the china dual sim phones. For now let’s solve the first problem first.

    Kinda sounds like Marvel Civil war neh? Pro-registration and anti-registration.XD

  46. simplynice93 says:

    In the fight against terrorism, we must be proactive. Wag natin iasa lahat sa government. Ok na may plans na ang government to fight terrorism (i.e. SIM card registration, CCTV camera on buses) pero dapat kumilos din ang mamamayan. Magbantay tayo kasi tayo ang talagang tinatarget ng mga terrorista.

  47. adrian says:

    tama lang yan. dapat at the same time gawan na din ng national id. dto sa singapore they have both (sim card registration & national id)

  48. sonofa says:

    Mga pinoy talaga… Walang may gusto sa info niyo!!! James Bond ba kayo kaya kailangan itago lahat ng info?

    Di nga nahihiya mag post ng malalanding pics online eh… Nilagay nyo na lahat ng info niyo sa friendster!!! Wala ka nang kailangan itago pa!!!

  49. raymond says:

    Hi guys, CCTV cameras can be connected to a central station such as headquarters where recorded videos are transmitted. You can already do that to your own house or small business over an internet connection.

    Kailangan niyo pa ba magtalo na Pinoy kasi ganito kasi ganyan? Install cctv cameras in public places. Right to privacy does not apply in those areas.

  50. ron says:

    tama nga si raymond sa post niya.

    “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”

  51. Penoy says:


    nagpapatawa ka ba? medyo hindi na related sa topic yung opinion mo. sigurado ka ba na lahat ng info sa profile ng isang tao naka post ng online ay totoo? hindi ibig sabihin na pag transparent tayo tapos na ang problema, isipin mo din kung wala privacy madaling malalaman ng mga terrorista kung sino ang mga target lalo na yung mga anak ng mga mayayaman at yung pwede nilang pagkakitaan.

    saka may nagf-friendster pa ba?

  52. Sonofa says:

    Di nga lahat nakalagay ay totoo pero sa pics palang na pinopost alam na kagad kung ano ka klaseng tao at kung saan ka palaging nakikita…

    Ewan ko… Katulong namen sa bahay may friendster parin eh… At natatandaan ko sa pinas malakas ang friendster

    Sa laki ng companies na katulad ni smart, globe, sun… Papayag ba sila manakawan ng info? Mas tiwala pa nga ako sa security nila kaysa sa security ng files nila kaysa sa mga files naten sa cityhall…

    Sinasabi ko lang gano kalaking invasion of privacy ang sim card registration?

    And lastly para ma prevent ang ganitong bombings dapat di na payagan pumara kahit saan ang mga bus… At sa bus station at bus stop may pulis palagi…
    Mas tipid sa registration at cctv cameras… Disiplina lang naman talaga kailangan…

  53. Dan says:

    No objections regarding SIM card registration. This is actually in effect in other countries (ie. UAE), where you have to bring your passport/valid ID when purchasing a SIM Card.

    Security takes precedence over privacy. It’s not as if the mobile number and identity will be divulged in a public database following registration.

  54. adam says:

    Actually dito sa Singapore before your allowed to purchase a prepaid sim need muna ng NRIC number mo. Na try ko yun dati sa Singtel. Sa Pinas tingin ko mahirap yan implement kasi sa sobrang dami ng tao.

  55. trickz says:

    IMHO, this not the solution. First, we don’t have stable machines / equipments here in the Philippines. Why? because, hackers can decrypt such databases of the governments, very vulnerable for black hackers. What if the system malfunction? I don’t want to be blamed and accused for others crime. 2nd, best hackers are from Philippines:)

    I hope they will discuss it further until they have solutions. Wag na sana umabot sa 100 buses ang sumabog. GOD Bless the Philippines.

    • Ask says:

      It’s the responsibility of the telcos to have the database for the sim card registration. Telcos are not yet ready for this changes.

  56. Herce says:

    I just wanted to point out that, in Asia, the 2 countries you listed as already doing this, Singapore and China, are authoritarian regimes with no freedom.

    Is that the model we want to follow? Turn our free Democracy into authoritarianism by incrementally removing freedom after freedom from all of us Philipino citizens?

    I say, this is crazy and idiotic. These attacks are being taught to domestic terrorists by foreigners. Our domestic groups do not have the expertise to know how to setup a remote mobile detonator. Indeed several months ago it was already known that foreign terrorists had come to the RP. That was why we got travel advisories over the holiday.

    So I propose we force registration on non-citizens only.

    Our drivers’ licenses gives our nationality. Mine says Philippines and on resident foreigners I know it says the country of their citizenship. Non-resident foreigners don’t get driver’s licenses. So the solution is simple, buy a sim and show a drivers license. If it says Philippines, no registration. If it says something else or you don’t have one, the the sim needs to be registered by the retailer.

  57. What happens when your sim card (inside phone) gets ahem “stolen”? And you never bothered to report it/disconnect it *wink wink* because you had no idea that “they” were going to use it to trigger a bomb?

  58. agrimensor says:

    @Iyan Sommerset
    Stupidity is not an excuse. The mere fact that somebody could use it to lengthen your bill is enough cause to panic.

  59. Roy says:


    I think Iyan’s statement is under the presumption that it is a prepaid sim as the question is to whether register prepaid sims or not. Post paid sims being already registered with how the telephone bill is already under the subscriber’s name.

  60. Ton says:

    This would entail cost to the carrier. Carrier will not want to shoulder it, and pass on the “registration fee” to the subscriber. This, I’m sure, will hurt. Now if we’re amenable to pay for that “progress” people seem to talk about a lot here, then by all means.

  61. Ed says:

    Bakit hindi gawing yung cellphone na lang ang nakaregister? I mean lahat yan meron unique IEMI.

    Oo pwede palitan yan ng mga technicians pero kung pwede nga i-block ng telcos ang mga expired SIMs bakit hindi pwede i-filter ang cellphones na hindi naka-register ang IEMI? I don’t know if this is feasible pero at least kahit papaano madidiscourage din nito ang nakawan ng cellphones.

  62. Jan Christopher says:

    This is good but conduct a forum or an online poll so that the CONGRESS & TELCOS will know what we fill like lessening the bomb scare carnappings kidnappings & more

  63. JKisaragi says:

    I like the idea of having this SIM REGISTRATION implemented here.

    They’re right in a way, Postpaid subscribers are already subject to this. All of their info is with our carriers. So how is it any different if Prepaid subscribers were to give out their info as well?

    This one-time solution would certainly beat the costs of having more incompetent men out there.

    Funny thing about CCTVs is that some people think they can install these things and that they’ll be instantly protected. Bad news is that you need real men/women to be on-guard watching those screens in real-time in order for it to be THAT effective.

    Power consumption + Manpower on a 24/7 operation is in my opinion, not that cost-effective.

  64. raymond says:

    Human manipulation is only needed for maintenance.

  65. leemar says:

    tama yan! i register lahat ng sim, para maiwasan na din ang lokohan. para magka alaman na kung sino talaga sa 3 telcos ang maraming subscribers.

  66. Miklos says:

    Just use the danish ID system – even Japan is using it now.

    It’s robust, it’s proven to work and it’s simple.

    Then there would be no issue at all – require all sim cards to be registered with the person ID number and voila security has been improved and all the privacy nuts can rest assured it doesn’t leak info.

  67. JN Ebrahim says:

    The Phil. Government is too late on imposing this Policy. It should be Approve and implement wether they like or not. For the GOOD SIDE nman poh. =D

  68. Snofsan says:

    Ok lang naman mag pa Sim registration. May mga professionals here in the Philippines that specialized in securing databases and companies. Sa akin lang kung walang disciplina kahit anung systema implement ng mga local Telcos or ng kahit anung bansa hindi magiging maganda Kahit na democratic pa yan or authoritarian. Hindi natin pwedeng i-asa sa gobyerno lahat. Hirap kasi sa karamihan sa atin eh abusado.

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  71. japong says:

    if they want to implement this they should have done it way back before cellphones and text messages boom (pre-text era). Sa dami dami nang pwede mabilhan mg sim card sa pinas kahit sa sari sari store meron ang iba hindi lang iisa sim dalawa o tatlo pa, paano maireregister lahat ng sim tiyak napakalaking trabaho at gastos sa telecom. Pero sa tingin ko sa mga database ng telecom pwede sila magabiso sa pamamgitan ng text sa lahat ng mobile numbers na nasa database nila na dapat iregister nila ang kanilang number or else mabloblock ito sa isetset na timeline kunwari within six months at dapat meron mga register booth sa ibat ibang lugar ang mga telecom at dagsaan ang magreregister. Kaya magastos at matrabaho talaga ito.

  72. nexusboy says:

    Yugatech please also feature the pending Mobile Telephone Number Portability Act wherein mobile subscribers can RETAIN their number when transferring to a different network provider. The bill has been filed several times in the House of Representatives and in the Senate for several years, to no avail. Now that we are seeing SIM Registration finally to be enforced, the next reasonable step is to have MTN Portability Act signed into a law as well! I am hoping for your support Yugatech.


  73. Chioma Ada Jesus says:

    Well i think government of different countries of the world should also help to enforce some other ways to reduce crimes and also to stop many fraudsters in the country from functioning.

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