DICT sticks to April 26 deadline for SIM reg amid extension requests


The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has announced that there will be no extension for the April 26 deadline for SIM card registration.

This decision comes despite requests from telecommunications companies Globe, Smart, and DITO Telecommunications to extend the registration period.

Smart has set-up SIM registration booths at selected McDonald’s branches all over the Philippines to help more subscribers.

In a statement, the DICT emphasized the importance of SIM card registration in promoting responsible use of SIMs and providing law enforcement agencies with the necessary tools to crack down on perpetrators who use SIMs for their crimes.

The agency also reminded the public that failure to register their SIM cards would result in deactivation, barring them from making and receiving calls and text messages, and accessing mobile applications and digital wallets.

The public may register for their SIM cards through the following portals: Smart – smart.com.ph/simreg or simreg.smart.com.ph; Globe – new.globe.com.ph/simreg; DITO – https://digital.dito.ph/pto/download/app.

The National Telecommunications Commission reported that as of April 18, about 74.18 million or 44.15 percent of active mobile subscribers have registered for SIM card registration. These figures include 5.39 million or 36.08 percent for DITO, 32.22 million or 37.15 percent for Globe, and 36.56 million or 55.14 percent for Smart.

The DICT reiterated that the Subscriber Identity Module Registration Act prioritizes the fundamental rights of Filipinos and includes measures to ensure the confidentiality and security of user data.

The 180-day registration period, which began on December 27, 2022, can be extended for another 120 days, if needed. The public can register through Smart’s website, Globe’s website, and DITO’s website.