The National Telecommunications Commission said Thursday it started the rollout of SIM registration in remote areas to reach more people who have limited access to the internet.
NTC officer-in-charge commissioner Ella Blanca Lopez said the rollout of SIM registration in remote areas aimed to ensure the success of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s first priority legislation.
“The endeavor is aimed at maximizing SIM subscriber participation in the SIM registration process, thereby helping ensure the successful implementation of the SIM Registration Act,” she said.
The agency earlier identified 15 locations in different provinces as pilot areas for assisted registration between Jan. 25 and Jan. 27. These are Ilocos Norte, Cebu, Leyte Bukidnon, Davao del Sur, Benguet, Cagayan, Bulacan, Batangas, Zamboanga del Sur, Oriebtal Mindoro, Albay, Iloilo, Cotobato and Surigao del Norte.
It said that as of Jan. 24, the total completed SIM registration reached 24,922,249 SIMs or 14.75 percent of the 168,977,773 million subscribers nationwide.