PLDT Group said Wednesday it will file a formal letter of request to ask the Department of Information and Communication Technology and the National Telecommunications Commission for an extension of the mandated April 26, 2023 deadline for subscribers to register their SIM cards.
“We are filing this request to help give ample time to all mobile users, particularly the marginalized sectors and those located in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas of the country, to register their SIMs,” said Cathy Yang, first vice president and head of group corporate communications at PLDT and Smart.
“We are here to continuously support the government in its SIM Registration initiative. While we have led in the number of registrations to date with about 46 percent of our total number of subscribers already registered, and which is higher than industry average, we see the need to give subscribers more time to secure the government IDs required to register their SIMs,” Yang said.
PLDT Group’s subscriber base stood at 66.30 million as of December 2022.
“We stand ready with government to support any undertaking to fast track completing the SIM registration process as required by law,” Yang said.