In an apparent bid to reduce sim card scams and trolls, registration for all prepaid SIM cards is soon to become a law.
House committee on Information and Communications Technology, led by Chairman and Rizal Rep. Joel Roy Duavit, unanimously approved House Bill 5231, otherwise known as SIM card Registration Act of 2015, a consolidation of nine bills, on its 2nd reading.
Under the proposed measure, all direct sellers are mandated to registered pertinent data in a registration form device for the purpose to include full name and address of the end users.
Authors of the measure are Reps. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas (Pangasinan), Magnolia Rose Antonino-Nadres (Nueva Ecija), Sergio Apostol (Leyte), Rodolfo Biazon (Muntinlupa City), Winston Castelo (Quezon City), Joel Roy Duavit (Rizal), Sherwin Gatchalian (Valenzuela City), Maximo Rodriguez Jr. (Abante Mindanao party-list), Rufus Rodriguez (Cagayan de Oro City), and Marcelino Teodoro (Marikina City).
Personal appearance, a valid ID and paperworks will now accompany every SIM card purchase, with sanctions for erring telecoms and users.
A 3rd and final reading will render the proposed law eligible for ratification.
It is unknown though if simcards will be exclusive to one per person, or an individual can have multiple simcards under their name.