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Free SIM Registration assistance now up in MIMAROPA Tech4Ed centers

The Department of Information and Communications Technology’s (DICT) Southwestern Tagalog office is now offering free assistance for the mandatory Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card registration.

Following the implementation of this, individuals residing in MIMAROPA – also known as Southwestern Tagalog – may now head to the nearest Tech4Ed center to avail of the free assistance, said DICT Undersecretary Anna Mae Lamentillo.

SIM card (Unsplash)

“We have started the roll out in MIMAROPA. Subscribers can bring their mobile phones and valid IDs to the region’s Tech4Ed Centers in Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan,” Lamentillo explained on Friday, Jan. 20.

The DICT’s Tech4Ed project aims to establish community e-centers in areas with “minimal to no access” to information, government services, communication, technology, non-formal education, and telehealth among others.

Pursuant to Republic Act No. 11934 of the SIM Registration Act, all new and existing subscribers in the country are required to register their SIMs until April 26, 2023. Failure to comply with the said registration will result in the deactivation of a user’s SIM.

Latest tally from the DICT and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) showed that 22,298,020 cards have already been registered as of Jan. 18. This, however, equates to only 13.20 percent of the 168,977,773 existing subscribers nationwide.

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