Scammers will no longer be able to send unsolicited and fraudulent text messages as the mandatory registration of Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) comes to an end, according to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
Starting July 26, the DICT will be able to identify and handle reports of text scams. DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy encouraged the public to file complaints so that appropriate actions can be taken against the perpetrators.
The SIM Registration Act, also known as Republic Act No. 11934, aims to combat electronic communication-aided crimes such as mobile phishing and text spam.
As of July 23, over 105 million SIMs have already been registered out of the more than 160 million nationwide. Failure to register a SIM will result in automatic deactivation, which can only be reactivated within five days after registration.