Philippines: The Department of Information and Communications Technology not extending the SIM registration 26 April 2023 deadline

In brief

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has issued a statement that it will not be extending the deadline set for the mandatory subscriber identity module (SIM) registration set on 26 April 2023.1


SIM registration deadline, in more detail

The DICT and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), as the government agencies charged with the facilitation of SIM registration across the country, issued a statement that they are not looking into the possibility of extending the deadline for mandatory SIM registration, which is set on 26 April 2023. The DICT and NTC announced this even if Republic Act No. 11934 or the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Registration Act provides that the registration deadline may be extended for a period not exceeding 120 days.

Various groups have criticized the set deadline, arguing that since the registration process only started on 27 December 2022, the 180 days should toll from that date and the deadline should preliminarily fall on 25 June 2023. 

In view of the set deadline, by 26 April 2023, all end users (individuals and juridical entities alike) are required to register their SIM with their respective Public Telecommunication Entities (PTEs). Major PTEs have launched their campaigns for end user registration, which would require the end user to provide their SIM mobile number and other information such as full name, date of birth, sex, address, valid government ID and ID number for individuals; and name, address, and name of authorized signatory for juridical entities.

For foreigner SIM end users with tourist visas, they must still register with their PTEs by submitting their passports, proof of address in the Philippines, and return tickets. The SIM will be automatically deactivated after 30 days.

For all other foreigner SIM end users, they must register with their PTEs by submitting, in addition to their passport and proof of address in the Philippines, any of the following pertinent documents: alien employment permit issued by the Department of Labor and Employment, alien certificate of registration identification card or similar official ID issued by the Bureau of Immigration or other visa-issuing agency, school ID or registration if student, or travel or admission document issued by the Department of Justice if Persons of Concern  or POC.

Failure to register by the scheduled deadline will cause the automatic deactivation of the unregistered SIM, which will render the SIM incapable of being used for outgoing and incoming calls, internet access, or sending and receiving messages.

Why the SIM Registration Act IRR is important

With the variance of reported deadlines for SIM registration by various groups, as well as the slowdown in registration among SIM users, all SIM users — individuals, companies and foreigners alike — must be vigilant with their obligations under the law and the IRR. While there exists a possibility of extension, SIM users are urged to register at the soonest possible time to ensure continued availment and use of services from PTEs.

1 This deadline supersedes the deadline indicated in our previous Client Alert published on 22 December 2022, found here.

LOGO Philippines_QuisumbingTorres_Manila

*Authored by Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein. Please contact for inquiries.


Copyright © 2024 Baker & McKenzie. All rights reserved. Ownership: This documentation and content (Content) is a proprietary resource owned exclusively by Baker McKenzie (meaning Baker & McKenzie International and its member firms). The Content is protected under international copyright conventions. Use of this Content does not of itself create a contractual relationship, nor any attorney/client relationship, between Baker McKenzie and any person. Non-reliance and exclusion: All Content is for informational purposes only and may not reflect the most current legal and regulatory developments. All summaries of the laws, regulations and practice are subject to change. The Content is not offered as legal or professional advice for any specific matter. It is not intended to be a substitute for reference to (and compliance with) the detailed provisions of applicable laws, rules, regulations or forms. Legal advice should always be sought before taking any action or refraining from taking any action based on any Content. Baker McKenzie and the editors and the contributing authors do not guarantee the accuracy of the Content and expressly disclaim any and all liability to any person in respect of the consequences of anything done or permitted to be done or omitted to be done wholly or partly in reliance upon the whole or any part of the Content. The Content may contain links to external websites and external websites may link to the Content. Baker McKenzie is not responsible for the content or operation of any such external sites and disclaims all liability, howsoever occurring, in respect of the content or operation of any such external websites. Attorney Advertising: This Content may qualify as “Attorney Advertising” requiring notice in some jurisdictions. To the extent that this Content may qualify as Attorney Advertising, PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE A SIMILAR OUTCOME. Reproduction: Reproduction of reasonable portions of the Content is permitted provided that (i) such reproductions are made available free of charge and for non-commercial purposes, (ii) such reproductions are properly attributed to Baker McKenzie, (iii) the portion of the Content being reproduced is not altered or made available in a manner that modifies the Content or presents the Content being reproduced in a false light and (iv) notice is made to the disclaimers included on the Content. The permission to re-copy does not allow for incorporation of any substantial portion of the Content in any work or publication, whether in hard copy, electronic or any other form or for commercial purposes.