Saturday, January 20, 2018

QC Councilor Crisologo is cool with mandatory SIM card registration

The Quezon City Council has passed a resolution supporting the immediate passage of a bill pending in Congress requiring the mandatory registration of mobile SIM cards.

The proposal is contained in Senate Bill (SB) 105 authored by Senator Richard Gordon and House Bill (HB) 2809 penned by Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo.

City Council Resolution 7017-2017, authored by Councilor Anthony Peter Crisologo, said the proposed congressional measures will help law enforcement authorities in identifying perpetrators of crimes like kidnapping, estafa, and other unlawful activities which use prepaid Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Cards in mobile phones.

A copy of the resolution has been forwarded to the National Telecommunications Commission, the Office of Senator Richard Gordon, Office of Congressman Winston Castelo, and other concerned government agencies.

In 2009, a similar move which also sought to address criminal activities was introduced in countries like Mexico, South Africa Ecuador, Bangladesh, United Kingdom, and Pakistan. Meanwhile, Indonesia has developed an online registration system for all retail outlets in 2012.

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