The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is already working on the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the SIM Card Registration Law, which was recently signed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Ivan John Uy on Thursday said the law’s IRR would focus on defining violations and penalties.

“[A]ng violation ng mga data privacy ay may kaukulang penalty, I think if I’m not mistaken, from P500,000 to P4 million,” he said in a “Laging Handa” briefing.

The recently signed law requires telco companies and SIM card sellers to ask customers for identification documents.

Those who register their SIM cards using false information will be penalized.

Uy said SIM card owners would have 160 days to register after the release of the IRR.

Those who fail to register their SIM cards will have their mobile service terminated, the DICT chief added.

“Wala pong multa. Puputulin lang ang linya nila,” he said.

He also said an individual may register multiple SIM cards under one name.

“Ang importante po is iyong SIM card ay properly identified iyong owner. Kasi alam na po natin na hindi naman po sa lahat ng lugar ay may signal po ang bawat telco,” he said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro