DICT eyes combining SIM card registration with national ID biometrics  

THE DEPARTMENT of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Wednesday said it will study the possibility of simultaneously capturing biometrics for the government’s national ID system while registering subscriber identity module (SIM) cards, especially in remote areas.    “We will be coordinating with the Philippine Statistics Authority on this,” DICT Undersecretary Anna Mae Y. Lamentillo said […]

Telco microsites buckle as SIM registration starts

Telecommunication company Globe has discovered “potential minor vulnerabilities” in its subscriber identity module (SIM) registration microsite that requires patching to prevent any serious threat to customer data, and asked the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to allow Globe to stabilize the fixes it made for the next 72 hours. “These issues prompted Globe to take proactive […]

PEZA commits BoI endorsement for all BPO registry transfer applications received by mid-Dec.

THE Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) said all applications received by Dec. 16 from information technology and business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) companies seeking to switch their registrations to the Board of Investments (BoI) will be endorsed to the board by year’s end. Vivian S. Santos, PEZA officer-in-charge deputy director general for operations, said in a […]

Guidelines for the transfer of PEZA-registered IT-BPM firms to the BoI

Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) registered companies are required to operate within economic zones in order to be entitled to tax incentives. However, due to the pandemic, the Fiscal Incentives Review Board (FIRB) temporarily allowed PEZA companies to adopt work-from-home (WFH) arrangements for a certain percentage of the workforce, while still enjoying tax incentives. With […]

Lawmaker calls for improved registration among indigenous and poor communities

A SENATOR on Thursday called on the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Office of the Civil Registrar to ramp up registration among indigenous and poor communities to ensure their inclusion in social services, especially children.    “Children without a birth certificate are one of the most vulnerable classes of people as they are bereft of […]

The growing popularity of the Board of Investments

Recently, there has been a growing interest from the Registered Business Enterprise (RBE) in the Information Technology and Business Processing Management (IT-BPM) sector to register with the Board of Investments (BoI) because of the need to maintain flexible work arrangements, specifically the ability to allow employees to Work From Home (WFH). On Sept. 14, the […]

Editorial: Mandatory SIM card registration: Prelude to a surveillance state?

Amid the onslaught of fraudulent text messages, lawmakers have made their moves to make mobile subscriber identity module or SIM card registration mandatory.The chances of the proposed SIM Card Registration Act becoming a full-fledged law are now getting brighter, despite the opposition from human rights groups. This development came following the Congress’ Bicameral Conference Committee’s […]

Senate approves SIM card registration bill on final reading

THE SENATE on Tuesday unanimously approved on third and final reading a bill mandating the registration of subscriber identity module (SIM) cards for electronic devices.   “Finally, we can do more than just ignoring, deleting or blocking the numbers with fraudulent or spam messages,” Senator Mary Grace Natividad S. Poe-Llamanzares, primary author and sponsor of the […]

Globe wants SIM registration law to require valid IDs

GLOBE Telecom, Inc. on Monday said the proposed law on the registration of subscriber identity modules (SIM) cards should require users to present verifiable identity documents. “There is a need for an authentic, verifiable source document that establishes a SIM holder’s identity,” Globe General Legal Counsel Froilan Vicente M. Castelo said in an e-mailed statement. […]