As reports of spurious text messages, suspicious links to websites, and confusion surrounding SIM card registration abound, Senator Nancy Binay asked government agencies and telecommunication providers to set up mobile kiosks to assist mobile phone registrants.
According to Binay, mobile kiosks in malls, plazas, schools, community centers will both serve as an information booth, and a registration center.
“Siguro, pwede nating tingnan as a template or operational model during the pandemic ang ‘gaya ng COVID vaccination centers sa LGUs.”
“Siguro, pwede nating tingnan as a template or operational model during the pandemic ang ‘gaya ng COVID vaccination centers sa LGUs. Meaning, isang offsite venue that would serve as an inquiry/information booth, and at the same time as a registration center that would assist non-techie mobile users, and those without internet access,” the veteran legislator suggested.
The seasoned lawmaker said that confusion in the registration, and the unexpected technical glitches have brought out problems on both ends of the registration process.
“Confusion brings out all sorts of problems.”
“Confusion brings out all sorts of problems,” the lady senator noted.
“Naiintindihan natin ang birth pains ng telcos, kaya mas mainam na i-simplify natin ang proseso sa pagre-register, at tulungan ‘yung mga ‘di gaanong pamilyar sa online transactions. Kaya gusto natin na ang DICT, NTC, ang mga telco, PIA, media, at LGUs na mag-collaborate at magkaroon ng sistema tulad ng ginawa sa vaccination drive but modified and adapted for purposes of SIM registration,” she pointed out.
Binay likewise urged the DICT to come up with an omnibus and unified nationwide information drive to guide the public about SIM card registration, and provide free internet access in offsite registration centers for mobile users who do not have internet access.
There are more than 160 million active mobile users in the Philippines.