SIM REGISTRATION. A resident in Malita, Davao Occidental, is being assisted by a telco personnel during the remote SIM card registration initiated by the National Telecommunications Commission in Davao Region (NTC-11) in the town last month. From January to April 25, NTC-11 logged more than 20,000 individuals who received assistance and successfully registered their SIM cards. (PNA photo by Robinson Niñal Jr.)

DAVAO CITY – The National Telecommunications Commission in Davao Region (NTC-11) urged Wednesday local government units (LGUs) to facilitate remote registration to further expand the coverage of registered SIM (subscriber identity module) cards in Region 11.

In a press briefing here, NTC-11 Director Nelson Cañete said more than 20,000 registrations have been done in the remote areas of the region from January to April 25.

Along with the registration drive, Cañete challenged the LGUs to continue the ongoing information campaign in participation of Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) representatives.

“The SK can assist us because we all know that the youth are very techie. We ask for their help, especially in assisting the pregnant, elderly, and persons with disabilities who cannot come to our remote registration sites,” Cañete said.

NTC-11, he said, will continue to go to conduct registration in remote areas that needed a follow-up due to the low turnout of registrants.

“It is an exciting 90-day extension because it is not an ordinary sim card registration. There will be some conditions that will be implemented for those who have not yet registered,” he added.

However, he said NTC-11 is still waiting for the guidelines on relaxed requirements in order for the residents in the remote areas to register their SIM cards.

“We really have a problem with valid identification cards in the far-flung areas. We are hoping for relaxed requirements wherein they will be allowed to use barangay certificates or a cedula. But we recognized the police and National Bureau of Investigation clearances,” Cañete explained. (PNA)