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Bill on ‘lifetime’ cellphone numbers gets nod from Senate

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The Senate recently approved a bill to allow Filipino cellphone users keep their numbers for life.

On February 20, Senate Bill No. 1636 or the proposed “The Lifetime Cellphone Number Act” got a nod from the Senate.

The said bill was sponsored and authored by Senator Sherwin Gathchalian, chair of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs.

It god 20 yes votes, without abstentions and negative votes.

Even if Filipinos shift from one service provider or subscription plan to another, they will be able to keep their numbers, the bill stated.

Public telecommunications companies will be demanded to provide consumers with mobile number portability (MNP) to allow them to change network providers at no cost.

These services providers have to implement the MNP within 24 hours, or they could be penalized of up to P1 million.

“The bill would give consumers them the freedom to choose the provider that would give the best value for their money without having to lose or change their mobile numbers,” Gatchalian said.

However, Filipinos should not be bothered as their data will remain confidential under the Data Privacy Act of 2012.

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