DICT-DTI-NTC Memorandum Circular: Prepaid load’s validity regardless of amount to have 1-year-expiration

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Regardless of amount, all prepaid loads’ expiration will be extended to one year according to a recent joint memorandum circular of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

DICT officer-in-charge Eliseo Rio Jr., DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez  and NTC commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba signed the circular on Wednesday.

The circular, which will be implemented within 15 days upon publication, will extend the life of prepaid loads regardless of the amount, said Lopez.

“It’s our way to protect the rights of our consumers in the telecommunications industry,” Lopez added.

Rio also gave assurance that the government has discussed with the telco players in coming up with the circular.

Currently, a prepaid load can be extended depending on its amount, like P10 or lower shall be used within three days, while prepaid credits more than P300 may last up to four months.

According to CNN Philippines, December 2016 statistics show that there are 130 million cellphone subscriptions in the Philippines.

And out of that 130 million, postpaid users comprised only 3% of the total mobile services’ subscribers.