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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Bicam approves bill for Mobile Number Portability
19 November 2018 08:28:30 AM

Filipinos can soon keep their phone numbers even as they shift network providers or subscription plans once the Mobile Number Portability becomes a law.

On Tuesday, the Bicameral Conference Committee approved the reconciled version of the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) bill, which is set to boost competition between mobile service providers and promote consumer welfare.

“This is a game-changing law. This will give consumers more freedom when it comes to choosing what mobile service provider they want to subscribe to,” said Rep. Victor Yap (2nd District, Tarlac).

The reconciled version of the MNP bill also includes a provision for the non-imposition of an interconnection fee, which will alleviate consumers’ worries about being charged extra if they contact someone who’s actually from a different network, Yap added.

Yap, who chairs the lower chamber’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Committee, was one of the bill’s main proponents and served as its sponsor when it was being deliberated upon by the House of Representatives.

“This will reduce barriers towards switching providers and help break the dominance of current telcos in the country. Since subscribers will no longer have to worry about the cost of switching networks, such as having to inform people about the change, update relevant forms, and possibly miss important calls, they will be more willing to try other service providers,” said Yap.

Under the MNP bill, a Recipient Provider, or the mobile service provider that a subscriber wishes to move to, must transmit a subscriber’s MNP Application to their current service provider or Donor Provider. The Donor Provider must then transmit the notice of clearance to the Recipient Provider so that the number can be cleared for porting and activated under the new network.

Should a client have any existing financial obligation, they will be given three working days to settle their unpaid dues. If a client does not pay these fees after the three-day period, the Donor Provider will notify the Recipient Provider of the non-payment.

While a processing a subscriber’s move to a different network, the Donor Provider, must continue providing them with all mobile telecommunications services until an otherwise specified date.

Present during the bicameral conference committee were Rep. Victor Yap, Rep. Virgilio Lacson (Manila Teachers Partylist), Rep. Eric Olivarez (1st District, Parañaque City), Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, and Sen. Nancy Binay.

The proposed Mobile Number Portability Act consolidates House Bill Numbers 2873, 5195, 5765, 6563, 7148, 7281 and 7359 which were filed by Reps. Victor A. Yap (2ndDistrict, Tarlac), Lord Allan Q. Velasco (Lone District, Marinduque), Wes Gatchalian (1st District, Valenzuela), Carlos Isagani Zarate (Bayan Muna), Alfred Vargas (5th District, Quezon City), Luis Raymund Villafuerte, Jr. (2nd District, Camarines Sur), and John Marvin Nieto (3rd District, Manila) respectively, as well as Senate Bill Numbers 1636 and 1237, which were both filed by Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian.

SOURCE: Office of Rep. Victor Yap