Globe and Smart to suspend mobile services during the Black Nazarene Procession

Here’s the official announcement from Smart and Globe.

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Cities that will be affected by the mobile service suspension are;

  • Quiapo
  • Manila
  • Quezon City
  • Mandaluyong
  • Makati
  • and cities near the procession route

Prepaid Load Expiry Extended to One Year

Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT);

Good news for the holidays! The expiry date of unused prepaid credits of mobile users will be extended to one year from date of top-up.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology inked a Joint Memorandum Circular with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on December 20, Wednesday, amending the previous version of NTC’s Memorandum Circular No. 03-07-2009 Guidelines on Prepaid Loads.

As of December 2016, there were around 130 million mobile users in the country, and the government wishes to afford subscribers more time to use their prepaid mobile credits.

The JMC states that prepaid loads, regardless of amount, will have one-year validity, and this will take effect on January 5, 2018.

“We came up with a realistic solution… the one-year expiry date is very safe for consumers because that one year assures that they will be able to use the load,”[i] OIC Rio said.

Those prepaid credits purchased for promos and other services with specific period of use, as approved by NTC and DTI, are excluded from the coverage.

“With this circular, President Rodrigo Duterte hopes to give the public a gift this holiday season that everyone can truly benefit from in the coming years,”[ii] DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said in a statement.

The Joint Memorandum Circular was signed by DICT Officer-in-Charge Eliseo Rio, Jr., NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

Great news to all Prepaid users!

NTC Orders Block Of 21 Porn Sites In PH, Both PLDT, Globe Comply

John Nieves, reporting for Unbox;

We earlier reported on the block of more popular porn websites a few days earlier. While a bunch of people said that they could no longer access their favorite porn site, a large swath of the population could still visit their porn website of choice. But it looks like the porn block will soon expand to cover more websites and ISPs, as the NTC has ordered the block of 21 porn websites, according to Interaksyon.

NTC Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarrios sent the order to all ISPs last December on the request of the PNP.