Metro Manila, Philippines— Filipinos may soon be able to keep their mobile numbers regardless of their service provider.
Malacañang on Tuesday announced that President Rodrigo Duterte signed a slew of bills into law, including Republic Act 11202, or the Mobile Number Portability Act.
The law requires telecommunication companies to allow “qualified subscribers” to be able to keep their mobile numbers when they move to another service provider. The law did not specify who counts as a “qualified subscriber.”
The move should also allow mobile providers to have the option to change their subscription plan from postpaid to prepaid or vice-versa.
Keeping one’s old mobile number should also be free of charge, according to the law.
President Duterte signed the law on February 8, 2019.
The National Telecommunications Commission, Department of Information and Communications Technology, National Privacy Commission, Philippine Competition Commission and other concerned agencies will craft the law’s implementing rules and regulations.