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Grace Poe pushes for longer call and text load expiry

 

Senator Grace Poe on Wednesday is pushing for a longer expiry period for text and data load cards to put an end to the “vanishing load” scam of mobile phone firms on millions of Filipino mobile prepaid subscribers.

Poe, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Services, is set to call for technical working group (TWG) meetings to thresh out concerns surrounding prepaid load and other related issues.

“We have to consider what is best for the highest interest of our consumers,” said Poe, adding that the current rules issued in 2009 which set a minimum validity of three days for prepaid load “is quite brief.”

“Ang mga mahihirap na kadalasang walang kapasidad na bumili nang mas mahal na load ay napupwersang bumili nang paunti-unting load sa maliit na halaga para lamang ma-maintain na active ang kanilang SIM card,” Poe added.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) told Poe hat revising the expiry period was feasible and suggested that this could be implemented through a 17-year-old memorandum circular.

Under NTC Memorandum Circular No. 03-07-2009, loads with higher values will have longer expiration or validity periods:

* load worth P10 or lower will expire after three days
* load worth between P10 and P50 will expire after 15 days
* load worth between P50 and P100 will expire after 30 days
* load worth between P100 and P150 will expire after 45 days
* load worth between P150 and P250 will expire after 60 days
* load worth between P250 and P300 will expire after 75 days
* load worth more than P300 will expire after 120 days.

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