President Duterte signs MNP Act into law

19 Feb 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has signed into law an act that that will enable consumers to keep their mobile numbers when switching service providers or changing their subscription plans. Local press reports confirm the president ratified the Mobile Number Portability Act on 8 February 2019 which is set up to ‘foster the freedom to choose and to respond to quality, price, and other relevant considerations.’ Per the Act, Filipino telecoms operators should ensure that customers are not charged for requesting to keep their number, while the whole porting process should take no more than 48 hours, it states. Further, the Act imposes a fine of up to PHP1 million (USD19,113) and the threat of the revocation of a telco’s operating franchise if in any instance a request for mobile number portability (MNP) is deemed to have been ‘unjustly refused even after mediation’. The National Telecommunications Commission is also empowered to award up to PHP40,000 per subscriber for damages.