The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has released Memorandum Circular No. 03-06-2019 dated June 11, 2019. This circular has for its subject the Rules and Regulations Implementing Republic Act No. 11202 Otherwise Known as The “Mobile Number Portability Act”. The said implementing rules and regulations is in accordance with Republic Act No. 7925, Executive Order No. 546 series of 1979 and RA 11202.
Under RA 11202, the subscribers of mobile telecommunications networks can keep their phone numbers permanently, whether postpaid or prepaid and regardless of network carrier. Memorandum Circular No. 03-06-2019 has set the procedures for the execution of the law.
Who are qualified to apply under Memorandum Circular No. 03-06-2019?
Under Section 6 of the said circular, applicants must hold the following qualifications:
- The subscriber does not have any outstanding financial obligation with existing network provider;
- The subscriber is the assignee of the mobile number used in a device that is not locked;
- A period of sixty (60) calendar days has lapsed from the date of activation of the ported number;
- The subscriber has no pending request for transfer of assignment of the mobile number;
- There is no prohibition for a court of law for the porting of the mobile number;
- The subscriber is not blacklisted by any network carrier due to previous fraudulent activities.
Memorandum Circular No. 03-06-2019 provides two procedures for the application of the Mobile Number Portability, (1) from one mobile network to another and (2) from postpaid to prepaid. The procedures under the two kinds are laid down in the circular.
Denial of application
There are also grounds for the rejection of the application for mobile number porting. Section 12 of Memorandum Circular No. 03-06-2019 enumerates the following as grounds for denial of the application, to wit:
- The subscriber has an outstanding financial obligation or blacklisted due to fraudulent activities;
- A request for the transfer of assignment of the mobile number is under process;
- Porting of the mobile number has been prohibited by a court order, or by law, or rules and regulations issued by the National Telecommunications Commission;
- The porting application submitted is within sixty days from the date of activation of the ported number;
- The mobile number to be ported is part of a bundled service or product;
- The mobile number to be ported is the principal contact number in an account with multiple numbers; and
- The applicant provides invalid USC or does not match the applicant’s mobile number.
Memorandum Circular No. 03-06-2019 takes effect fifteen days after publication or on July 2, 2019.
Download a copy of Memorandum Circular 03-06-19 below: