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Sagot sa ‘vanishing’ load: Poe seeks longer validity for prepaid loads

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Senator Grace Poe on Wednesday vowed to advance the interest of millions of Filipino mobile prepaid subscribers as she pressed for longer validity periods for prepaid loads.

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 that the setting aside of the expiry period is feasible and suggested that this can be done based on 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. Credits worth P10 or lower will be valid for three days from the previous one-day expiration.

Loads more than P10 up to P50 can be used for 15 days while credits worth more than P50 up to P100 will remain valid for 30 days.

Loads more than P100 to P150 will expire at the end of 45 days while credits of more than P150 to P250 will last for 60 days. More than P250 to P300 will remain valid for 75 days while credits worth more than P300 will last for 120 days.