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The committee chaired by Rep. Joel Roy Duavit (Rizal Province) approved the unnumbered substitute bill that aims to protect and promote the right of consumers to privacy and protect them from unwanted calls and text messages inducing purchase of goods and services, and solicitations.
The bill is in substitution of House Bill 1030 filed by Rep. Roman Romulo (Pasig City) and House Resolution 86 by Rep. Winston Castelo (Quezon City).
Romulo said his proposal would prevent unwanted calls and text messages that intrude, disturb and disrupt the activity of any individual, and require a more responsible and accountable business practice.
"The freedom of the business-oriented person or entities to promote and sell their goods and services ends where the freedom of individuals to privacy is exercised," he said.
Through the enactment into law of the measure, Romulo said consumers will be protected from unsolicited calls and texts with an end in view of empowering them with the freedom to choose their transactions and maintaining consumers' right to be let alone.
Castelo, meanwhile in HR 86, called for an inquiry into and a stop to the scheme of unscrupulous individuals who use fraudulent text messages to dupe unsuspecting consumers and con them of their hard-earned money.
The approved substitute bill provides that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) shall establish a No Calls and No Text Registry. The identity and privacy of the persons registered shall be kept highly confidential such that only the telephone numbers may be accessed from the registry.
The bill provides that any person shall register first with the NTC before he or she can access the telephone numbers in the No Calls and No Text Registry.
The bill allows any person to register only up to three mobile phone numbers of the network provider, and that the registration of persons below 18 years of age may be done by their parents or legal guardian. Registration of fixed telephone numbers shall only be allowed for residential lines.
Outbound and unsolicited calls and text messages maybe managed or limited by any cellular telephone user by registering in the No Calls and No Text Registry of the NTC, the bill provides. Furthermore, no outbound and unsolicited calls and text messages shall be made or sent to the telephone numbers on the NTC registry.