No Call and No Text Registration Act hurdles Second reading Print
Thursday, 10 May 2018 12:10

By dexter yap

House Bill 7321, a congressional bill which will protect cellular phone subscribers from unwanted calls and text messages, was passed by the House of Representatives on 2nd reading earlier this week.

First District Congressman Celso Lobregat, one of the authors, described the bill as a measure that will promote responsible and accountable business practices by marketing and sales agents.

The solon explained that this bill intends to allow any person to access the No Call Register or No Text Register upon registration with the National Privacy Commission upon payment of a reasonable annual registration fee.

It will  permit any caller or sender to set up a negative option which shall be available to the recipient immediately upon answering the call or at the beginning of the text after providing the required information.

The Bill allows a subscriber to register up to three (3) mobile phone numbers regardless of network subscription.

The measure imposes penalties to any person found to be in violation of the provisions of this Act, without prejudice to administrative sanctions that may be imposed by the National Privacy Commission andor to civil or criminal liability.

Congressman Lobregat added that this legislation will ensure the protection of the interest of mobile phone subscribers vis-à-vis unsolicited commercial speech,  establish standards of conduct for business and industry in sending text messages  to subscribers, promote the fundamental right of a mobile phone service subscriber to privacy, and  ensure the protection of subscribers from unwanted calls and text messages including the purchase of goods and services and other forms of solicitation. (Dexter Yap)