BAGONG Henerasyon party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy described as anti-poor the latest memorandum on the validity of prepaid load credits to which consumers or subscribers cannot buy prepaid cards with higher value .
According to Herrera-Dy, the imposition of expiration dates for prepaid loads is not backed by any valid reason or even laws and therefore must be scrapped.
Herrera-Dy slammed the National Telecommunications Commission for issuing the. Memorandum. She filed House Resolution 254 urging the House of Representatives to conduct an inquiry in aid of legislation on the imposition of shorter expiration dates on prepaid cards.
Under the NTC Memorandum Circular 03-07-2009, prepaid loads with higher values from P250 to over P300 have longer expiration dates of 75 to over 120 days while cards purchased at P10 to P50 expire within three to 15 days.
“The directive is downright anti-poor and grossly unfair to all prepaid phone subscribers,” Herrera-Dy stressed.
The female solon said it about time to put an end to the practice of telecommunication companies of exploiting consumers by setting validity period for paid load credits.
She also urged the Office of the President to consider scrapping the unfair practice, saying that this should be part of his noble agenda to end abuses committed against ordinary Filipinos.
“The progressive schedule under the Memorandum Circular is downright anti-poor as it only favors richer and more affluent users who benefit from longer validity periods as against poorer customers who quickly lose the right to use up their load,” Herrera Dy said.
She lamented that because of the fast expiration of prepaid loads, telcos are raking revenues.
“Unlike food and medicine, telephone calls and internet access are far from being perishable,” she said.