8-Digit Landline Number To Roll Out On October 6 In Metro Manila
Philippine telcos are now set to migrate landline customers to an 8-digit telephone number format, a move that was supposed to be implemented on March 18, 2019, but was pushed back due to the request of banking stakeholders such as the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) and the Credit Card Association of the Philippines (CCAP) .
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) released a circular last year ordering all existing 7-digit telephone numbers shall be migrated to 8-digit telephone numbers. Each telco providers within the local exchange area ” 02″ shall be assigned a number from digit “3” to “8” to be affixed at the beginning of the 3-digit exchange codes, this will serve as their identifier.
Globe will add “7” as their identifier, while PLDT Inc. will be using “8.”
Area codes will still be applicable
Globe Telecom Inc’s general counsel Froilan Castelo assured that they are ready to migrate their Metro Manila customers’ landline to the 8-digit format. He further elaborated that their teams are working closely with the NTC to assist customers before, during, and after migration.
PLDT subscribers, on the other hand, will have no difficulty adjusting to this new system. Their public affairs head announced that their customers simply need to add the number “8” at the beginning of their existing landline numbers. If your existing number is (02) 123-4567, then it will simply become (02)8123-4567.
PLDT also encouraged their subscribers in Metro Manila and other ‘02’ areas to start disseminating their updated numbers to their callers and updating their promotional materials such as business cards, websites, and social media.