Just add '8': PLDT announces shift to 8-digit landline numbers


Posted at Jul 24 2019 12:18 PM

MANILA -- PLDT Inc said Wednesday subscribers in Metro Manila and some suburbs will have 8-digit landline numbers starting in October to comply with new regulations.

The National Telecommunications Commission had directed carriers to shift to 8 from 7 numbers "to address the insufficient number of assignable exchange codes," PLDT said in a statement. Rival Globe Telecom announced a similar effort.

The change applies to those whose number are accessible with area code "02": Metro Manila, Rizal province; San Pedro, Laguna and Bacoor, Cavite, PLDT said.

“PLDT subscribers and those calling them will have no difficulty adjusting to this number change. All they have to do is add the number ‘8’ at the start of the existing landline number. So, if your existing number is say 123-4567, then it will become 8123-4567,” said PLDT and Smart public affairs head Ramon Isberto.

The shirt will start early morning of Oct. 6 from 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m., the carrier said.

Callers from the provinces need the dial as usual, "0" plus area code "2" plus the new 8-digit landline, PLDT said.