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POE TO TELCOS: FAST-TRACK INTERNET ACCESS INFRA

Senator Grace Poe urged telecommunications companies to continually fast-track the construction of cell towers and installation of fiber optic cables, as processes in securing government permits have already been shortened. “We must not cease to work double time to ensure faster and better internet service to all our people across the country,” said Poe, chairperson […]

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GATCHALIAN TO TELCOS: IMPROVE INTERNET SERVICE

It’s been over three months since telecommunications companies were given by President Rodrigo Duterte the ultimatum to improve their services, consumers continue to suffer from unreliable internet connectivity in the country, Senator Win Gatchalian emphasized. Add to this, Gatchalian said, is the poor customer service afforded by telcos to its subscribers who lodge complaints over […]

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MEYCAUAYAN DISTANCE LEARNING GETS NET ACCESS BOOST

The city government of Meycauayan in Bulacan has upgraded the internet connectivity for the 30 city public schools to improve the distance learning experience of students amid the pandemic. Mayor Linabelle Villarica said the fund for the “Meycauayan Connect” was part of the reprogrammed P100 million in the city’s “Special Education Fund para sa New […]

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GIVE LEARNERS LAPTOPS, NET ACCESS – GATCHALIAN

A recently-released Southeast Asia-wide study on the learning outcomes of Grade 5 learners in 2019 revealed that around 20 percent of learners in the Philippines share Mathematics or Reading textbooks. For Senator Win Gatchalian, this adds urgency to providing every public school learner with laptop and internet connectivity for a more efficient and equitable distribution […]

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2021 BUDGET TO BOOST PH INTERNET SERVICE – ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara said the country should begin to experience better internet connectivity even in remote and inaccessible areas once the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) completes the first phase of its National Broadband Program (NBP). Under the P4.5 trillion General Appropriations Bill that was ratified recently by Congress, Angara noted that the […]

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POE TO TELCOS: IMPROVE INTERNET SERVICES NOW

Senator Grace Poe is urging telecommunications companies to expedite the construction of connectivity infrastructure to improve services for children and students who need to rely increasingly on internet connection for online education. A survey conducted by the Asian Development Bank Institute revealed that 46 percent of Filipino families with children are not attending school because […]

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FIRST ‘E-ESKWELA’ HUB OPENS IN BAGUIO CITY – MAGALONG

The first “e-Eskwela” hub was opened recently at the public library in Burnham Park led by the city government, the Ang Probinsiyano Party-list (APPL), and Frontrow Enterprises. APPL Representative Ronnie Ong said the hub, which was made possible thru the public-private partnership (PPP), is the first of several that will be established in Manila, Pasig, […]

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ANGARA TO HONASAN: FAST-TRACK FREE INTERNET IN SUCs

Senator Sonny Angara is urging newly-appointed Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Gringo Honasan to fast-track the setting up of free internet access in the country’s state universities and colleges (SUC), a program which has been plagued by delays. Out of the country’s 112 SUCs, only 17 have been installed free Wi-Fi hotspots […]

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TOLENTINO TO DICT: PROVIDE UPDATE, REPORT ON FREE WiFi ROLLOUT

Senate administration bet and former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino called on the Department of Information and Communications Techonology (DICT) to give a detailed and comprehensive update on the rollout of free wifi internet access in public places nationwide, saying “public expectation is high and the government needs to meet the demand […]

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DICT-NEA AGREEMENT ON ‘GRASSROOTS’ BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS TO BOOST COUNTRYSIDE DEVELOPMENT — PIMENTEL

Senator Koko Pimentel III praised a newly-signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on broadband Internet access between the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and one of the largest electric coop groups in the country as “a milestone that will boost modernization and development in the countryside.” DICT, NEA and […]