Pres. Rodrigo Duterte threw a warning to telecommunications companies saying that the administration might allow China to compete against them if they failed to improve their services.
The president also announced in his speech at the National Banana Congress in Davao City last Friday October 7 that he plans to create a one-hour morning TV show that will be dedicated for the complaints of every Filipino citizen. He announced that with the TV show, Filipino citizens can send their supplications regarding faulty government officials or government services.
“Now there is a Malacañang TV, PTV4, so may program ako. I’ll give about, every morning, one hour. Lahat ng Filipino na nakatikim ng whether it’s in the permit sa office of the mayor, or an electrical clearance or way of right already paid but unimplemented, itext mo na lang. Your name, the government official, do not add your name,” Digong said.
He also announced his plans of talking to the “big bosses” of telecommunications companies in the Philippines about the number they have to issue the President. This number will be used by the public to text their complaints.
“Ito ngayon I’ll open a number sa…Magcontribute si Pangilinan pati si Ayala ng numero ko, tutal they are… maraming pera sila dito sa. Wala kayong kumpetensiya. Magtext ako, maghintay ako ng reply. Matulog na muna ako kinabukasan ko pa mabasa,” the president added.
Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) is PLDT and Smart’s chairman and CEO while the Ayalas are one of the major owners of Globe Telecom.
The big telecommunications company were threatened by Duterte saying that if they do not get their services improvement, the Philippines will be open for competitions coming from international companies such as China.
““If you do not do it right, you wait, I’m going to China. I’ll open up everything for competition. Buksan ko na lang lahat” the President warned,
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar shared in an interview with radio dzBB the administration’s plan to solve the country’s problem over slow internet connection. It was suggested by the head of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Rudy Salalima. Andanar said that the administration is eyeing for three possibilities; one, the government will have to create its own telecommunications service center; two, the government will have to supply cell sites or fiber optics to places that cannot be reached by private telecommunications companies; or three, the government will have to open the business for international competitors to spark competition with the local companies.
Iyong solusyon na inilatag ni Secretary Rudy Salalima ay either magtayo iyong gobyerno ng sarili niyang telco; number two, ay punan ng gobyerno iyong mga lugar na mahina or walang presence ng mga cell sites or fiber optics. At pangatlo, ay kumuha talaga ng—magpa-bid out para sa third player at papasukin talaga para mas lalong maging vibrant iyong kompetisyon,” Sec. Andanar said,
Meanwhile, it can be recalled that San Miguel Corp. and Telstra failed to come up with a deal that will supposedly compete with PLDT and Globe.
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