SHAPE UP NOW TELCOS -PALACE
Malacanang said Tuesday,
President Rodrigo Duterte, pissed off over poor internet service, warned telecommunication providers that they had until this December to improve their services or face the risk of “closure” or “expropriation.”
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said telecommunication providers should submit a report on their new towers, following mounting complaints from their customers who always experience wifi or internet service interruptions.
Roque said he was still relying on internet applications to communicate and that there seemed to be “no improvement yet” on the service of duopoly PLDT and Globe Telecom.
Customers were not satisfied with the slow response of the three telecommunications providers, the PLDT and Globe. The palace official said.
“I am urging telcos, how will you repay the President with your request to fast-track the approval of telecom towers?”
He added, “I would like to invite both companies to submit to us the new towers that have been built. And I really want them to commit when they will improve their service.”
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said, more than 2,000 permits and clearances to build cell towers filed by telecommunications companies have been approved by local government units.
In a briefing with President Duterte aired on Monday night, Año said a total 2,220 telecommunication permits have been approved to address the public clamor for improved telecommunications services, especially during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) where millions of people are working and studying from home.
The Palace official has coordinated with the regulatory body National Telecommunications Commission to order these companies to improve their service.
Looking back, in July, Duterte told telecommunication companies to improve the services before December.
Duterte had said,
“Better have that line cleared…If you are not ready to improve, I might just as well close all of you and we revert back to the line telephone. I will take that expropriate to the government.
Telcos should report to his Cabinet officials the local government units hampering the building of cell sites in the country.”
The President claimed Filipinos were not getting their money’s worth in paying for the slow broadband services offered by telco firms.