Sen. Gatchalian Urges Telcos To Address Slow Internet Speed In Provinces

Sen. Gatchalian Urges Telcos To Address Slow Internet Speed In Provinces

Spotlight

Celebrate The Holidays With MMFF 2020, Globe, And Upstream

Globe and its partners also encourages moviegoers to fight online privacy.

More Than 124k Drivers, Operators Join Transport Cooperatives

A total 124,443 drivers and franchise owners and operators have joined accredited transport cooperatives ready for franchise consolidation.

Globe Recreates The Way You Learn With Special Promos

Globe introduces special Go promos for students and the GoTOK series to make quality learning and self-improvement accessible for everyone online and in real life!

Roma Point Bridge Construction In Full Swing With Republic Cement Support

Expected to be the longest bridge in Calabarzon, the Roma Point Bridge, also known as the Alabat Bridge, will be 1.7 kilometers long upon completion and will connect Alabat Island to mainland Quezon province.

Senator Win Gatchalian urged more wholesale bandwidth providers to enter the provincial market to improve the speed of internet service for distance learning.

Gatchalian made the call after telecommunications companies in the provinces revealed during Wednesday’s Public Services Committee hearing that they can only provide 2 megabits per second (Mbps) up to 20 Mbps of internet speed, way below the average for live events. The minimum speed for streaming video is at least 3 Mbps.

This raised concern to Gatchalian in the wake of the scheduled school opening on October 5, when the country’s estimated 28 million learners would begin to take lessons online.

“When school opens on October 5, we have a total of 27.9 million learners—24.5 million kinder to senior high school and 3.4 million in the tertiary level expected to depend on internet connectivity. We can anticipate internet congestion especially during peak hours when most, if not all, are online for their distance learning,” said Gatchalian.

“Small players, who in effect act as resellers to their subscribers, need to buy more bandwidth from the service providers. It could even bring down the high cost of internet service,” the senator added.

Gatchalian also took note of the lack of digital infrastructures in the provinces.

Currently, there are 17,850 existing cell sites in the Philippines according to the 2019 3rd Quarter Report by TowerXChange, an informal network advisor in the market tower industry worldwide. But the country, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) recently said, needs at least 50,000 additional cell towers to improve services.

“While we cannot address this overnight, considering the infrastructure gap in this issue, there’s still a solution in sight to address the clamor for improved telecommunication services as we struggle in adapting to the new normal,” Gatchalian pointed out.

He was referring to the provision in the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2 which gives telcos a three-year window to construct cell towers sans the issuance of close to 40 permits from concerned national agencies and local government units (LGUs).

Except for the building permit, Bayanihan 2 temporarily suspends for three years the requirements to secure other permits and clearances for the construction of telecommunications and internet infrastructure.

Gatchalian urged stakeholders to take advantage of the said suspension of the documentary requirements and permits in building cell towers.

“Walang hindi makikinabang kung bibilis na ang internet connectivity dito sa atin. Mula bata, na ngayon ay nakadepende na sa distance learning, hanggang sa pinaka simpleng pangangailangan natin – food deliveries, bills payment at kung anu-ano pa – lahat pwede mo nang magawa online. Sana samantalahin ng mga telcos ang pagkakataon na binibigay sa kanila ng batas,” he said.

Guv. Manotoc: Ilocos Norte Relaxes Borders To Returning Residents

More families are going to reunite soon as the province of Ilocos Norte relaxes its borders to returning residents following the reopening of tourism to all Luzon residents including those from areas under general community quarantine status.

LTFRB-10 Urges Public To Report PUVs Violating Health Protocols

Failure to wear a face mask and face shield will be penalized accordingly.

Tarlac City Residents Asked To Observe ‘Undas’ Guidelines

Tarlac City reminds residents to strictly comply with guidelines governing the observance of the All Saints’ Day or Undas.

DSWD Completes Assessment Of 14.4M Poor Families For Listahanan 3

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says they have completed assessing the 14.4 million poor families included in the initial list of the third-round of assessment of the “Listahanan 3” or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction.

Surviving WWII Veterans In E. Visayas To Get Cash Aid

The provincial government of Leyte will extend cash assistance to living World War II veterans in Eastern Visayas as simple gratitude for their service 76 years ago.

‘The Voice Teens’ Alum Lukas Magallano Releases Debut Single ‘Magic Of Love’

Former "The Voice Teens" season 2 contestant Lukas Magallano is formally entering the recording industry through his freshly released debut single "Magic of Love." Check it out!

DOLE Gives P26-M Aid To 4K Bicolanos

The grant aims to see people's lives transform from good to better, then better to best, said Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

Galvez: 20M Pinoys To Initially Get COVID-19 Vaccine Once Available

The government targets to immunize an initial 20 million Filipinos once the vaccine for COVID-19 is available in the country.

Bacolod City Shares Best COVID-19 Practices With Other LGUs

Bacolod City shares its best practices in responding to the COVID-19 crisis with some LGUs in Negros Occidental and other provinces in Western Visayas.

SMC Rolls Out Bicycle Program For Employees, RSA Urges Motorists To Safely Share The Road

The bicycle program rolled out by San Miguel Corporation allows employees to purchase a unit for around P2,000 to P3,000 that they can then pay for with no interest for twelve months.