- Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque’s virtual meeting with NTC was interrupted by poor internet connection
- Even DITC Usec. Manny Caintic experienced the problem firsthand during his speech
- Roque assured that he would inform Pres. Rodrigo Duterte about the incident
- Caintic gave some recommendations on how the telco services can be improved
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Manny Caintic experienced firsthand how problematic is the internet connection in the Philippines.
Roque conducted a press briefing with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) via teleconferencing. It was also attended by the DICT undersecretary, who served as the guest speaker.
The said briefing was focused on the NTC’s report on the telco firms’ services in the country.
Ironically, their virtual meeting was briefly disrupted due to the poor internet connection.
During the question-and-answer part, in which Communications Undersecretary Rocky Ignacio had to read the questions sent by reporters, they experienced sudden disconnection.
Even Caintic was also disconnected for more than a minute while he was speaking.
Due to the circumstances, Roque informed NTC that the disconnections would be included in his report to the president.
“Sa aking report po sa Presidente sa Lunes sasabihin ko po ang nangyari on the day we rendered a report on the telcos—na nawalan po kami ng connection sa lahat,” he said.
The spokesperson also asked Caintic what the solution to the internet connection problem in the country could be.
“More towers, more fiber cables, and better customer service.” The DITC undersecretary responded.
“It takes time to build (cell towers) but we help them build by making our regulations easy, firm, and faster,” he added.
According to Roque, he will talk to President Rodrigo Duterte about the issue with NTC and DITC’s recommendations on how the telco services in the country will be improved.
Roque ended the briefing by assuring that the president will make sure that by the end of his term, there will better internet connection in the Philippines.
It can be remembered that Pres. Duterte warned the telco firms in the Philippines, namely Globe Telecom and PLDT Smart, to improve their services.
Based on the previous report of the NTC, Roque assured that the internet connection in the country is improving. However, there are many who doubt this.
Harry Roque serves as President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesperson. He is a lawyer and a former law professor.
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