Updated on October 1, 2022
To assist the country’s economic recovery from the pandemic, PLDT and its wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) call on the public and private sectors to improve their Internet connectivity to accelerate their economic growth recovery.
In a recent webinar organized by the University of the Philippines Public Administration Research and Extension Services Foundation, Inc. (UPPAF), PLDT First Vice President and Head of Regulatory and Strategic Affairs Atty. Aileen Regio stressed the critical role that PLDT and Smart play in the country’s transformative journey and economic recovery, particularly during the current economic downturn.
Understanding that telecommunications and connectivity are critical in stimulating the growth of the modern economy is something that we all agree on. At this point in time, when COVID-19 has continued to plague our country, telecommunications have become even more critical,” Atty. Regio stated.
The recovery from COVID-19 and the recovery of the Philippine economy will both be aided by fast and resilient connectivity, which will be critical in the future. Strong and reliable connectivity and telecommunications services are also essential if we are to achieve our goals of transforming government into a digitally transformed organization.
It is critical, according to Atty. Regio that both the public and private sectors collaborate to improve the country’s Internet connectivity to support a more inclusive business industry, including micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.
Just to reiterate our assurance and commitment to the government in its efforts to introduce pro-investment telecommunications policies, including all measures that will accelerate the rollout of telecommunications infrastructure in the country, on behalf of PLDT and SMART, I would like to express our firm support for these efforts.
This is even more true today, as we face a new crisis that has altered the way we live,” Atty. Regio stated in his statement. “We believe that when both the public and private sectors work together, we will be able to achieve our common goal of having a world-class telecommunications service in the country, thereby improving government processes and systems and improving the lives of our countrymen.
During the session, Atty. Jeremiah B. Belgica, Secretary and Director General of the Anti-Red Tape Authority, shared information about the government’s efforts to reform regulatory frameworks to improve connectivity and citizens’ access to government services.
According to Atty. Belgica, the government’s efforts are geared toward creating more efficient systems easily accessible to the general public.
PECE Director for the Government Digital Transformation Bureau under the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Engr. Leo C.L. Urbiztondo, Jr., provided an overview of the DICT’s efforts to address the connectivity challenges local government units (LGUs), businesses, and individuals face.
This includes initiatives such as the National Broadband Plan, which aids in accelerating the installation of fiber optic cables, Free WiFi for All, and the enhancement of government connectivity support through the National Government Data Center.
With their unwavering commitment to ensuring that everyone has access to high-speed Internet, PLDT and Smart are helping the Philippines achieve its Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG #9: Industrialization, Innovation, and Infrastructure.
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