Government and industry leaders met today (9 March 2017) to discuss ways of providing faster and affordable internet to the common people.

Secretary Rodolfo A. Salalima of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) highlighted the need for consumer-driven approaches in achieving an effective Philippine e-government, during the first day of the two-day Telecommunications Summit. He added that every Filipino should be accorded efficient and affordable telecommunications services.

DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima speaks before telecommunications industry players, regulators, and consumers during the first Philippine Telecommunications Summit

“The right to telecommunications services is a basic human right that is rooted from the right of every man to public service,” Salalima said. He encouraged all the participants to come up with a consensus toward improved public service. “Public service cannot wait; public service must never be late,” he said.

The country’s first Telecommunications Summit was organized by the DICT in partnership with the Philippine Chamber of Telecommunications Operators (PCTO). It was held at The PICC Forum, Pasay City, Manila.

The summit serves as a platform for a no-holds-barred dialogue among stakeholders from different telecom industry players, experts, consumers, and regulators. Speakers from these stakeholders’ group discussed the state of the country’s telecommunications, with emphasis on three main concerns: cost, speed, and coverage of telecommunications services.

The approved National Broadband Plan, which is envisioned to set government policy and infrastructure initiatives to facilitate the delivery of fast and affordable connectivity for all, was also presented for the first time during the summit.

A task force composed of members from different sectors will be formed to facilitate continuous discussions after the summit and implement prescribed solutions toward improved telecom services.

The 2017 Telecoms Summit carries the theme “Telecommunications for Nation Building: National Consensus and Solutions for Progress.” It aims to serve as a venue to determine underlying problems and reconcile ideas to come up with solutions for better telecommunications in the Philippines.