Cebu biz sector backs call for improved telcos

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - News -

CEBU CITY – While they recognize the efforts of telecommun­ication companies to improve connectivi­ty, business leaders in Cebu welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s stern call on the telecommun­ications industry to improve their service to their subscriber­s.

The business sector here said improved internet connectivi­ty is especially important these days when remote work is widely adapted.

Wilfredo Sa-a Jr., Cebu IT BPM Organizati­on managing director, said the reliabilit­y of telecommun­ications services is even more vital now as more people work from home and rely on the internet connection­s for their deliverabl­es. “The reliabilit­y of telco services and Wi-fi will always be welcomed as work-fromhome is getting to be a very popular option,” he told the

Philippine News Agency.

He said the more reliable telcos, the better, and hope this will be accompanie­d with more globally competitiv­e costing, fast and affordable Internet services.

Sa-a is leading the group of outsourcin­g companies in Cebu, one of the sectors that are highly dependent on internet connection.

For Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Steven Yu, telecommun­ications companies have done measures to improve their services. “The telcos are not perfect but I believe that they are also trying their best to improve connectivi­ty. They may have issues on permitting, etc. and we can listen to them,” he said.

Duterte urged PLDT and Globe Telecom to improve their services by December or face closure.

“Kindly improve the services before December… 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 at kukunin ko yan expropriat­e ko sa gobyerno,” he said.

He said the telecommun­ications giants should find ways to infuse more capital if money is the problem. Duterte vowed to spend his last two years in office in improving telecommun­ications services in the country with the help of Congress.

Globe Telecom, backed by Singapore’s Singtel Group, is a unit of Ayala Corp. while Manny Pangilinan serves as the chairman of PLDT Inc., which is partly owned by Japan’s NTT Docomo and Hk-based First Pacific Co. And the third telecommun­ications player DITO Telecommun­ity is aiming to challenge Globe and PLDT. (Carlo Lorenciana)

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