Sen. Angara

Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara called out the government to improve the Philippine’s Internet infrastructure in order to adapt to the new normal brought about by the COVID-19 crisis.

Angara pointed out that the government must make Internet connectivity more accessible and seamless, especially now that companies and employees have turned to remote work due to community quarantines.

“I think that work-from-home is obviously (the new norm). That’s already happening so that’s going to put a strain on our broadband bandwidth,” Angara said in an interview over ANC Headstart.

“So we have to make sure that the infrastructure is there and maybe to switch some of our spending because even though we have this free WiFi program, it is being done in tranches now,” he added.

Internet connectivity has become crucial in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and will remain important even after the pandemic.

“It’s going to be about how we buy our food. It’s going to be how we order our clothes—it already is, actually. It’s going to be how we pay our bills and for many people it’s going to be how they earn a living going forward. It’s going to be how our kids study also. So that’s really very important,” Angara explained.

The Senate has also utilized teleconferencing during plenary sessions, wherein it passed a resolution amending the rules of the Senate to allow senators to attend plenary sessions through teleconferencing or hybrid sessions due to COVID-19.

“Because the Senate has a thousand employees, I don’t think it’s wise to have them all come in. (I think the) work from home is the preferred work arrangement at the moment,” Angara reiterated.

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