Senator Imee Marcos urged the Department of Information and Communications (DICT) to step up to the call of the times, pointing out that the agency doesn’t seem to prioritize improving the poor Internet connectivity in the Philippines.

“Slow Internet speed plus limited online access equal to a sluggish economy and a sorry standard of living, more so for the local government units (LGUs) in more remote areas of the country,” said Marcos.

The senator explained that the government’s accomplishments on contact tracing, online education, e-commerce, and e-jobs, among others, will depend greatly on a reliable digital infrastructure.

She emphasized that digital infrastructure must also receive the same priority as public works and transportation projects under the “Build, Build, Build” program.

Marcos also questioned the state of the third telco player DITO Telecommunity. “Whatever happened to the entry of a third telco player? The public eagerly awaits an update on the timeline of DICT’s programs,” she added.

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