China-backed DITO now eyes public schools as sites for base stations


Following the controversial deal that allows China-backed DITO Telecommunity to put up facilities inside military camps, the third telco player bared that it now targets the Department of Education (DepEd) for an agreement that enables the firm to install build base stations in public schools.

“Marami silang ino-offer na benefits and we’re looking at these considerations,” said DepEd Usec. Alain Pascua, adding that the agency is “open” to such deals.

“But we are also exercising our due diligence on this matter so that the government and the youth will not be at a disadvantage,” Pascua added.

DepEd’s legal affairs office is also currently evaluating proposals from Globe Telecom and common tower builder ISOC.

Once the DepEd-DITO deal becomes official, the third telco would be allowed to build facilities within public school premises, that would, in turn, provide access to “immediate Internet connection,” said DITO Chief Technology Officer Rodolfo Santiago.