MANILA, Philippines – The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Friday (June 8th) signed a tripartite agreement for the inclusion of the national broadband project, which aims to provide high-speed public Wi-Fi to Filipinos. Matibag said: „It`s seven years in creation. In coming to this agreement, we had a lot of arguments and disagreements, but despite all these things, we are all here to sign the agreement.¬†Matibag said the agreement would stimulate work to build Wi-Fi connections in „public places, including parks, squares, public libraries, schools, government offices, hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports nationwide.“ DICT, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGPC) and the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Friday. The government is aiming for a speed of 10 Mbps by 2020. TransCo, a state-owned and controlled company, owns the country`s electricity grid transmission facilities. The signing will pave the way for the government to use NGCP`s free alternative fiberglass fibreglass, which will help meet the growing demand for faster and more affordable Internet connections. TransCo is a public authority created under the Republic`s Law 9136, known as the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001. TransCo operated and managed the transmission system that connects power plants to federal electricity suppliers. The NBP is the model for building information structures for a digital nation. This was developed by the Philippine government to accelerate the use of fibre optics and wireless technologies and to improve the speed and accessibility of the internet throughout the country, especially in remote areas. The plan highlights the need for universal, faster and more affordable access to the internet through three major strategies. First, the introduction of political and regulatory reforms.

Second, investments in broadband infrastructure. The third is support to stimulate broadband demand. As a result of the two major broadband projects, approximately $2.6 billion will be saved in public resources. Not only that, but also time and manpower are saved. At the same time, it will also help meet the need for a faster and more affordable Internet connection in the country. „I am pleased that NGCP and TransCo have partnered as dealers and owners of the transmission facilities, despite our differences, to bring this gift to the Filipino people. This is a good example of how government and the private sector are coming together to migrate to progress and rural development,“ he said. Only original manufacturers/direct importers and agents can enter into a tripartite contract that fills and downloads Schedule M (Letter of Authorization) with e-bid. A statement from the Ministry of Information and Communications (DICT) highlighted the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the DICT, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo), which sealed the tripartite agreement that will allow the use of an alternative fibreglass of 6,154 kilometres for the implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP).

„We welcome this opportunity to participate in the government`s national broadband plan to address the long-standing problem of the quality of the Philippines` Internet connection,“ he added. A monumental tripartite agreement has been reached between DICT, NGCP and TransCo to seal their partnership for the use of alternative fibre to promote the implementation of NBP. Responsibilities related to the placement of students, facilitators and internship managers are presented ahead of the internship as part of the tripartite agreement for student internships and the apprenticeship agreement associated with them. „We declare our commitment to serving this nation in partnership with DICT and TransCo,“ said Almeda.

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