Gatchalian dismayado sa mahal na Internet sa Pinas

Gatchalian dismayado sa mahal na Internet sa Pinas

March 18, 2023 @ 4:34 PM 5 days ago


MANILA, Philippines- Dismayado si Senator Sherwin Gatchalian sa mataas na bayad sa Isa bansa, na mas mahal pa kumpara sa Singapore.

Inilahad ni Senator Sherwin Gatchalian ang mataas na singil sa Internet access sa bansa, at binigyang-diin ang na dapat gawing abot-kaya ang halaga ng online connectivity para sa mga consumer.

Sa forum na inorganisa ng Senate Public Services Committee na may temang “Increasing Digital Connectivity in the Philippines”, sinabi ni Gatchalian na sa pagdating sa Internet affordability, ang average monthly cost ng internet services sa hindi bababa sa 60 megabits per second (mbps) average speed sa Pilipinas ay halos P2,057, batay sa pagtataya ng crowd-sourced global database Numbeo.

Kung ikukumpara, mas mataas ito ng 5 porsyento sa monthly cost nito sa Singapore na P1,951 lamang.

Ang Singapore ang may fastest average speed na 234.6 mbps pagdating sa fixed broadband connection.

“These figures speak for themselves. We need to upgrade the quality of our internet services. We need to ensure that the amount we’re paying for internet services is commensurate to the quality that we’re receiving. Filipino citizens pay more than Singaporeans for internet service,” giit ni Gatchalian.

“Compared to other ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries, the Philippines lags in terms of mobile internet speed, with average downloads clocking in at just 24.6 mbps and this is about 3.64 times slower than Brunei, which has the fastest reported connection in the ASEAN region.”

“Higher connectivity to the internet is related to higher labor force participation, employment mobility, job creation, and overall job growth. Internet access also enables access to critical public services like education and healthcare and strengthening economic and social resilience,” aniya pa.

Upang palawakin ang public access sa internet, ikinasa ng Kamara ang “Free Internet Access in Public Places Act” para magbigay ng libreng internet access sa government offices at mga pampublikong lugar.

Subalit, batau sa “Digital 2023” report, 73.1 porsyento lamang ang internet adoption sa Pilipinas. Nangangahulugan ito na 80 milyong Pilipino lamang ang nakakagamit ng internet.

“If we could solve the issues we have with digital connectivity, we can be assured of universal, affordable, and reliable internet connectivity which is a key component for inclusive economic recovery,” ayon kay Gatchalian. RNT/SA