THE Division of Data and Communications Know-how (DICT) has requested for an emergency fund of not less than P2 billion to revive the nation’s digital infrastructure broken by latest typhoons, a senator mentioned on Friday.
“They’ve requested an emergency fund of P2 billion nevertheless it has not been acted upon but. Perhaps the nationwide authorities can also be ready for the PDNA (Publish-Catastrophe Wants Evaluation) to be submitted,” Senator Panfilo M. Lacson mentioned as he defended the DICT’s proposed price range for 2021 throughout Friday’s session.
Mr. Lacson mentioned the division will present the Senate with a replica of the PDNA.
“However as of now, there isn’t a provision to reconstruct no matter injury is brought on by the typhoons,” he mentioned, responding to Sen. Franklin M. Drillon who referred to as the state of affairs “uncommon” in his interpellation.
In the meantime, the DICT proposed a rise within the penalties imposed on telecommunications firms that fail to ship web speeds at ranges marketed.
Mr. Lacson mentioned the DICT is recommending to extend the penalty to P2 million from P200 per day.
The DICT earlier requested a further price range of P17 billion for its Nationwide Broadband Program, and one other P3.6 billion for its free Wifi undertaking. — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza