Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the National Broadband Plan (NBP) on Monday (6 March 2017) during the cabinet meeting in Malacañang, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Manny Piñol's Facebook post.
In his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July, President Duterte ordered the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to develop the NBP to boost the deployment of fibre optic cables and wireless technologies in the country to improve the internet speed.
In an exclusive interview with Computerworld Philippines in January, DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima said that the government will establish broadband infrastructures from the northern to the southern parts of the country, under the proposed NBP. This aims to deliver telecommunications services to government agencies and areas in the countryside that are currently without access to the internet.
Salalima added that implementing the NBP will likely to cost between PHP 77 billion to PHP 199 billion, without existing cables or components to use. It will thus take three to four years to be fully implemented.
There is currently no confirmation as to whether the plan approved by the President is the same as the one proposed. In a Facebook post, DICT said that Undersecretary Denis F. Villorente will discuss the details of the NBP during his talk at the Philippine Telecom Summit on Thursday and Friday (9 and 10 March 2017).
Meanwhile, Piñol also confirmed the approval of the National Government Portal (NGP) in his Facebook post.
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