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3rd telco’s entry to boost implementation of work-from-home bill

MANILA — Senator Joel Villanueva said Wednesday the entry of a third telecommunications service provider could boost the implementation of the proposed Telecommuting Act or the Work-From-Home Act.

Telecommuting is the partial or total substitution with computers or telecommunication technologies, or both, for the commute to work by employees.

“The entry of a third telco player will create competition and provide better services amid consumer problems on the country’s slow and expensive internet. It will accommodate the potential influx of reliance on technology that may be brought about by the subsequent implementation of our Telecommuting Bill,” Villanueva, author and sponsor of the measure, said in a news release.

Based on content delivery provider Akamai’s Global State of the Internet report in May 2017, the Philippines is reported to have the slowest average Internet speed in the Asia Pacific, with an average of 5.5 megabits per second (mbps). This is much lower than the global average Internet connection speed, which is pegged at 7.2 mbps.

At present, Internet services in the country are being offered by only two major telecom providers — PLDT and Globe Telecom.

“We want to push for our Filipino workers to have a meaningful work-life balance by encouraging employers to explore telecommuting as a way of allowing work flexibility,” the senator said.

“We therefore urge the Department of Information and Communications Technology, the National Telecommunications Commission and the private sector to work together to upgrade our existing internet infrastructure for our employees to afford an option to work under a flexible work arrangement,” Villanueva said. (Senate PR/PNA)

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