Philippine government and private sector deliberate on the National Broadband Plan

Representatives from the government and private sector were asked to provide their inputs for the implementation of the NBP.

By Adrian M. Reodique
Dec. 2, 2016

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) held a two-day consultation on28 and 29 November 2016 for the government and private sector to deliberate on the proposed National Broadband Plan (NBP).

In a press release, DICT said the consultation meeting discussed the plan to create a national broadband network that is "open, pervasive, inclusive, affordable, and trusted."

Essentially, the broadband network aims to interconnect government offices across the Philippines, increase internet penetration (especially in far-flung places), and stimulate economic growth by digitally empowering the people.

DICT said the participants were asked to provide their inputs for the NBP, particularly on the three options on how to implement the plan. The options are building of backbones, establishing of government networks and services "unserved" and "underserved" areas, or entry as a complete telecommunications player.

DICT Secretary Rodolfo A. Salalima said the stakeholders must agree on which option is viable for the nation based on the capabilities and resources of government. He added the development approach that they choose must address the concerns of the stakeholders and the people in general.  

In line, a feasibility study will be undertaken on option that the stakeholders choose thus the development of a policy is also being considered to ensure the smooth implementation of the plan.

Last October, DICT Undersecretary Denis F. Villorente said in a report that they are planning to implement the NBP next year.