The presidential candidate and mayor of Manila, Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, on Tuesday (November 23rd) pledged that he would invest in improving internet connectivity in the country if he won the presidency next year.
Domagoso, along with his running mate Dr Willie Ong and Aksyon Demokratiko’s senatorial list, held a meeting on Tuesday with about 300 young people and students at the Ynares auditorium in Binangonan, Rizal.
In his speech, Domagoso spoke of the need to improve Internet bandwidth in the country and his plan to build a national fiber backbone.
“’Yung (the) connectivity, we will invest more in our bandwidth to make it available to our students for future blended distance learning, which is face-to-face merong and meron pa din (there will always) online learning, ”said Domagoso.
While this is already being implemented in the city of Manila, Domagoso said it can also be done in other places where students receive mobile data allowances.
“Now can this thing be duplicated?” Yes he can. Can it be climbed? Yes, it can too. Because that’s the way to do it to help raise the quality of children’s education during the pandemic, ”added the mayor of Manila.
Strengthening the country’s digital infrastructure will be one of Domagoso’s priorities.
If he were to become president, Domagoso said he would continue to build and realize a national fiber optic backbone that would connect all schools, government offices, law enforcement and other agencies in need of connectivity.
“If the government allocates even 10 to 15% of the infrastructure funds of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DWPH), the amount, in partnership with the private sector, would be only 45 billion pesos” , stressed Domagoso.
“After all, the information highway itself is a very important part of infrastructure development where the Philippines lags behind many countries,” he said.
“We can achieve this in the first two years of a new administration, if our people decide on May 9 next year, ‘na iba naman, innovative naman’ ang leadership,” added Domagoso.
His proposal was repeatedly rejected due to the weak absorption capacity of the Department of Information and Communications Technology.
“Only truly proficient information and communications technology experts with practical experience will make our systems work to catch up with the modern world, just as we will reorient our education system towards science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses.” . Otherwise, mapag-iiwanan tayo ng panahon (we will be left behind) and our young people will not be able to get good paying jobs, ”he said.
Domagoso also pledged that he would support public education by providing students with tablets and free bandwidth, school supplies as well as COVID hygiene kits, while teachers will receive laptops and a free connection to the bandwidth.
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