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NTC: A Reflection of What Good Governance Is!


Ronald Reagan once said, “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

People always have the reservations or have the wrong impressions about those who are  working in the government sector, but recently a certain Sam Florentino submitted a commendation for the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)’s efficient service as well as its head Gamaliel A. Cordoba. Eliseo Rio, Jr., the acting secretary of Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) shared on his facebook page the document from the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

Florentino took a Radio Operator Examination at NTC and underwent the internal processes of the aforementioned agency.

“I would like to commend this government agency for their efficient service which I have personally experienced.

“Parang nasanay na ako sa magulong sistema sa mga government office na napupuntahan ko. But this time, I told myself I need to commend these government people for a job well done. We all need such appreciation,” wrote Florentino.

The said commendation reflects what the Republic Act 11032, An Act promoting ease of doing business and efficient delivery of government services.

Florentino highlighted NTC’s seminar-orientation that was conducted two weeks prior his examination and mentioned that everything went smoothly and begun at 8:00 in the morning sharp. He added that even the guards made sure that the process was in order.

When he passed the examination the release of the results were even earlier than its original date and were given to the examinees on a ‘first- come, first-serve basis’. He also wrote that there were card numbers given in order to ensure a better transaction at the said government agency.

“I just sat there relaxed and waited for my number to be called. Very smooth transaction. Very orderly. Personnel were efficient and courteous.Sana lahat po ng government office ay ganito.

 

“For sure, there is leadership behind these and allow me to congratulate these government personnel for their hard work and dedication to bring service to us. Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat sa NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION.”

The said experience of Florentino with NTC is probably reflective of Thomas Jefferson’s thoughts, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”

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Does the Philippines still need Enrile in the Senate?


Juan Ponce Enrile may be the oldest there is politician alive in the country, but he has perhaps the longest qualifications a candidate for senatorship this May 11 elections.

But, what he did against the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) was probably the noblest because he is the only one who opposed in making this into law due to what he believed that the consumers must be protected from producers of electricity and not taken advantage on raising the cost of such need.

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Today, ‘Manong Johnny’ as most people knew him, he admits that the political landscape now as compared to before is not that different except for the expenses spent for election campaigns. According to him, back in 1971, it only took him to spend Php400,000 back then as opposed to election expenditures today that it could amount to 400M.

Among the candidates running for senators, he has not subscribed to surveys, but rather he banks on his achievement since World War II until 2013, when he stepped down as Senate President and was voted as minority leader and in 2016, he finished his fourth term as senator.

This May 11, he seeks to be re-elected as a Senator in order to provide reason for Filipino citizens to be happy in getting the basic needs right.

Is FICTAP the Answer to Speed up Internet Connection in the Philippines?


On Thursday, May 9 at Max’s Restaurant in Remedios Street, Manila, a selected new media representatives met with the first nominee of Federation of International Cable TV Associations of the Philippines (FICTAP) Party List, Estrellita ‘Neng’ Juliano-Tamano.

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Given the ranking of the country’s Internet connection, according to an article on CNNPhilippines.com, Based on the article written by Ver Marcelo, it said that the Philippines performed poorly on the speed and availability of long-term evolution (LTE) connection in the country, according to mobile network research firm OpenSignal.

The firm’s State of the LTE Report for November 2017 revealed the country ranked 74th out of 77 countries in terms of 4G speed.

Listening to Tamano of FICTAP, the only party list that pushes Internet, ICT VAS, Telecommunications, Cable, TV, Broadcast in Media–it has further opened my eyes how the article written by Marcelo was supported by her revelations.

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For businesses in the country, having a fast Internet connection means a lot. Please see the benefits of having such.

But, here are some key points that businesses can take advantage of having fast Internet connection. Lifting form an article on Philistar.com, titled The Benefits of High-Speed Internet Access, For SMBs, the Net is a great source for ideas, advice and even inspiration of what direction the business should go. Also, having hhgh-speed Internet means that e-mails can be sent and received at any time, from anywhere. If e-mail is not the desired platform for discussion, there is also the option of having an online, Web-based video conference. This way, one can meet with all involved members, even if they are located far from each other

What is even more interesting about FICTAP is that, it seeks to push for Cellphone Users Act, in order to benefit and protect cellular phone users from veiled Unlimited promos.

Come Monday. May 13, if you are the type who see the urgency of addressing the nagging concerns about the Internt connection in the country, then FICTAP is the party list that should be voted. Look for number 117 in the election ballots.

To know more about FICTAP, check out the party list’s facebook page.

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