MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte has approved the national broadband program, a project that was canceled during the Arroyo administration following allegations of corruption.
The matter was discussed in yesterday’s Cabinet meeting at Malacañang, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said in an online post.
“President Duterte has approved the establishment of a national government portal and a national broadband plan during the 13th Cabinet meeting. After a presentation made by Department of Information and Communications Technology Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, President Duterte emphasized the need for faster communications in the country,” the post read.
Piñol said Duterte had wanted “to develop a national broadband plan to accelerate the deployment of fiber optic cables and wireless technologies to improve internet speed.”
An executive order is needed to implement the national government portal.
The government under then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo intended to establish a similar network that would link all government agencies via the internet.
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