Pagpapatupad ng refund sa umano’y sobrang singil sa text, muling hiniling sa NTC

admin   •   June 4, 2014   •   2846

FILE PHOTO: Texting or sending SMS (UNTV News)

FILE PHOTO: Texting or sending SMS (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Muling iginiit ng grupong Bayan Muna sa National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) na ipatupad na ang refund sa umano’y sobrang singil sa text ng ilang telecom company.

Ito ay sa kabila ng pag-apela ng Smart at Digitel sa Court of Appeals (CA) na maglabas ng temporary restraining order (TRO) laban dito.

Ayon kina Bayan Muna Representatives Neri Colmenares at Carlos Zarate, marapat lamang na ipatupad ang refund order dahil noon pang Nobyembre 2012 ito inilabas.

Batay sa desisyon ng NTC, dapat isauli ng telcos ang 20-sentimos na sobrang nasingil sa mga subscriber mula noong Disyembre 2011. (UNTV News)

ECQ extension further cripples livelihoods; gov’t P1,000 cash aid not enough—Bayan Muna

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 6, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — Rommel Lambino, a taxi driver, queued at one of the taxi bays in Quezon City before sunrise despite facing another day of possibly having only a handful of passengers due to the extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

The coronavirus  pandemic has taken a toll on his family and income. Before the outbreak, he used to earn P1,000 a day, but due to the quarantine restrictions, his daily income nowadays is not even enough to pay for gas.

Rommel said he only had four passengers, after operating from 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“Laki po ng epekto sa amin ng ECQ, unang una po sa curfew. Pagdating po ng alas-singko sarado na po ang mga mall, wala na po kaming makuhang pasahero (ECQ has affected us greatly.  Firstly, the curfew.  Malls are already closed at 5:00 p.m. — we no longer have passengers),” he said.

Jeepney drivers are also facing the same challenges. Rey Escanilla, one of the jeepney drivers plying the Tandang Sora-Quezon City Hall route, said they are only operating three trips a day from the previous five trips. Due to this, he only takes home P100 to his family per day.

“Nung bago ipatupad ang ECQ, nakaka-apat hanggang limang byahe pa kami, so medyo sapat pa iyon panggastos namin. Kumikita kami ng P300 to P500. Ngayon nung nag-ECQ, isa hanggang dalawang byahe nalang ang nagagawa namin. Minsan nga nagagamit ko pa ang boundary ng operator ko, mabait naman, pinapautang naman sakin (Before ECQ, we had four to five trips and it was enough for my family. I used to earn P300 to P500. Now, due to the ECQ, we can only make one or two trips. Sometimes, I use the boundary money for my operator. He is kind enough to let us take a loan),” he said.

Along Mindanao Avenue, a man wears a sign around his neck asking for alms from motorists under the scorching sun. Reynaldo Villamor worked in town fairs, but due to the quarantine restrictions, he lost his job. He is from Caloocan but opted to go to Quezon City to ask for money.

“Syempre kapag doon ka namalimos nakakahiya marami makakakilala sayo roon kaya dumadayo nalang ako. Nahihiya doon sa amin sa Caloocan marami kakilala. Kung dito sa malayo hindi naman nakakahiya kasi para makaraos para makabayad sa mga bayarin (Of course it’s embarrassing to beg for alms in Caloocan where I’m from because people I know might see me. If it’s far enough, it’s less embarrassing and I could earn a little to tide us over and pay the bills),” he said.   

The national government has prepared cash aid for those heavily affected by the pandemic and ECQ.  However, Bayan Muna Partylist said it will not be enough.

“The government’s P1,000 cash aid is not enough to buy food and other essential items during the two-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ),” the group said in a statement. AAC (with reports from JP Nuñez)




Bayan Muna lawmaker condemns ‘desecration’ of daughter’s remains

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Eufemia Campos Cullamat condemned what she called a “desecration” of her daughter’s remains by the military.

Cullamat’s 20-year-old daughter, Jevilyn Cullamat was killed in an encounter between the military and the New People’s Army (NPA) in Surigao del Sur.

The lawmaker reiterated that she respects her daughter’s decision to join the NPA but slammed the military for taking a photo of Jevilyn’s remains along with other paraphernalia recovered by soldiers.

“Mariin kong kinokondena ang ginawang pambabastos at pambababoy sa labi ng aking anak. Hindi siya bagay, hindi siya isang tropeo na ipaparada para lamang sa propaganda ng militar (I strongly condemn the desecration and disrespect toward my daughter’s remains. She is not an object or a trophy that will be paraded for military propaganda),” she said in a statement.

Kilusang Mayo Uno also condemned the “desecration of the dead” and has appealed to the media to stop posting the images.

“We appeal to the media to refrain from posting pictures of what is clearly the military’s desecration of the dead,” their statement reads.

Meanwhile, the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NPA-ELCAC) has sent its condolences to Cullamat’s family.

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana also called on the other members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and NPA to surrender to the government.

“The death of 22 year-old armed rebel Jevilyn Cullamat during an encounter between the New People’s Army (NPA) and government forces is a grim reminder of the effects of the fruitless armed coflict perpetrated by these communist terrorist groups,” he said.

“We call on our representatives in the Makabayan Bloc and all those who condone the atrocities committed by the NPA to denounce the divisive ideology that destroys lives and property,” he added. AAC

DICT backs NTC’s streamlining of permit process for fiber optic cable deployment

Robie de Guzman   •   November 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Thursday expressed support for the initiative of its attached agency, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), to streamline the permitting process for the installation of fiber optic cables.

The DICT said the NTC is requesting concerned government agencies to streamline the permitting processes for fiber optic cables similar to Joint Memorandum Circular No.1 s. 2020, which streamlines the issuance of permits, licenses, and certificates for the construction of shared passive telecommunications tower infrastructure.

These concerned agencies were the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) and the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA).

The move seeks to facilitate seamless integration of fiber optic cable and wireless technologies that are both critical components of the country’s broadband network, it added.

“The DICT is currently fast-tracking the implementation of the National Broadband Program – our Department’s initiative in building a government-owned broadband network for better, more affordable and more extensive Internet connectivity in the country,” DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II said in a statement.

“We welcome all initiatives that will complement the NBP, including efforts to improve ICT infrastructures in the private sector side,” he added.

The NTC said in its letter to the DICT and the said concerned agencies that the joint memorandum circular signed in July this year has proven to be effective in facilitating the addition of required base towers in the Philippines leading to improvements in wireless coverage and technologies.

The DICT said the NTC also aims to fast-track the deployment of fiber optic networks, the fundamental telecommunication infostructure needed to address the country’s ICT needs along with addressing the wireless component of telecommunications.

NTC said it is presently coordinating with the DPWH for possible amendments in Department Order No. 73 s. 2014 which provides for guidelines for right-of-way concerns in the deployment of fiber optic networks along national roads and bridges.


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