‘Paspas’ permit to hasten availability of improved internet service in PH

CALOOCAN CITY, Dec. 11 -- Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) Director General Jeremiah Belgica on Thursday said the government is implementing a Paspas (Fast) Permit System to expedite the building of telecommunication towers.

Belgica said the Paspas Permit System, which is composed of automatic approval for applications with complete requirements and streamlining, is one guarantee the government is improving measures to solve the long-standing internet problem of the country.

For his part, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will continue to address widespread internet connectivity problems to avoid being left behind by other Asian nations.

Citing Speedtest Global Index rankings for mobile broadband internet speed, Roque disclosed that the Philippines ranked thirty-third or improved from 7.44 Mbps in July 2016 to 14.46 Mbps in February 2019.

“Noong nagalit ang presidente, ayon sa Speedtest Global Index October 2020 pagdating sa mobile broadband speed, pang-34 ang Pilipinas… Halos walang ipinagbago,” he pointed out.

“Nauna lang tayo sa Indonesia at Timor-Leste. That’s not something that we should be proud of,” he added.

Through the initiative of President Duterte and the public, Belgica said “we are seeing” the speedy issuance of permits. “And by next year, we hope na mas marami pong mga towers pa ang maitatayo.” (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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