As the Senate Committee on Public Services prepares to convene for a public hearing to tackle measures granting the application for franchises of several telecommunications companies in the country, Senator Grace Poe raised the need for initiatives to stem the “brain drain” that deprives the Filipinos quality and efficient telecommunications services.

Poe bared that the country is now having a technical workforce shortage as more local information technology (IT) experts have decided to go abroad to find a more stable job. As such, local telco service providers could not seem to provide a steady fix for the Internet and signal problems of their subscribers.

“Kulang yata sa magagaling na technical na tao kaso pabalik-balik din ang problema. ‘Yun din ang problema dito sa ating brain drain na tinatawag. Masaya tayo na ang ating mga OFWs ay kinikilala sa ibang bansa dahil sa kanilang kapabilidad at talent, pero nawawala rin ang magagaling dito sa atin,” said Poe.

Apart from placing mechanisms to encourage telcos to build the needed infrastructure, the government should also ensure that the daily operations are manned by competent and knowledgeable people to address the needs of the public for reliable, accessible, and affordable connection, the senator continued.

“Gusto natin magtagumpay ang kahit anong telco company na makapagbigay ng serbisyo kasi kung magtagumpay silang lahat tayo ay mabibiyayaan ng kaginhawaan sa ating trabaho at sa ating pag-aaral,” she added.

Pero pag hindi naman nila nagawa ‘yun, hindi rin naman natin ginagawa ang ating responsibilidad at tungkulin kung ibibigay natin ang prangkisa sa kanila,” Poe further stressed.

She said she would ask telcos during the hearing an update on their compliance with the government’s directive to accelerate the building of cell towers, especially in far-flung areas.

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