The Commission on Audit (COA) grilled the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for purchasing 44 Samsung Galaxy S9 and S10 phones in 2018 and 2019 for P2.1 million.

COA’s report bared that only four units out of the 44 high-end mobile phones the NTC’s central and Metro Manila offices bought are being used for their intended purpose of monitoring the performance of telecommunications networks in terms of speed, reliability, and coverage.

“None of the central office personnel with issued mobile phones conducted validation and measurement of broadband speed as no mission orders were issued to them,” the report added.

Most of the phones were issued to directors and officers-in-charge within NTC who are not involved in broadband performance testing.

The COA also noted that only three out of 13 NTC engineers who are conducting performance tests in Metro Manila got a smartphone unit.

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