The very first Philippine Telecoms Summit concluded the first of its two days, March 9, 2017 at the PICC Forum.

The whole day event was attended by top telecoms stakeholders, coming from the consumers’ side, the providers’, and the regulator’s. Headed by the Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Secretary Rodolfo A. Salalima, the panel was gathered to put into light issues that hinder the positive development in the country’s telecoms services in the aspects of cost, speed, and coverage, and to find solutions for each.

Seven days – that should be the number of days to process licenses and permits for putting up infostructure and infrastructure necessary for telecommunications. Two more days may be given for the local chief executive to decide whether to approve or deny a permit, but if after that, no decision has been made, the permit should be deemed approved. Secretary Salalima is confident that if this recommendation of his is followed, the Philippines will be looking at improvements on the telecoms services just after six months.

“Solutions with no deadlines are no solutions at all,” Salalima emphasized during his speech and reiterated the same over the discussions that followed. Thus, he set a deadline as mentioned.

The Summit was lined up with presentations from various key personalities and groups, and highlighted by two “Tapatan” sessions, the first of which focused on issues concerning the consumers, providers and the regulators, while the second delved into issues regarding infostructure and infrastructure.

The second day of the PH Telecoms Summit will feature talks on issues regarding competition, and a presentation of the summit’s outputs.

Follow the Summit as it happens via livestreaming and use #PHTelecomSummit to join the discussions.


Click the links below to download copies of the presentation from day 1.

Keynote Speech and “Why The National Broadband Plan (NBP) For Our Country” – by Secretary Rodolfo A. Salalima

Top Issues of PH Telecoms Consumers – by Mary Grace Mirandilla-Santos

The Philippine Telecoms Regulatory Environment – by Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba, NTC

Challenges of PH Telecoms – by Gil B. Genio, Globe

Challenges of PH Telecoms – Joachim Horn, PLDT

The National Broadband Plan & DICT Initiatives – by Undersecretary Denis F. Villorente, DICT

Rationalization of Permits &Convergence Programs between the Local Government Units and the Telecommunications Industry – by Assistant Secretary Ricojudge Echiverri, DILG

Effect of Telecommunications Infrastructure to Public Health and Safety – by Dr. Rodney J. Croft

Connectivity Competitiveness Index – by Co-Chairman Guillermo Luz, NCC