The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) maintains its commitment to facilitate an objective, transparent, and legal process of entry of a new major player (NMP) in the Philippine’s public telecommunications market.
With this, the DICT is trusting the wisdom of the Congress to decide on the validity of Mislatel’s franchise, which was at the center of the Senate Committee on Public Services’ questioning last 24 January 2019.
We are confident that our representatives from both Houses would keep the public interest in mind in resolving the matter.
Nevertheless, the Department is ready to accept the decision of the Congress on the issue of the NMP and act accordingly to make sure that the Filipinos gets a third player that it deserve, may it be Mislatel or another.
In the meantime, the Mislatel consortium will continue completing its post-qualification requirements to obtain its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN). Based on the report of NTC during the same Senate hearing, the consortium already secured the (1) PCC approval of Bidding Agreement Implementation and the (2) SEC clearance finding terms of Bidding Agreement compliant with foreign equity ownership. They have until 17 February 2019 to furnish the NTC a copy of their Business Plan, Authentication/Consularization of Foreign Documents, and Roll Out Plan.
Despite legal and technical hurdles, the DICT remains optimistic that it will soon deliver its promise of a competitive telecommunications industry to the public.