PAMPANGA

Pangan: A noble conciliatory move

At Close Range

DEPARTMENT of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) head Eliseo Rio, Jr., proposes that the provisional Telco winner Mislatel Consortium work with existing broadband operators and non-winners who staged a legal battle due to the selection process of the third telco player in the country.

In a statement in his Facebook page, Rio suggested a "win-win" solution between provisional winner Mislatel Consortium and disqualified bidders who have filed or are set to file lawsuits.

He, therefore, urged Mislatel, a venture between Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy's Udenna Corp. and China Telecom to "use all existing facilities of other players like Converge ICT Solutions of Dennis Uy of Balibago, Angeles City and Philippine Telegraph and Telephone (PT & T) and Sear Consortium of Luis "Chavit" Singson.

This is hoping against hope that all the operators could work out a "mutually-beneficial business arrangement", a noble conciliatory move indeed.

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What would the public expect from Mislatel, the provisional third telco player? It offered to spend P258 billion to build a telco network, cover 84% of the country's population and bring up the minimum average internet speed to 27 megabits per second on its first year, going up to 55 mbps in the succeeding years. Let's just see if Mislatel will be true to its word.

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The City Planning and Development Council (CPDC) headed by Rosan S. Paquia had a 2-day training at Midori Hotel, Clark Freeport on November 15 to 16 2018 with monitoring by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB)- Northern Tagalog Region.

The staff of CPDC led by Francis Foronda attended the seminar.

The topics discussed were: overview of BALAI project, devolved functions per EO 71 & EO 72; IRR of Section 18 of RA 7279, as amended by RA 10884 and latest HLURB issuances, comprehensive land use plan/zoning ordinance implementation, monitoring and evaluation, processing of locational clearances, zoning certifications, certificate of non-conformance, variances & exemptions general procedures on processing of subdivision plans and complex subdivisions. These were for Day One of the seminar.

For Day Two, discussed were: PD 957 & BP 220: minimum design standards and schedule of fees, building permit, alteration, approval stamps and REM flow, overview of LUZIs project, locational clearance & development permit monitoring. Discussants were lawyer Robert Mauro Miguel Palma Gil, Donna Sitchon who was also the facilitator, Engr. Perlito Abello, Corazon Labay, Engineer Eleador Balgos, Christine Joy Timoteo and Dennis Puzon.


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