By Aaron Recuenco
For senatorial candidate Mar Roxas, a fast internet connection is no longer a luxury in the Philippines but a basic necessity.
“There is a significant number of Filipinos today whose jobs are dependent on internet connectivity. In fact, there are nearly a million Filipinos working at their homes using internet,” said Roxas.
But Roxas said the current internet connection speed in the country seemed more of a problem than a relief, especially for those whose jobs are dependent on internet connections.
President Duterte, himself, has expressed disappointment over the slow internet connection in the country, prompting him to push for the entry of a third telecommunication company.
The Philippines was recently named as the world leader in social media usage based on the report by We Are Social, a United Kingdom-based consultancy despite its relatively slow internet connection.
But the current reality, according to Roxas, suggests that the internet does not only function mainly for social networking sites but for various jobs as well.
“Anong ginagawa nila? Nagtuturo ng English, nag-i-edit ng mga manuscript, nagsusulat ng mga research papers. The internet is not just leisure o pang kung anu-ano, pang-hanapbuhay ito,” said Roxas.
“Para sa akin, tututukan ko ito. Bilyun-bilyon ang kinikita nitong mga telcos na ito, bakit hindi natin sinisingil, ang mahal mahal naman ng serbisyo niyo, pabugsu-bugso, paputol-putol,” he added.
Roxas, however, stressed that whichever part of the country should have equal internet connection speed.
“Halimbawa ngayon we are live, nasa Cubao tayo, sa Quezon City. Paano kung nasa Samar tayo? Paano kung nasa Bicol? Ang Pilipinas hindi lang Metro Manila,” said Roxas.
“In fact, mas maraming Pilipino ang nakatira sa labas ng Metro Manila, pero madalas, yung mga batas, mga pananaw, mga opinion ay batay sa pananaw ng mga nasa Metro Manila,” he added.