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National Broadband Program OK’d By Duterte

The long-awaited National Broadband Program has officially been approved by President Rodrigo Duterte. The long-overdue program that aims to deliver fast, affordable internet throughout the country has been OK’d by the president earlier today after it was presented by Dept. of Information and Communications Technology Secretary Rodolfo Salalima.

The news was broken by Emmanuel “Manny” Fantin Piñol, Secretary of the Philippine Department of Agriculture in a Facebook post.

In his post, Piñol said that President Duterte emphasized the need for faster communications in the country.

Efforts in establishing National Broadband in the Philippines has so far been unsuccessful, as the supposed deal between the Philippine National Broadband Network and Chinese conglomerate ZTE was hounded by controversy back in 2007, which was cancelled in the same year.

No details on the plan has been offered by the Dept. of Information and Communications Technology.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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