Editorial | No false hopes, please

Last weekend, a story came out stating that the National Transmission Corp., the agency tasked to supervise electricity transmission in the country, as saying that the country will soon have a fast and free Internet.

It added that it signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Information and Communications Technology and the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) on the implementation of the national broadband project.

The president of the government agency, lawyer Melvin Matibag, said the project will eventually fulfill the promise of President Rodrigo Duterte that the country will have a fast Internet in public places, including government offices.

“This is major milestone. We are very happy that this MOA was finally signed. This will also help hasten the processing of licenses, permits, clearances and other government issuances nationwide,” Matibag was quoted as saying.

Aside from expressing gratitude to top government officials, Matibag also went on to thank the NGCP, the operator of its transmission system, for allowing the government to freely use of the dark fiber in the transmission lines.

The story, however, failed to mention when the realization of the project will be as well as how it will be sustained.

One must remember that a similar project during the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo failed to take off as people in charge of its implementation became involved in several issues of corruption.

Matibag and the other government officials involved in the implementation of the project must always remember that similar project in the past; as well as come up with necessary measures that will not only sustain it but ensure that it will not drain government coffers.

Otherwise, this will just become another lip service and will only make people continue to dream not only of a better connectivity, but of a better government.

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