With the extension of the enhanced community quarantine in the Philippines until April 30, internet and other vital communication services have become one of the top priorities among Filipinos. Not only are they important when it comes to getting all relevant information during the pandemic, these also serve as a means to connect families, friends, and even those who are working remotely.
With that, the National Telecommunications Commission has ordered all Public Telecommunication Entities (PTE) and Internet Service Providers (ISP) to submit a business continuity plan that details measures on how they plan to provide uninterrupted service following the increased demand for information and communications technology (ICT) services.
“For the duration of the ECQ, telecommunications play a key role as many businesses shift from traditional operations to work-from-home arrangements for health and safety concerns,” the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said in a statement.
The department added that the measure also directs mobile network operators to ensure reliable services at this time.
The directive complements the Republic Act No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act,” which mandates all telcos to ensure continued operations as a critical service during the ECQ.