Duterte Admin Seeks Japanese Aid for the Feasibility Study of the National Broadband System


The Duterte administration is now seeking Japanese aid for the feasibility study of the government's planned national broadband system which will point the next steps to implement the priority project o the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).


Pres. Rody Duterte already approved the establishment of the national broadband system on March 6 and gave the tasks to the DICT on the decision and details of implementation of the said project which the previous administrations failed to accomplish.

DICT Undersecretary Monchito B. Ibrahim told reporters on the sidelines of the upcoming CommunicAsia2017 that "We will be starting on the feasibility study to be able to assess our direction and specify the details of the plan like which areas should we start with, which government assets to utilize, we're getting funding for that ... it will be a bilateral arrangement," Ibrahim stated.

The DICT also confirmed that definitely it will not be China who will be helping the Philippines but it's Japan. The arrangement between the Philippines and Japan to implement the national broadband system under Pres. Duterte include technical support.


The national broadband project is considered as one of DICT's priorities under the Duterte administration, it follows the controversial $329.5-million national broadband network deal with China's state-owned ZTE Corp., which was abandoned in 2007 due to corruption controversies which involves overpricing and anomaly in the procurement process.

According to the DICT the agency is looking to finish the feasibility study on the national broadband project by end of this year. The agency is now in talks with the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) on the possibility to utilize its "more than 5,000 kilometers" of fiber optic cables running from north to south which wold fast-track the project to have the system up and running in a year's time.

Aside from the NGCP lines being targeted to be used for the national broadband system, the DICT were also looking at other grids not under the NGCP like the MRT, LRT Lines, among others which are already there and can be tap by the government.

Pres. Duterte earlier said that the national broadband project, which the government will shoulder, is pegged at anywhere between "P77 billion to P200 billion" depending on the final details of the national broadband network.

Source: BusinessWorld

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