The Executive Director of Bacolod City Investment Board George Zulueta said telecommunication companies have yet to assure the public for a hundred percent connectivity on their networks weeks after Typhoon Odette has damaged their cables.
The local government of Bacolod met last 31 December 2021 with telco representatives.
Globe Telecom has already restored 70 percent of their internet service while PLDT and Smart according to Zulueta reported 99% connectivity.
However the remaining one percent is in the Bata area because of unrestored power lines.
Telcos fast-tracking restoration of damaged infra; Smart reports 99% connectivity
Executives of Globe Telecom and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company today said they have restored 70 percent of their internet service and assured Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia that the services will be fully operational again in at least a month’s time.
Smart Communications, on the other hand, disclosed that it is faced with connectivity issues nationwide because of an international cable fault in Singapore and Hong Kong and the damaged submarine cables in the Visayas triggered by super Typhoon Odette but luckily for Bacolod, its system was hardly affected and is currently up by 99 percent despite the city then placed under Signal No. 3 at the height of the storm,
Smart’s remaining 1 percent problem is in the Bata area because power has not yet been restored in the area, Yvette Paderna, the company’s Negros-Panay Operations area head said.
Globe, a subsidiary of the Ayala Group, is the service provider of Capitol Central.
Zulueta also said that they will closely coordinate with the mall management to figure out its needs for the city’s Electronic Business One-Stop Shop or the E-BOSS program as this also serves as host of the city’s Business Permits and Licensing Office and all units involved in the annual renewal of business licenses and permits.
Zulueta added that connectivity is key in the issuance of permits and licenses as it shortens the process if all requirements are met by applicants themselves.
Permits and licenses are immediately released right there and then if internet connection works efficiently, Zulueta said.