US gives P23.8 million to PH for national broadband project

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The US Embassy in the Philippines has awarded a P23.8 million grant to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to support the implementation of the National Broadband Project.

DICT acting secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. (left) confers with US ambassador Sung Kim

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and DICT acting secretary Eliseo M. Rio, Jr. signed the grant during a ceremony at the DICT main office in Quezon City on Thursday, February 7.

The grant, issued through the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), will fund technical assistance to help the DICT advance its plans to provide broadband access to underserved markets throughout the Philippines.

The advisors, who will be selected by DICT from qualified US firms, will assist DICT in refining technical and operational designs, assessing future market demand, and preparing documentation required for the financing and implementation of the network.

?The US is a strong friend, partner, and ally of the Philippines, and I am proud to expand our partnership in technology and communications,? said Kim. ?This grant supports the Philippine government?s goal of improving connectivity across the country and transitioning towards a digital economy.?

USTDA links US businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

?This grant demonstrates USTDA?s commitment to supporting the development of quality information and communications infrastructure and broadband capabilities in the Philippines,? said Thomas R. Hardy, USTDA acting director. ?At the same time, this project will expand opportunities for US companies to deliver innovative technologies and solutions in the Philippines market.?

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