Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) undersecretary Ruth Castelo told a Senate hearing that the agency has no means to protect consumers from online sellers who cannot be located or do not provide any physical address.
Under Bayanihan 2, the P4 billion allocation aims to assist DepEd in putting up ICT and digital infrastructure, the implementation of digital education, and the use of alternative learning modalities, including the printing and delivery of self-learning modules.
Under Section 4 of Bayanihan 2, the use of the SEF will be allowed to support alternative learning modalities, digital education and infrastructure, the purchase of equipment, materials, and supplies, including the printing and delivery of self-learning modules.
Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said the problem of slow Internet in the country is a shared responsibility among telcos, local government units, and government agencies.
Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said that accelerating the provision of connectivity to all learners is a step to ensure equity in access to learning opportunities in the ‘new normal’.
Instead of slapping new taxes, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian also prodded the government to extend fresh capital and other financial assistance to budding online entrepreneurs.
A senator said public elementary schools provide viable spots for cell sites that would ensure nationwide Internet access.
Meralco initially waived the 47 peso-convenience fee during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) but the company recently announced that it will resume collecting the fee from consumers who wish to pay their bills online after Metro Manila and other cities started reopening payment and business centers.