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Sherwin Gatchalian

NTC slammed for failure to enforce SIM registration law against POGOs

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian has scored the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for its failure to implement provisions of the SIM registration law leading scammers involved in various Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) to perpetrate various fraud and scamming activities.

Raids on Tarlac-based POGO yield stash of SIM cards

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian has urged the NTC to rigorously enforce provisions of the SIM registration law following the retrieval of a substantial number of SIM cards during a series of search warrant implementations against a Tarlac-based Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO), now termed as Internet Gaming Licensee (IGL).

Penalties await banks that refuse to accept national ID: solon

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian made the call amid continuing complaints that some banks refuse to recognize the national ID as proof of identity because the card itself does not display the person's signature.

DICT asked to provide platform for poor LGUs to automate operations

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian made the call as the Senate Committee on Ways and Means is currently fine-tuning through a technical working group (TWG) the provisions of a proposed real property valuation reform measure, which he hopes would expedite the automation of LGUs across the country.

Tariff suspension on e-vehicles needed to develop industry, says senator

The tariff suspension, however, will not cover two-wheeled electric motorcycles in a bid to protect local manufacturers of tricycles.

Gatchalian says cybersecurity training should start in basic education

While the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is eyeing short-course training programs for cybersecurity experts and software engineers, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said developing talent for cybersecurity should start from basic education.

Gatchalian: Only less than 2% of public schools have free public Wi-Fi

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian urged the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to ensure that it would hit its target in rolling out Internet connection in public places, including educational institutions.

Senators seek creation of public school database, death verification system

Under the proposed Public School Database Act, the DepEd is mandated to create a database that contains learner information, while the bill proposing the establishment of the Philippine Death Check (PDC) Register aims to set up a centralized electronic database containing mortality data.

Senate review sought on laws on free public Wi-Fi, distance learning

Despite the approval of the Free Internet Access in Public Places Act, only 945 public basic education schools or about two percent of public schools nationwide have free public Wi-Fi as of January 29, 2022. Meanwhile, there are at least only 10 reputable higher education institutions offering distance education despite the passage of the Open Distance Learning Act.

Senate seeks probe on loan, sale of mobile wallet accounts

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said that online scammers usually use or buy SIM cards in the black market that are registered with e-wallets under people who sell or lend their identities.
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