The National Privacy Commission (NPC) said it has adopted videoconferencing to reduce the risks of coronavirus infections posed by face-to-face hearings.
The millions of employees working and networking from home during the Covid-19 pandemic has proven that video is a powerful and successful tool for marketing, collaboration, training, and many other use cases for businesses across multiple industries.
The Covid-19 pandemic has shifted the tradition-bound Philippine judiciary into a new direction, bringing an unprecedented change by pushing the Supreme Court (SC) to introduce hearings through videoconferencing.
Gartner predicts that by 2024, in-person meetings will account for just 25% of enterprise meetings, a drop from 60% prior to the pandemic, driven by remote work and changing workforce demographics.
Saying that hearings through videoconferencing will continue despite the lifting of the lockdown, the Supreme Court has authorized more courts nationwide to conduct the pilot-testing of its videoconferencing initiative.
The Office of the Court Administrator noted the initial success of videoconferencing hearings in authorized courts nationwide where more than 7,000 videoconferencing hearings were done in a month and more than 22,000 PDLs were released during the lockdown.
Aside from providing tablets, Smart LTE Pocket WiFis, SIMs and load, Smart also boosted its LTE network in the area to enable the BJMP and the Quezon City courts to conduct more hearings in order to cater to the needs of persons deprived of liberty (PDLs).
The Supreme Court (SC) issued on Monday, May 18, a circular authorizing more courts across the country to conduct hearings through videoconferencing to address pending cases which have accumulated due to the Covid-19 lockdown.