Beng moves to address connectivity problems PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:43

by Sheila Covarrubias

Mayor Beng Climaco Tuesday afternoon convened a meeting of telecommunication companies to help address frequent connectivity disruptions that have been affecting residents who rely on telecommunication services for daily transactions.

Mayor Climaco asked telecommunication companies to explain the frequent disruptions experienced in the city the past days and to present short term and long term solutions to the problem.

She cited the importance of uninterrupted voice and data services to the city’s economy and security stressing that connectivity has become one of the most important commodities in view of modern technology.

As an immediate act, Mayor Climaco created a task group composed of representatives from the local government unit, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, Smart, Globe, Department of Public Works and Highways, Police and military and Joint Task Group Zamboanga and other agencies to coordinate and collaborate efforts to prevent future connectivity breaks and eventually ensure an uninterrupted voice and data services in the city.

The mayor likewise urged the telecommunication companies to closely coordinate with local government units in the neighbouring provinces particularly Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur where most of the glitches occur.

Last month, PLDT reasoned out fiber break caused by excavations by contractors working on a DPWH  road improvement project as the cause of the series of telecommunication service interruption.

The fiber break that happened in the Ipil relay towards Zamboanga City last month interrupted PLDT’s voice and data services in Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga City. Another interruption also affected Zamboanga City last month from another fiber cut between Ipil and Pagadian.

Present during the meeting in City Hall Tuesday afternoon were Councilor VP Elago, PLDT officials led by the Head Asset Protection, ICT Office OIC Director Maria Teresa Camba, Zamboanga ICT Secretary Louell Saavedra and representatives from Smart Telecommunications, City Investment and Promotions Officer Apple Go and personnel from the City Computer Services Division. — Sheila Covarrubias