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A new landmark is set to rise in Mactan Newtown, right across the historic Lapu-Lapu Shrine.


Plaza Magellan, a three level lifestyle mall is a project of real estate developer Megaworld as anchor development of its multi-billion township in the island.

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It will have an iconic entrance plaza facing the famous Lapu Lapu Shrine, the site where the historic Battle of Mactan between Lapu Lapu and Ferdinand Magellan happened on April 27, 1521.

The plaza’s main feature will be a life-sized Spanish Galleon Victoria, a replica of the first vessel that circumnavigated the globe used by Magellan and his men, and the Spanish Steps which will lead visitors to the mall’s main entrance.


Plaza Magellan will also feature a museum which will be dedicated to the life and expeditions of Magellan.

The mall’s design will be inspired by the hilltop towns of Portugal and Spain, both homelands of Ferdinand Magellan.
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Location: Mactan, Cebu City
GFA: 88,318 square meters
Completion date: TBA



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This is another step for us to get a new source for the country's demand on energy.

The government is set to conduct a study to determine and develop the national position for a nuclear power program in the country, including the possible use of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).

In Executive Order No. 116, President Duterte formed an inter-agency committee to evaluate and assess the need of viability of introducing nuclear power in the country's power generation mix.
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The Nuclear Energy Program Inter-Agency Committee, to be chaired by the Department of Energy, must take into consideration the economic, security, and environmental implications, as well as engagement of the public and the relevant stakeholders, according to the President.

Duterte issued the directive through EO No. 117 that he signed on July 24 but was only made public on Thursday.


Under this EO, all liabilities for real property tax (RPT), including any special levies accruing to the Special Education Fund, for calendar year (CY) 2019, on property, machinery and equipment actually and directly used by IPPs for the production of electricity under a Build-Operate-Transfer scheme and similar, whether denominated Power Purchase Agreements, Energy Conversion Agreements or other contractual agreements, with GOCCs, assessed by local government units (LGUs) and other entities authorized to impose real property tax for all years up to CY 2019, are reduced to an amount equivalent to the tax due if computed based on an assessment level of 15 percent of the fair market value of the property, machinery, and equipment depreciated at the rate of two percent per annum, and less any amount already paid by IPPs.
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Did You know that the Philippines is the Only Country in Southeast Asia and one of the 30 countries in the world having a Nuclear Power Plant?

Singapore Planned to build a Nuclear Power Plant but got scrapped due to political, Technical and other Problems.

Austria and the Philippines are the 2 countries never started to use its first nuclear plants that were completely built.

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PH gov't to study viability of nuclear energy

President Rodrigo Duterte places Cebu City, keeps NCR under GCQ.

The president has downgraded the quarantine classification in Cebu City to a less restrictive general community quarantine (GCQ) from a more stringent modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

In a taped public address aired on state-run PTV-4 on Friday morning, Duterte also announced his decision to retain the GCQ status in Metro Manila, the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak, due to the unabated spike in infections in the metropolis.
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As of June 30, Metro Manila has recorded 48,389 Covid-19 cases, with 34,489 recoveries and 1,013 deaths, according to the Department of Health’s Covid-19 tracker.

Duterte’s latest decision came despite MalacaƱang’s repeated warnings that Metro Manila could be once again placed under MECQ, which is second to the most stringent community quarantine if the situation worsens.

The provinces of Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, as well as the cities of Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, and Zamboanga, will also be under GCQ beginning August 1, he said.

Duterte said the rest of the country would be placed under modified GCQ until August 15.

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Roque said “strict” localized lockdowns would be implemented in villages in Metro Manila and Calabarzon that have “80 percent” of Covid-19 cases.

He said there would also be stringent enforcement of minimum health standards, such as strict social distancing, washing of hands, and use of face masks, and massive targeted testing, intensified tracing, quarantine of close contacts, and isolation of confirmed cases would likewise be pursued.
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Roque also said government hospitals in Metro Manila and Calabarzon are directed to increase their Covid-19 hospital beds to up to 30 percent to 50 percent.

ALSO READ: Roque: face shields in public places is encouraged

Via PNA

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Pasig River Ferry Service is announced to be back on August 3, 2020.

The partial resumption of the operations of the Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS) will start on Monday, with passengers getting free rides.

“We are pleased to announce that everything is set for the partial resumption of the PRFS but only half of its capacity, inclusive of ferry boat crew. Also, we will continue to provide free rides for the ferry passengers,” Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim said in a news release issued on Friday.

Ferry stations that will initially operate on Monday are those in Pinagbuhatan, San Joaquin, Guadalupe, Valenzuela, Lawton, and Escolta.
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The service will operate Mondays to Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. but at half of the capacity, based on IATF guidelines.

The ferry boat trip routes are from Pinagbuhatan to Guadalupe, Guadalupe to Escolta and vice versa, and Guadalupe to San Joaquin and vice versa.

“We look forward to serving our passengers, compliant with the physical distancing policy and other health protocols to ensure their safety,” Lim said.

In preparation for the resumption of PRFS operations, all ferry stations and ferry boats, including docking and maintenance facilities, have undergone mandatory disinfection.


Floor markings, stickers, and posters were placed at the ferry station to guide the passengers in observing physical distancing.

Moreover, according to Frisco San Juan Jr., MMDA deputy chairman and ferry service head, the PRFS committee has set standard operating procedures to further guide the passengers.
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These include the “no mask, no entry” policy; physical distancing shall be observed at all times; passengers who have colds, cough, or body temperature higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius would not be allowed to enter the PRFS premises; and only persons aged 21 years to 59 years would be allowed to board ferry boats.

Upon entering the ferry station, passengers will be required to undergo a temperature check, fill up the manifest form, and accomplish the commuter information sheet should contact tracing be deemed necessary.

"We will strictly implement these precautionary measures to ensure the safety of passengers. Personnel of PRFS can deny entry at the ferry station if a passenger refuse(s) to undergo those procedures," San Juan said.

The PRFS serves as an alternative mode of transportation for residents of Metro Manila.

Its operations were suspended on March 17, following the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine over the entire Luzon amid the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

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Missing watching movies in cinema?

No problem! You can now watch movies in the "new normal" cinemas!


SM City Pampanga's Drive-in Cinema opens starting July 31 at the mall's Amphitheater.

People can enjoy watching most anticipated horror movie from South Korea, Train 2 Busan: Peninsula (starting July 31, 5:30 p.m.), Sea Monsters (July 31, 8:20 p.m.), and My Spy on August 1 (5:30 p.m.).

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Entry to the SM Cinema Drive-in will start at 4:30 p.m. There will be two movie screenings per day. The first screening will start at 5:30 p.m. and the second screening will be at 8:20 p.m.
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All tickets must be purchased online in advance. Each ticket costs P400 per person, which includes a Snack Time bundle of bottled water, regular-sized popcorn, and beef franks.

Food concessions will be available on-site. A separate menu will be provided upon entering the SM Cinema Drive-in. For additional orders, simply raise your flags and a server will approach your vehicle to take your orders.

For the best movie-viewing experience, two persons are allowed per vehicle with a maximum of four persons. To optimize the viewing experience for all the guests, each vehicle will be assigned their parking spots upon arrival depending on the size of their cars. Traffic marshals will assist guests and direct them to their designated spot.


Once parked, guests will be instructed to turn on their car's FM radio to a specific frequency to broadcast the sound straight into their vehicles. Guests are also welcome to bring their own radio and other devices with FM capabilities.

The venue can accommodate between 80 and 90 vehicles per screening, and individuals aged between 21 and 59 will be admitted in accordance with IATF Guidelines and Safety Protocols.
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On Thursday, SM City Pampanga hosted a preview screening at the Drive-in Cinema with Vin Diesel's movie "Bloodshot" on July 30.

Guests and drive-in cinema staff followed standard safety protocols including wearing of face masks and safe distancing during the preview screening.

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Residents in Makati can now avail of free flu and pneumonia vaccines from the local government, Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay announced Thursday.

In a Facebook statement, Binay said the local government will conduct large-scale flu and pneumonia vaccination drive for the residents in Makati.

“We want to give our Makatizens added protection against the coronavirus. Giving everyone flu and pneumonia vaccines, especially the most vulnerable sectors, will improve their resistance to SARS-CoV-2 -- the cause of Covid-19 infection,” she said.

Binay urged the residents to sign up online to avail of the free vaccines.

"The registration process is more efficient for Makati healthcare workers and can keep person-to-person contact at a minimum," she said.
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Makati residents can avail of the free vaccination using their Yellow Card or Blu Card by accessing the #ProudMakatizen website via proudmakatizen.com and selecting the button “Vaccination Registration” to complete the registration process.

Residents will be requested to enter their Yellow Card ID or Blu Card ID number for verification.

Once the registration is verified, registrants will receive a message confirming the schedule of their vaccination.

Those with Yellow Card may also register their dependents for the vaccination program, Binay said.

“We are implementing new strategies to ensure the unhampered delivery of healthcare services to over 500,000 Makatizens. This is part of our drive to innovate and set new benchmarks for the new normal,” Binay said.

She urged residents to avail of the free vaccination program from the local government.


"Protect your family. Get flu and pneumonia shots for free! Yellow and Blue card Makatizen holders can avail of our city's free immunization program," she said.

Binay said the local government will immunize residents with trivalent flu shots covering three strains of influenza which include influenza A or H1N1, influenza A or H3N2, and influenza B.
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The residents will also receive free vitamins apart from vaccination, she added.

The Makati government earlier immunized some 5,130 Makati healthcare workers and other front-liners.

Meanwhile, Binay said the local government has been testing probable and suspected individuals as part of the city's preventive measures to halt the local transmission of the disease.

Binay reminded anew residents to stay safe against the risks of the Covid-19 infection.

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Philippines logs 3,954 new COVID-19 cases, 38k recoveries today!


There are now 89,374 Filipinos infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after the Department of Health (DOH) reported a record-high 3,954 new cases on Thursday, 1,320 of which were “fresh” or newly validated and 2,634 were reported late.

This marks the first time that new cases breached the 3,000 mark and the 16th day in a row during which more than 1,300 new cases were announced.
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The DOH also reported a staggering 38,075 new recoveries, bringing the total to 65,064, while the death toll climbed to 1,983 after 23 more patients succumbed to the respiratory illness.

The department attributed the record-high new cases and recoveries to “enhanced data reconciliation efforts with local governments.”

“Early this month, the DOH created the COVID-19 Surveillance and Quick Action Unit which focuses on data collection, validation, and reconciliation of information available at the local and national level,” it said in a statement.


“These massive data reconciliation efforts have resulted in faster and more accurate tagging of health statuses, particularly on deaths and recoveries. Data on recovery reconciliations will be reported every 15 days,” it added.
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The DOH explained that the data reconciliation efforts led to the identification of over 3,000 new recoveries between July 12 and 14, while the “mass recovery adjustment” on July 15 re-tagged all mild and asymptomatic cases as recovered.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire earlier said repeat tests would no longer be required for a COVID-19 patient to be tagged as a recovery.

“Current recovery policies now show that at the 10th day of illness, the risk of transmitting the virus to other people is significantly reduced,” the DOH said.

The number of active cases undergoing treatment or quarantine also dropped to 22,327, 88% of which are mild, 9.6% are asymptomatic, 1.4% are severe and 1% are in severe condition.

The department also removed 66 duplicate cases from the total tally of infections.

The government’s inter-agency COVID-19 task force is set to recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte another extension of the general community quarantine over Metro Manila.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque earlier said “things will not be the same” after the chief executive announces changes to the country’s coronavirus response later on Thursday.

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The toll company never stops on proving better services.

In line with the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) intensified campaign on cashless transactions for motorists using the expressways, NLEX Corporation is working with Easytrip Services Corporation in improving its electronic toll collection system, particularly its radio frequency identification or RFID technology. This is to encourage contactless payments and ensure physical distancing at the NLEX-SCTEX amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The move will also help DOTr’s drive for toll collection interoperability. “We are grateful to our private partners who have always demonstrated their unparalleled support in this project. We need their assistance to fast-track the needed measures in order to fully implement toll interoperability. Hindi ‘ho namin ito kakayanin mag-isa. Tulung-tulong ‘ho tayo muli at dahil sa kinakaharap nating krisis, kailangan natin bilisan,” DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said in a statement.

 Among the enhancements being initiated by NLEX include the realignment and relocation of RFID antennas/sensors for better read range. Dubbed as the ‘advanced reading’ project, this covers a total of 100 lanes from Balintawak to Tarlac/Tipo, 72 of which are for the exclusive use of motorists with RFID stickers, while the 28 others function as mixed lanes which accept both cash and electronic payments. The said improvements will also increase the number of exclusive RFID lanes from 15 in February to 72 by July 2020.
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The tollway company is likewise replacing the lane status indicators for greater visibility especially for those driving at night. Recently, NLEX improved the automatic entry matching feature in its toll collection system to reduce the processing of entry lane data from four hours to almost real-time.

It also finished the upgrade of RFID web servers to accommodate the increasing RFID transactions and the modification of toll fare indicators in payment lanes to enable the display of updated balance for Easytrip prepaid accounts.

“We recognize the significant role of digital technology in enhancing customer experience and preventing the spread of COVID-19. Aside from promoting safety, the improvements in RFID would translate to faster and more convenient electronic transactions in our expressway network,” said NLEX Corporation President and General Manager J. Luigi L. Bautista.


Meanwhile, as part of their efforts to adapt to the new normal, NLEX and Easytrip Corp. have offered more ways to make it convenient for motorists to avail the RFID.

These involve the opening of RFID lane installation and reloading sites in Balintawak, Bocaue, Mindanao, Karuhatan, and Angeles toll plazas; and reopening the installation and reloading sites at rest and refuel stations such as NLEX Drive and Dine, Petron Marilao, Petron Bocaue and Shell Burol. These are open from Monday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The RFID stickers will be free of charge but an initial minimum load of ₱500 for Class 1 and ₱1,000 for Class 2 and 3 vehicles must be paid.
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Recently, Easytrip introduced the Stick-It-Yourself RFID, where Class 1 motorists can order it online and have it delivered at the comfort of their homes. The Stick-It-Yourself RFID kit comes with positioning guide, user guide, and card for reloading. It is also available in select NLEX-SCTEX toll booths in Meycauayan SB, Marilao SB, Bocaue Interchange SB Exit, Balagtas, San Fernando NB, Dinalupihan, and Tarlac.


For more convenience, motorists may top up through the Easytrip mobile application and online reloading partners such as PayMaya, Eon, GCash, Bancnet, Mastercard, Visa, UCPB, BPI, Metrobank, BDO, Coins.ph, and Smart Money. Service fees may apply. Aside from NLEX-SCTEX, the Easytrip RFID can be used in other Metro Pacific-led expressways: CAVITEX, C5 LINK, and CALAX.

“Rest assured that our teams will strive harder to keep on providing the best service for our customers,” Bautista noted.

Source: NLEX
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The NLEX Philippine Arena Interchange in Bocaue town, this province will reopen to motorists starting on Saturday after being closed due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis-caused restrictions and for the exclusive use of “We Heal As One” quarantine facility.

The reopening of the road network complements the recent opening of Tambobong Interchange.

Both are vital in the decongestion of Bocaue Interchange and in easing mounting traffic along Governor F. Halili Road in the Bocaue-Sta. Maria corridor.

These alternative roads provide better access and convenience to motorists bound for Sta. Maria, Angat, Pandi and other towns in eastern Bulacan.
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Kit Ventura, NLEX assistant vice president for corporate communications, said to curb the spread of Covid-19, the interchange requires contactless transactions through radio frequency identification (RFID).

“As part of NLEX Corporation’s effort to help motorists transition to cashless transactions, the tollway company will put up RFID installation sites at strategic areas of the Philippine Arena Interchange,” Ventura said in a statement.

Cash-paying motorists who will pass through the road will be required to sign up for an RFID account and have the RFID installed on their vehicles before entry/exit.


“The interchange is surrounded by a mega quarantine facility, a prospective terminal for northern provincial buses -- both are inside the Philippine Arena complex, and a molecular testing laboratory located at the western portion. For everyone’s safety, we are implementing the RFID-only policy at the interchange. This would ensure physical distancing through cashless payments,” NLEX Corporation president and general manager J. Luigi L. Bautista, said.
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In its previous statement, NLEX Corporation said the move to promote contactless payments is in line with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) - Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) directive on the mandatory use of RFID and the ongoing RFID interoperability project aimed at unifying the electronic toll collection systems of all expressways in the country.


“We are committed to provide our customers with safer and innovative payment solutions such as the RFID. We have several installation sites within the expressway and even offer 24/7 RFID installation for those who are not available during specified business hours,” Bautista said.
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The United States marked a grim milestone on Wednesday when its coronavirus deaths topped 150,000 -- far exceeding the toll in any other pandemic-hit nation.

Brazil is second to the US in terms of cases and fatalities, and also reported a sobering figure as it surpassed 90,000 deaths.

Nations around the globe, even those that believed they had largely curbed the disease, are seeing a rise in cases that are damaging economies and forcing protection measures that have disrupted all aspects of life.

The sacred hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia has begun with some 10,000 Muslim faithful allowed, instead of the roughly 2.5 million that attended last year.
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Pilgrims were brought in small batches into Mecca's Grand Mosque, walking along paths marked on the floor, in sharp contrast to the normal sea of humanity that swirls inside its walls.

Even with efforts in place to contain the virus, it has killed more than 660,000 people around the world and total infections are approaching 17 million.

While US President Donald Trump sought to link a spike in cases to protests in some cities, leaders in Congress conceded late on Tuesday they were still far from a deal to support the world's leading economy.


Democrats had proposed a $3 trillion aid package and Republicans this week put forward a $1 trillion deal -- but many in their own party disagree on principle with such spending.
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Taguig City COVID-19 CASE UPDATES
July 28, 2020

The local government of Taguig City is delighted to report 506 recoveries in two areas in the city subject to localized quarantine. No one was reportedly killed and there are no active cases of COVID-19 in the area.


This 100 percent recovery rate in cases from the BGC Construction Site and Area 5 and 6 in Lower Bicutan is just proof of the good city government is doing such as aggressive testing and comprehensive plans to stop The spread of COVID-19 virus.

Of the 2,013 confirmed cases in Taguig, 1,756 or 87.2 percent of these cases are recovered patients already. This number has been adjusted and recorded according to the new policies of the Department of Health.

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Taguig recorded 23 new CONFIRMED CASES yesterday. New cases are from Palingon-Tipas (1), Fort Bonifacio (3), North Hundred King (1), North Signal (1), Combined (1), South Signal (2), Upper Bicutan (13), and Western Bicutan (1). While the number of active cases in the city is now 228.

Meanwhile, other recoveries continue to monitor the number and expect updates in the next few days.

In total, starting January 27 until now July 28, 2020, the city has already conducted 23,503 PCR tests *, and has already recorded 2,013 confirmed cases, while 228 active cases, 29 deaths, and 1,756 recoveries in the city.

* The number of tests done here is PCR Tests only. Local government's Rapid Tests were no longer included because Rapid Tests results are still required for Confirmatory tests.


SMART testing or Systematic Mass Approach to Responsible Testing where the barangay-based testing and drive-thru tresting is located to expand the testing capacity of the city.

You can answer a self-assessment form at www.taguiginfo.com or call COVID hotline and health centers.
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The Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERT) continues to revolve around Taguig City Containment Team to monitor and contain COVID-19 cases in the city.

Taguig City government is asking for everyone's cooperation to monitor all cases and prevent more COVID-19 cases.

For questions or concerns, call the Taguig COVID-19 hotline at 8-789-3200 or at 0966-419-4510.



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The country’s two major telecommunication companies (telcos)  on Monday got President Rodrigo Duterte's warning to improve their services by December or risk getting shut down.

In his fifth state of the nation address (SONA) Monday, Duterte said he would take “drastic steps” against Globe Telecom Inc. and Smart Communications Inc., the wireless arm of PLDT Inc., if they do not improve by yearend.


“I call on our communication companies to improve their services lest we are forced to take drastic steps to address the less than ideal services that the public is getting from you,” he said.

He told the telcos not to make the public wait for “10 years” to experience the kind of service being enjoyed by other countries.

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“If you are not ready to improve, I might just as well close all of you and we revert back to the line telephone. At kukunin ko ‘yan i-expropriate ko sa gobyerno (And I will get that, I will expropriate it),” he said.

Duterte claimed he would “articulate the anger of the Filipino people” for their lousy services.


“Tell us now if you cannot really improve on it because I will work by December. I have two years. The next two years will be spent improving the telecommunications of this country without you. I will find a way. I will talk to Congress and find a way how to do it,” he said.

Previously, Duterte hit the telco duopoly, which paved the way for the entry of a third telco player.


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On July 8, 2019, Duterte awarded Mislatel Consortium, now Dito Telecommunity, the permit to operate as the Philippines’ third telco provider.

The corporation is a consortium led by Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy and composed of Uy’s Udenna Corporation, its subsidiary Chelsea Logistics, and China Telecommunications Corporation

In his fourth SONA, he vowed that the entry of the Dito Telecommunity is corruption-free.


Meanwhile, he also urged authorities to protect Filipinos’ data and privacy online and run after online scammers.

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“We must continue to protect Filipinos in the new normal and remind the world that we are responsible stewards of data. I am committed to protect both the physical and digital lives of our law-abiding countrymen,” he said.

Amid the prevailing coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, he urged government agencies to prioritize “paperless” transactions.
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The Philippines consistently lagged behind in internet connection and speed in several studies on inter-connectivity.

In April, the Philippines ranked 121st out of 139 countries in mobile internet speed and placed 110 out of 174 countries in fixed broadband speed, according to the Speed Test Global Index.


A separate 2017 report of Akamai, an internet service and security provider firm, showed that the Philippines had the slowest average connection speed of just 4.5 Mbps (megabits per second), followed by India with 5.6 Mbps.

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There are some 57 million internet users, 3.9 million broadband subscribers, 134.6 million mobile phone subscribers and 4.1 million landline subscribers in the country in 2018, according to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

This is expected to jump as the coronavirus pandemic has forced Filipinos to go online for work and school since quarantine restrictions were implemented in March.

For its part, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has vowed to improve internet service and increase its access after the quarantine. Last March, it launched Wi-Fi spots in remote and disadvantaged areas in Albay, Isabela, Palawan, Lanao del Sur, and Davao City. By the end of 2020, it aims to establish 10,000 free Wi-Fi sites nationwide.


However, millions are still struggling with the slow speed of telco services. A ton of complaints are being filed to NTC.
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As of March 2020, the Philippines ranked 63rd out of 100 countries in the 2020 Inclusive Internet Index conducted by the UK-based The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and commissioned by Facebook.


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July 27, 2020, Monday, Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivered his 5th State of the Nation Address or SONA at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City.


Duterte was joined by Senate President Vicente Sotto III and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, as well as some lawmakers.

The government implemented a very strict security at the Batasang Pambansa on Monday, with rapid tests and swab tests conducted for those entering the venue. Only 50 people were also allowed inside the plenary.

Below is the highlights of this year's SONA:

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HIGHLIGHTS: 30+ Quotes by Duterte on his 5th SONA