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  • By Reggie Vizmanos

NEDA Advocates For Passage Of "Konektadong Pinoy Bill"

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary Arsenio Balisacan is urging the passage of the "Konektadong Pinoy Bill" or the Open Access in Data Transmission Bill, stating that it could bolster the country’s internet infrastructure and improve digital connectivity.


The bill aims to ensure affordable internet access for every Filipino by enhancing market accessibility, upgrading physical and digital infrastructure, and facilitating the full participation of individuals and businesses in the digital economy. I Photo: National Economic Development Authority Facebook



The bill aims to ensure affordable internet access for every Filipino by enhancing market accessibility, upgrading physical and digital infrastructure, and facilitating the full participation of individuals and businesses in the digital economy.


Secretary Balisacan emphasized, “NEDA supports the advocacy for the passage of the Open Access Bill, or its newest iteration, the Konektadong Pinoy Bill. This landmark legislation embodies our commitment to promoting fair competition and removing barriers to entry in the data transmission sector.”



He added, “The bill seeks to lower costs and broaden access to high-quality internet services for all Filipinos, particularly those in underserved areas.”


Balisacan expressed optimism that the proposed bill will be enacted during the current session of Congress, stressing that reliable internet services are no longer a luxury but a fundamental requirement for inclusive socioeconomic development.


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He highlighted that the bill is included in the list of Common Legislative Agenda of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Committee and has already been passed by the House of Representatives, currently under discussion in the Senate.


Secretary Balisacan referred to a report released by the World Bank in January, which highlighted the Philippines’ internet connectivity challenges in terms of affordability, speed, and access, creating disparities in digital participation.


Entrepreneurship: Business woman smiling, working and reading from mobile phone In front of laptop in the financial district.

The report emphasized the necessity of passing the open access in data transmission bill, considering it a promising start among various proposals in Congress.


Furthermore, the report suggested that policymakers can initiate immediate reforms through the open access bill as a starting point for broader digital connectivity agendas in the medium to long term.


Market & economy: Market economist in suit and tie reading reports and analysing charts in the office located in the financial district.

“In the rapidly evolving digital landscape, the Philippines stands at a critical juncture in its journey towards economic advancement. We cannot underestimate the transformative potential of information and communication technologies (ICT), which have the capacity to revolutionize every aspect of our lives,” Balisacan emphasized.




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