Release of telco selection rules postponed

Warren de Guzman, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 12 2018 11:24 AM

MANILA - The government postponed the release of guidelines for the selection of the telecommunications company that will challenge the dominance of PLDT Inc and Globe Telecom, the official in charge of the process said Monday.

A public consultation scheduled for Wednesday was also postponed, said Department of Information and Communications Technology officer-in-charge Eliseo Rio.

Rio said the DICT had "some issues" that it needed to resolve with the help of the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union. He did not elaborate.

"We will resolve these issues within the week, after which we will post the draft TOR (terms of reference) in our website. We will call another public forum by next week to discuss this draft TOR," Rio said.

"What we want to have for public discussion is a draft TOR with no longer any internal issues," he said.

Under the most recent timetable for the selection process, the deadline for the publication of the terms of reference was set on April 9, with the submission of bids due on May 24.