DICT appeals to checkpoint authorities: Allow telco employees to pass

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 23 2020 04:04 PM

MANILA - The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Thursday appealed to authorities manning quarantine checkpoints to let employees of telecommunication firms pass as they are exempted from the lockdown.

DICT spokesperson Adrian Echaus said the appeal also extends to local government units and subdivisions following reports that maintenance personnel were being denied entry.

"Nananawagan po ang DICT na huwag pong pigilan itong mga tauhan lalo na ang mga maintenance at service personnel ng mga telcos at internet providers," Echaus said in a virtual press briefing.

(The DICT is appealing not to deny entry to employees of telcos and internet providers.)

Employees of cable and internet service providers, and third-party contractors of telecommunication firms are among those exempted from stay-at-home rules under the Luzon-wide lockdown.

Echaus also assured the public that internet services would continue despite the lockdown. 

The National Telecommunications Commission has also been instructed to monitor internet service providers, the DICT spokesman said.

"Sinisigurado po ng DICT na ang mga internet services for existing subscribers ay tuloy-tuloy po at ang mga new subscribers naman ay mabigyang serbisyo," Echaus said.

(The DICT assures the public that internet services for existing subscribers will continue and that new subscribers will be serviced.)