Poe sounds alarm on ‘brain drain’ in telco services
Senator Grace Poe on Sunday sounded the alarm on the need for initiatives to stem “brain drain" that deprives the Filipinos quality and efficient telecommunications services.

Poe sounds alarm on ‘brain drain’ in telco services

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Senator Grace Poe on Sunday sounded the alarm on the need for initiatives to stem “brain drain” that deprives the Filipinos quality and efficient telecommunications services.

The chairperson of the public services committee raised the matter as the panel prepares to convene for a public hearing on December 7, Monday to tackle measures granting the application for franchises of several telecommunications companies in the country.

Poe noted that many households have complained that telcos service providers could not seem to find a steady fix for the internet and signal problems of their subscribers.

“Kulang yata sila sa magagaling na teknikal na tao kasi pabalik-balik din ang problema. ‘Yun din ang problema dito sa ating brain drain na tinatawag,” she said.

“Masaya tayo na ang ating mga OFW ay kinikilala sa ibang bansa dahil sa kanilang kapabilidad at talento, pero nawawala rin ang magagaling dito sa atin. Nagkukulang din tayo ng tao, kahit na ang magagaling dito na technical persons natin sobra rin silang nahihirapan sa dami ng nangangailangan sa kanila,” Poe lamented.

The senator exhorted local businesses to open up quality opportunities to Filipinos, so they would not be forced to work abroad.

“Importante sana na magdagdag ng sapat na trabaho dito sa atin. Magbukas pa sana ng pwesto, kasi kulang sila ng teknikal na tao. Kapag nagkakaroon ng bagyo, kapag nagkakaroon ng kung anumang aberya, hindi rin nila maasikaso agad,” she said.

“Huwag sanang magtipid sa pagbibigay ng trabaho sa ating mga kababayan dahil kung sila ay hindi na kinakailangang umalis, mas maraming makakatugon sa ating pangangailangan dito at sila rin ay mayroong pagkakakitaan, hindi na kailangang iwanan ang pamilya,” Poe stressed.

On Monday’s hearing, the senator said she will ask for a report from the telcos on their compliance to the government’s directive to accelerate the building of cell towers, including in far-flung areas.

The Bayanihan to Recover As One Act or Bayanihan 2 has waived several permit requirements for the telcos to allow them to hasten the construction of cell towers.

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