Dominguez steps in vs ‘weak’ criteria for third telco player
He’s setting the bar high.
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III is seeing through his old friend President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign promise of improving telecommunications services in the country.
In fact, Dominguez has been very hands-on in preparations to welcome a new player in the mobile services industry as he flexes his muscle as part of the Cabinet.
“I’ve expressed my concerns on the proposed process as I find the pre-qualification criteria as being weak, and I think that scoring should not be based on ‘commitments,'” Dominguez said as the Department of Information and Communications Technology prepares the terms of reference that will start the bidding process.
“You know, the beauty contest in the past resulted to frequency hoarding and those companies failed to improve service. They just made money by flipping assets government owns. I don’t want that to happen again.”
“Government should not forget what the task at hand is. The mandate of the President was not only to bring in a third telco player, but more importantly, to ensure that its entry will result to rendering of better services to the consumers at the lowest possible cost,” Dominguez added.
The long wait may soon be over, as the criteria is expected to be finalized and approved within June 2018.