By Mario Casayuran
With the increased reliance on internet access and to the use of home and mobile communication units, international boxing icon and Sen. Emmanuel D. Pacquiao has filed a bill which seeks to address internet congestion and home and mobile communication unit problems in the country.
Pacquiao said the continuing experience and effects of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in the Philippines has forced changes on the behavior of Filipinos.
“The contagion has compelled individuals to limit face-to-face interaction to an ‘only-necessary’ minimum,” he said.
To mitigate the disruption of work activities and to minimize its impact on the economy, the alternative mode of doing work from home is increasingly being adopted, he said.
To continue contracts and perform commercial and other transactions, including the offer and purchase of basic provisions, individual parties have resorted to remote negotiation and execution.
With the avoidance of in-person contact, distance communication is now in greater use for casual messaging, convening meetings, and even conducting conferences and seminars or “webinars,’’ Pacquiao said.
The celebration of religious services, and of milestones of families and acquaintances, and even the conveyance of bereavement and witnessing of wakes and interment are all going online.
At present, the importance of continuing the education and schooling of students is requiring government, academic institutions, and leaders in the academe to reformat and design hybrid methods of learning that will use synchronized and asynchronous instruction, but avoiding in-school visits and face-to-face teaching.
According to Pacquiao, all of these activities, in varying but significant degrees, require access to the internet and increasing use of home and mobile communication units.
Pacquiao’s Senate Bill 1580 seeks to institute measures that can enable, support and improve the effectiveness of the new normal behavior of Filipinos.
This bill shall provide the necessary supplement to minimize and eventually stop the spread of the disease caused by the Covid-19 virus.
This bill may also serve as a model for necessary action to address future epidemics, and may even remediate day-to-day communication problems of Filipinos, Pacquiao said.