P10 million fine eyed for telcos that don’t send free early warning text alerts during disasters

A single text alert can save lives.

Maila Ager of Inquirer.net reports that Sen. Frank Drilon has proposed slapping a fine of up to P10 million on any telecommunications company that fails or refuses to send early warning text alerts to its consumers or the government for free in times of natural and man-made disasters and  calamities.


According to the report, Drilon's proposal "was among the amendments introduced by the Senate committee on public service when it endorsed on Monday (Feb. 24) House Bill  No. 353, which mandates telecommunication companies to send free mobile early warning alerts in the event of natural and man-made disasters and  calamities." The measure requires telcos to send text alerts containing the latest available information from related government agencies directly to mobile phone subscribers living near or within the affected area.


The Senate President has expressed support for the proposed legislation, saying Filipinos need to be given early warning alerts about calamities given that the Philippines has been ranked as the third most disaster-prone country in the world.

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