DITO franchise bill passed on 3rd reading

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    The Senate on Wednesday approved on third and final reading a measure granting the Mindanao Islamic Telephone Co., known as DITO Telecommunity, another 25 years to operate.

    Seventeen senators voted in favor of the measure, one abstained, while Senators Risa Hontiveros and Francis Pangilinan voted against House Bill 7332 renewing the franchise of DITO to “construct, establish, install, maintain, and operate wire and/or wireless telecommunications system in the Philippines.”

    DITO’s existing franchise under Mislatel is set to expired on April 2023.

    DITO is owned by Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy’s Udenna Corp. and state-run China Telecom. It is the country’s third telco player.

    The measure was first approved in the House of Representatives before it was transmitted to the Senate for consideration.

    The Senate approved the measure on second reading last week.

    The Senate also approved on third and final reading measures granting telco Data Inc. permit to operate, Highland Broadcasting Network to operate a radio and TV station, the University of the Philippines System another 25-year franchise to operate a broadcast system, the City Government of Davao to run a radio broadcasting company, and Palawan Broadcasting Corporation to run a radio and TV station.