The Palawan Provincial Board will summon officials of major telecommunications companies (telcos) operating in the province for updates on developments in the upgrading of their services.

In a privilege speech Tuesday, Board Member David Francis Ponce de Leon said that the telcos need to upgrade their services, especially in towns of Cuyo, Agutaya, and Magsaysay which have poor connections.

“I was there a couple of months ago and talagang walang internet at sobrang hirap ng signal. Mayroon tayong mga kababayan in that area na talagang galit na galit sa services ng mga telcos. This is just about the lack of services of telecommunications companies in Palawan,” he said.

Ponce de Leon said that while internet signals are available in all municipalities, there are still many outlying barangays that have no telecommunications services.

He said that it is unfair and a burden for residents to buy prepaid phone loads and not get any signal.

“Nakakalungkot din na ang ating mga kababayan ay bibili ng load pero wala namang serbisyo na naibabalik ang Globe at Smart. Hihingi na rin tayo ng update dahil when they came here sabi nila ay mayroon silang upgrading, dadagdagan nila ang mga towers. Hopefully, magpadala sila ng representatives who can answer our queries,” he said.

Last year, Smart Telecommunications Inc.’s legal and regulatory group manager Atty. Anthony Louen Fernandez said that they are committed to putting up 90 cellular sites until 2020 with a Long-Term Evolution (LTE) connection to upgrade its services in the mainland and island municipalities.

For 2019, there will be 46 additional cellular sites after the construction of 18 new cellular sites in the towns of Aborlan, Brooke’s Point, Busuanga, Coron, El Nido, San Vicente, Sofronio Espanola, Taytay, and Puerto Princesa.

“This year we have committed to activating a total of 26 LTE sites to be provided with LTE service. In 2018, 2019, and 2020 there will be a total of 90 sites with an LTE,” said Fernandez.