Digital connectivity setup must be included in property dev’t design, says solon

12:12 AM April 24, 2024

The installation of broadband connectivity must be a default layout in building construction and other property development design, said House Deputy Majority Leader Erwin Tulfo.

“Like the installation of power and water lines which is pre-set and lease-free in the current construction industry practice, the setup for digital connectivity should also be included in the template for the occupants’ basic utilities,” explained Tulfo.


He said he will support and actively participate in any legislation which seeks to promote and expedite the digital transformation of the country.

The House deputy majority leader said that hundreds of building construction and property developments in the Capital Region had already adopted as default layout a lease-free setup for digital connectivity.


“The idea of providing ample space for the installation of broadband connectivity which is free of charge should now be considered seriously by the private sector without the legislative intervention, because it has already been done by certain developers as their marketing teaser,” Tulfo explained.

Currently, some 767 buildings owners across Metro Manila have adopted the zero-lease digital connectivity for their marketing attraction.

With 105 developers. Makati City has the highest number of buildings which adopted the lease-free setup for digital connectivity. Taguig has 91 buildings, and Quezon City with 57 buildings.

Areas in North and South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, on the other hand, have yet to pick up the pace on the zero-lease for structures to help with providing better internet access.

Tulfo stressed, however, that if property developers continue to show reluctance in setting up costless broadband link for
their occupants on voluntary basis, the remedy is in the amendment of the 47-year old National Building Code, in which a new provision shall require a costless installation of broadband networks as default layout in all private and government property dev’t designs.

Tulfo was referring to the still pending House Bill 8534 which seeks to provide all buildings and structures and property developments a framework of minimum standard and requirements to regulate and control their location, site, design, quality of materials, construction, use, occupancy, maintenance, and ensure connectivity prior to occupancy.

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