DTI – NTC agreement to boost protection of telecoms users

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to strengthen the protection of consumers against deceptive, unfair and unconscionable practices which involves the telecommunications industry.

DTI Undersecretary Victorio Mario Dimagiba and NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba signed the agreement on May 7, 2015.

The DTI, as provided in the Consumer Act of the Philippines, shall protect the interest of the consumer and shall implement measures to achieve protection against deceptive, unfair and unconscionable sales acts and practices.

Pursuant to the Public Telecommunications Policy Act of the Philippines, the NTC shall be responsible for ensuring quality, safe, reliable, secured, compatible and inter-operable telecommunications facilities and services.

Mandates of DTI and NTC are delineated in the agreement to avoid confusion in the handling of administrative complaints against erring telecommunication companies.

DTI will handle complaints involving warranty, misleading advertisement, defective products, fraudulent sales promotions, and deceptive sales practices.

On the other hand, NTC will handle complaints involving poor service (technical and customer services), billing issues, fair use policy, denial of subscription plan application, text spams, and text scams.

Posted By: Edrillan Pasion


Author: tuklasinnatin

A Journalist and served government for 20 years. A community organizer who rose from a clan of artists and novelists.

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