The first Roundtable Discussion  was held on April 11, 2007.  See proceedings and main discussant’s presentation .

{mosimage}Jude Esguerra (right, standing) of the Institute of Popular Democracy was the main speaker during the 2nd RTD held on May 25. He presented a paper entitled “Risks and Opportunities Faced by Small Peri-Urban Water Service Providers: Two cases.” It was the result of several case studies done by Mr. Esguerra’s team, which looked into the risks that community and LGU-based and small water providers face.

These water providers have came in to fill-in swathes of the service area that the private companies could not yet serve. What happens once the private companies come-in to take over the areas serviced by the other water sector players? Read the paper for more. Mr. Esguerra’s powerpoint presentation (saved in .pdf), and the records and summary of the proceedings are also available.

The third roundtable discussion was held on June 20, 2007. DOTC Undersecretary Lorenzo Formoso  III (below) gave a briefing on the controversial National Broadband Network Project, which aims to have the government and its subdivisions electronically linked to local government by broadband. Government entered into a contract with China’s state-owned ZTE Corporation along with a loan agreement from the Chinese government.

{mosimage} Some participants noted the government’s poor experience in managing its own telecommunications network just like the “Telepono ng Bayan” program. Others question the need to spend for an expensive broadband network. They said that government can, as alternative, tap the existing privately-owned networks. More questions were raised when Usec. Formoso informed the audience that the contracts were lost by a Philippine trade attaché in China.

Here are the complete records and summary of the proceedings.

See related links:

No go for Broadband deal—Palace adviser Apostol: where’s copy of contract?

Questions hound national broadband network project

Broadband deal not needed — UP study

Lacking a backbone: The controversy over the “Nat’l Broadband Network” & Cyber-education project by Raul V. Fabella and Emmanuel S. de Dios