“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”
— Albert Einstein
By Alex P. Vidal
NEW YORK CITY — One thing we like most about Department of Tourism (DOT) Western Visayas Director Helen J. Catalbas is she talks with a lot of sense.
A lawyer and writer, Director Catalbas attracts attention each time she shares her ideas and suggestions.
Reporters always go to the newsroom with a handful of positive news after listening to Director Catalbas.
She became the first government official to exhort all tourism establishments in the region to include high-speed Internet in the services they give their customers.
Director Catalbas has noticed that several tourism destinations in Western Visayas have low-speed Internet connection.
In technology parlance, low-speed is slovenly or second-rate.
To compound the matter, there are tourist spots and business establishments that don’t have Internet or wi fi services, at all, she observed.
There are establishments that don’t give a hoot if their Internet is lousy as long as they can make a profit from customers– students, businessmen, tourists–who are mostly Internet users.
With Director Catalbas’ suggestions, we expect business establishments in Panay and Negros islands to take the matter seriously and start upgrading their Internet connection.
There are Internet providers that offer reasonable rates and won’t abuse their client-establishments so that these client-establishments won’t give their customers shoddy or inferior services to recoup their deficits.
A quality place, after all, deserves quality services.
In this age of technology, Internet has become part and parcel of our daily life. It has become a necessity. Most people nowadays can’t live a normal life without Internet.
Most universities and malls, in fact, are now equipped with free Internet services. In the advent of social media, Internet is the god.
Establishment owners all over the Philippines have realized that if they did not have Internet services, only lizards and ants patronized their stores.