Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Lawmaker wants Facebook, Twitter use regulated

MANILA, Philippines - A Marikina lawmaker is seeking to regulate government employees' use of social networking sites Twitter and Facebook during office hours.

Marikina City 2nd District Rep. Romero Federico Quimbo filed Wednesday House Bill 184, which seeks to impose regulations on the use of government Internet facilities to access social networking sites.

While Quimbo does not want a total ban, he proposes that government agencies regulate the use of social networking sites because it affects the productivity of the agencies.

The measure also proposes that government-owned and -controlled corporations be included in the regulation.

The bill also requires government agencies to submit "copies of their respective regulations" to the chamber during the deliberation of the proposed national budget for 2011.

Quimbo said that based on his own estimate, the government loses P10,315,8000 a month in electricity expenses if government employees use Facebook and Twitter 2 hours daily.

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