Q & A: Getting to know Joey de Venecia

April 15, 2010 at 11:47 pm Leave a comment


Senatorial candidate Jose ‘Joey” de Venecia III of the Partido ng Masang Pilipino, son of former Speaker Jose de Venecia, made known for himself when he exposed the anomalous ZTE-NBN deal. A successful businessman in the field of computers, he now wants to join the political world. The Northern Watch’s columnist Mortz Ortigoza interviewed him on the hottest issue of the day – the computerization of the May 10 elections. Excerpts:

NORTHERN WATCH (NW) Please introduce yourself.

JOSE DE VENECIA III (JDV III): Jose “Joey” de Venecia III. My middle name is Perez. Anak ako ni dating House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr.. Ang aking ina ay si Victoria Perez na anak ng dating House Speaker na taga San Carlos (City, Pangasinan) na si Speaker Eugenio Perez. I am a businessman, first time politician. Never worked with the government, but is aspiring now for a senatorial position under the Partido ng Masang Pilipino.

NW What school did you finish your tertiary education?

JDV III: I graduated at Fordham University School of Business in New York City . My master in Business Administration was at the American University . I went to Boston University , USA , for my Liberal Arts studies. I am also a public accountant. I became an entrepreneur, and now I am a businessman.

NW: Nationalista Party senatorial bet Gilbert Remulla promised that in case he wins the national poll he would be giving one computer to each school nationally. You would be giving one computer to each family nationwide as you promised in your media ads, can the government afford it?

JDV III: Unang una, ang computer to each (public) school ginagawa na ng mga congressmen natin for the last nine years. Panahon pa ng aking father namimigay na ang mga congressmen ng computer sa mga eskwelahan. Sa akin, computer bawat pamilya. This is what I want. The cost of laptop now is P5,000. With 10 million families that is P50 million. With a P1.3 trillion national budget that’s only five percent of the budget. With the use of the computer and Internet ay makapag aral ng mabuti ang ating mga kabataan.
Dahil sa computer makapag hanap pa sila or mga magulang nila ng trabaho mula sa bahay nila. Iyong P10 million___ i-subsidize ng Information Technology, Bill Gates Foundation, Warren Buffet Foundation, Microsoft Foundation, Sunlight System Foundation. Tumutulong sila.

NW: Sabi ng iba hindi daw practical itong computer per household, dahil ang pamilyang Filipino would rather use their scarce monies to buy food than to paythe electricity and the service of the internet provider.

JDV III: If they have internet they would be able na maka-hanap ng trabaho. So, iyon po ang sustainable na benefit in learning. Internet that translates to job, job that translates to money which you would be able to buy your food.

NW: Any comment about the recent decision of the Supreme Court where nine justices (against one that dissented, and three who abstained) favorably decided that the President can appoint the chief justice of the court despite the prohibition given by the Constitution 60 days before the election, and 30 days thereafter.

JDV III: We have the Constitution. We have the interpreter of the Constitution which is the Supreme Court. I have to say that what the interpreter of the Supreme Court na puedeng mag appoint si President Arroyo ng Chief Justirce. Sila po ang dapat sundin maski hindi po tayo sumasang-ayon doon. . Ang Supreme Court ang nagsasabi na puede raw iyon. Iyon po ang aking opinion.

NW: Some political kibitzers say out of 100 percent voters only 70 percent can vote this May 10. And out of the 70 percent 42 percent can actually vote because many would be disenfranchised because of the long-sized ballot that would cause an unimaginable queue outside the polling place. Do you think we have a failure of election that waits on the sideline?

JDV III: I don’t think so. We will have an election. Definely, ako ang pinaglalaban ko na nandiyan na iyan. I wrote a letter to election Commissioner (Jesus) Lardizabal asking him to test the source code. Gusto naming gawin na i-test iyon. Madaling gawin iyon mga one or two days. Mahaba ang pagboto, mabilis po ang pagbiliang. Pinapasabi ko sa ating government officials at mga active voters na pumunta po doon (precinct) ng maaga para makita nila ang pangalan nila. At makapila sila kaagad, kasi matagal silang makapila.

NW: Is the computerized election vulnerable to hacking?

JDV III:Yes, vulnerable. Ngayon lang natin gagamitin ang system. Nag automate ako ng isang banko last year, It took one year to automate the bank kasi bagong system. Maganda sana (automation) gawin muna sa Metro Manila, kasi nga iyong logistical issues, I.T (information technology) issues, TelCos (telephone companies) issues will be addressed in Metro Manila. Ito po iyong mga issues na pueding makasira sa processo.
Secondly, this is a new system hindi po natin alam how reliable it is. Kaya maraming magpapasikat na kabataan diyan, na magha-hack sila na hindi natin malalaman. Iyong mga bata doon sa “I love you” virus para pasikat lang. Ngayon, nagtatrabao sa Microsoft laki-laki ng kita para di lang manggulo, diba?

NW: Nakilala kayo na father ng broadband dito sa Pilipinas. Sino ang nag-udyok sa inyo na pumasok sa venture na ito?

JDV III: In 1992, Nakita ko po iyong potential ng broadband sa America .
Dinala ko pa iyong broadband technology dito year 2000. Since then marami ng nakinabang sa broadband techonology na iyan. Gaya ng call center. Kailangan ang broad band services. Iyon ang tinitingnan ng mga foreign investors gaya ng telecommunication infrastructure. Meron bang broadband? So, iyon po ang aking sinusulong hangang ngayon. At saka ako iyong pioneer sa call center here in 1997. Itinayo ko iyong kompanya na New Interaction that ushered foreign investors, domestic investors. Malaking sunrise industry iyon. At mahigit 600, 000 jobs na ang nai-bigay. Kada position ng isang call center agent meron another 14 positions that benefit other industries. Gaya ng gasolinahan, mga restaurant, 711 convenient stores, and bars. So basically, so kung e-compute mo iyan1.2 million to P1.5 million (workers).
Isa pa ang BPO, kelangan po ang literacy. Iyong marunong bang mag English iyong tao, pangalawa iyong ating call center. So, pababaan lang ng presyo. Mas mura dito ang trabaho. Siempre iyong naisip ng telecommunication business ay iyong mga trabaho ng mga call center agents.

NW: Magkano ang na-ipapasok ng call centers sa bansa kada-taon?

JDV III: $9 billion every year. Saan ka pa hahanap ng trabaho. Fresh graduate ka lang mahigit P20,000 na ang sueldo mo sa umpisa pa lang. Ito po iyong naka-ganda. Meron tayong knowledge so ang work ginagawa natin dito ngayon. Bank room accounting ng big companies, human resources management work na ginagawa dito. Medical transcription, financial transcription, litigation support for local. Tapos, Knowledge course iyong artistic side natin: Animation saka iyong architectural work dito ginagawa.

NW How much was the overpriced in the aborted ZTE Broadband Deal you exposed to the public?

JDV III: Overpriced of $200 million. Actually ang alam ko diyan $120 Million kaya lang sinasabi ni Jun Lozada up to $200 million ang “tongpats”(overpriced) So, $120 million or $200 million, that’s a lot of money! $200 million is P10 billion of the project that cost only P6 billion. Iyon po ang pinakamasaklap sa problemang iyon. Nahinto natin iyong kontrata at kinansela ni Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Mabuti na lang na kansela, nawalan tayo ng tinik kasi iyong proposal naming sa private sector walang cost sa government.

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