Intentional cable cutting and theft has been a rampant issue nationwide, affecting thousands of Filipino households, depriving them of internet service, cable TV connection and, at times, power supply.
This malicious crime that has been a major concern of telco and power utilities providers and the local government units (LGUs) jeopardizes customers’ access to news, information and entertainment crucial for their day-to-day activities.
Among its effects is how it disrupts the seamless internet connection needed by professionals with remote setups or online business owners. Disruptions caused by illegal cable cutting can also take a toll on the academic performance of students as they rely heavily on stable and reliable internet connectivity.
Intentional cable cuts disrupt TV reception, which is still vital in getting the latest news and information and providing quality bonding moments for the family.
Aside from TV and internet disruption, illegal cable cutting puts the safety of individuals and the environment at risk. There have been reports that perpetrators have been electrocuted trying to cut live wiring that also resulted in fires in the neighborhood. Sometimes perpetrators burn the nonprofitable stolen wires, producing harmful gas that pollutes the environment and affects the health of individuals when inhaled.
In an effort to address these malicious acts and hold violators accountable by legal action, SKY partnered with other telcos and cable operators, power utilities providers and more LGUs in the country to strengthen its “Oplan Kontra Putol” initiative.
“Oplan Kontra Putol” takes prompt action to restore affected lines, continuously monitor the situation by working closely with local authorities and observe the strict implementation of RA 10515 or the Cable Theft Law.
Report suspected illegal cable cutting activities through www.mysky.com.ph/kontraputol, via security hotline number 3449-9111 (for Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna and Bulacan) or by messaging KYLA on Viber (mysky.com.ph/kylaofsky), Facebook Messenger (m.me/myskyupdates) and SKY’s official website (mysky.com.ph/message-us).