Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Bad customer service

Business Mirror

THE following is an e-mail exchange between a close friend and business associate and Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) regarding his application for the P3,000 per month DSL Internet service.
From: Fernando, To: customercare@pldt.com, March 09, ‘12, Subject: myDSL Application-Plan 3000.

First Name: Fernando, Last Name: A., House No.: 1234, Street: Rizal St. Village Name: Gated Village, Bgy. Dela Cruz, Abc City, 1876, E-mail: Fernando@ internet.com, DSL Plan: XCEL 3000

From: customercare@pldt.com.ph, To: Fernando, 15 Mar ‘12, Subject: RE: PLDT myDSL Application.

For us to verify if Telephone and DSL connection is serviceable in your area, please provide us your complete address. House number, Street Name, Village Name, Barangay Name, City,

This will aid us in processing your application. Respectfully, PLDT Customer Care.

From: Fernando, March 15, ‘12 Subject: RE: PLDT myDSL Application

I’m hoping my application would be facilitated within the week. House number: 1234, Street Name: Rizal St., Village Name: Gated Village, Barangay Name: Dela Cruz, Abc City, 1876.

From: customercare@pldt.com.ph, 16 Mar ‘12, Subject: RE: PLDT myDSL Application

Dear Sir: We need your previous address also.

From: Fernando, March 19, ‘12, Subject: RE: PLDT myDSL Application

Here are my previous addresses: 1. Xyz 2. xyZ.

Is there any problem? This has taken so long.

From: customercare@pldt.com.ph, 20 Mar ‘12, Subject: PLDT myDSL Application

Dear Sir, Thank you for your interest in our PLDT service.

We are in the process of verifying the available cable facilities in your area. Meanwhile, please provide us the following information as required in the creation of your application record: Valid ID Number and copy of ID, Birth Date, and Signed Subscription Certificate. You may send the documents through e-mail as scanned copy, attention: Ms. S.

From: Fernando, attention: Ms. S, March 28, ‘12 Subject: RE: myDSL Application

Here are all the documents you asked for. When will my DSL be installed? Thank you.

From: customercare@pldt.com.ph, 29 Mar ‘12, Subject: RE: DSL Application

Dear Sir, Please be advised that we are currently enhancing our System, thus, we may only take your application details and encode it in our database once our System is up. You may check with us again after two weeks to ensure that a corresponding Account Number has been issued to your phone/DSL application. Thank you.

My friend’s response to that last e-mail is unprintable. It took 20 days for the company to tell the potential customer that in spite of providing all the information they asked for, (in one case, twice) the application for service could not be processed and to check back again in two weeks.

The company loses revenue and customer good will. The customer loses time and effort. The economy loses activity and productivity.

It is either that the person working for the company is not qualified to address the needs of the customer. Or, the company is incapable of addressing those needs in a timely, efficient, and effective manner. This kind of customer service is unacceptable.

The following is a series of updates from the government to the people.

13 November 2011: A government panel crafting a new mining policy is expected to submit its proposals on November 15 for approval by President Aquino before the year ends.

26 January ’12: President Aquino said the Philippine government will have a clear-cut mining policy by next month.

17 February ’12: The Aquino administration is speeding up the review of the country’s mining policy.

5 March ’12: The crafting of a government policy on mining will have to take a little longer, Malacañang said over the weekend. A presidential spokesman said that the government could not give an assurance of when it will come out.

10 March ’12: The government has backtracked on its plan to issue an executive order detailing new mining regulations. Instead, the government will release a policy statement on the mining sector.

29 March ’12: The government may release a series of policies for the regulation of the mining industry instead of just one executive order.

29 March ’12: President Aquino hinted on Thursday that the much-awaited executive order on mining will be out in a month.

30 March ’12: “So it’s still not a finished policy. It’s still a work in progress,” Aquino said. The government has not set a new target date for the release of the new policies for the mining sector.

1 April ’12: President Aquino confirmed yesterday a “policy statement” on mining would be issued to lay down the principles and broad directions it would want to take as regards the sector.

“You may check with us again after two weeks.”

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