The DICT widened the coverage of “Free Wi-Fi for All” program to include remote areas in Luzon.
The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) recently widened the coverage of its “Free Wi-Fi for All” Program to include remote areas in Luzon.
On Friday, DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II said in a statement that they aimed to open up opportunities for Filipino to advance and to thrive in the digital economy.
“Your DICT endeavors to connect and reach all Filipinos nationwide regardless of their location. In this day and age where ICT plays an important function in society, we aim to open up opportunities for Filipino to advance and thrive in the digital economy,” Honasan said.
Based on a report on Manila Bulletin, 66 free-Wifi access points were activated at 22 geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) in Tiaong, Dolores, Candelaria, Sariaya, General Luna, Pitogo, Lopez, Catanauan, and Malunay towns in Quezon Province.
Also, the DICT established free Wi-Fi sites in the municipalities of Liliw and Cavinti in Laguna. In addition, free Wi-FI access points were activated in Sta. Ignacia, Tarlac.
According to Honasan, through the said program, the DICT targeted to deploy last-mile connectivity — particularly in identified GIDA locations. There were 8,924 free Wi-Fi sites installed across the Philippines as of May 5, 2021.
The “Free Wi-Fi for All” program was under Republic Act 10929 or the “Free Internet Access in Public Places Act”.