It may take two more years to provide free WiFi to all elementary schools and barangays, according to DICT.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said that it may take two more years to provide free WiFi to all elementary schools and barangays across the nation.
On Tuesday, the DICT said that it may take the national government 2 more years to provide free Wi-Fi connections to elementary schools and barangays across the nation.
DICT Undersecretary for Digital Philippines Emmanuel Rey Caintic was asked during a congressional hearing how long it would take for the free public Wi-Fi to completely cover public schools.
“Right now we are including it in our 2022 budget, pero ang estimate ko sir another two years po ‘yan of rollout to cover all of 43,000 barangays and elementary schools,” Caintic said.
For this year, the DICT earmarked PHP 7.7 billion for the implementation of the “Free Wi-Fi For All” in state universities and colleges (SUCs) and in public places.
The DICT also planned to deploy the most number of sites in public institutions in the Philippines — 10,300 sites in public schools and 1,804 sites in Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) institutions and SUCs.
After doubling the number of sites for the program last year, the DICT said that there were 8,924 sites installed across the Philippines as of May 5, 2021.
Last January 2018, the DICT said that it planned to put up 250,000 Wi-Fi access points across the Philippines before 2022, when President Rodrigo Duterte’s six-year term ended.