The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT)The formally launched its “Free Wi-fi for All” program at the DICT Baguio – Benguet provincial office at the Post Office Compound on Wednesday with DICT Assistant Secretary Felino Castro V and city officials headed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong.
The free wifi already garnered around 100 public users just during the launching period.
This also boosts the services the DICT Tech4ED Center at the the post office building which has 10 computer units that provide free computer usage and internet connectivity. It also serves as a hub where people can improve their digital literacy and get access to government online services.
The DICT Free Wifi for All – Free Internet Access Program aims to accelerate government’s effort in enhancing internet accessibility for Filipinos so that economic, social and educational opportunities will be bolstered and the growing digital divide can be bridged.
As of October 2, DICT already established 3,000 live free wi-fi sites in 77 provinces, 768 cities and municipalities and 18 points of presence in the different regions of the country.
Castro disclosed that there are 309 more free public wifi DICT projects that are in the pipeline for Baguio alone. They are now working into forging partnerships with electric cooperatives to bring connectivity to other local communities in other parts of Cordillera where internet access is still a major concern.
Magalong thanked the DICT for the “free wifi for all” initiatives for the city. He called for continuing partnership for the achievement of the digital transformation which he envisions that generally aims to improve governance and spur economic growth towards a better Baguio. (JDP/CC-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar