CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, October 8 (PIA) - Department of Information Communications Technology (DICT) Mindanao Cluster 2 launched its Free Wi-Fi For All under free public internet access programat East-West Terminal Departure and Arrival Area, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City.
Per Republic Act 10929, Free Public Internet Access Program shall provide free access to internet service in public places throughout the country.
According to DICT, Free WI-Fi is already operational at a total of 3,000 public places nationwide as of October 2, 2019. Over 5 million users across 77 provinces and 768 localities have accessed the network. Meanwhile, 308 of these 3,000 sites have been operational from July 2019.
In region 10, there had been 94 Free WiFi sites installed. These include Misamis Oriental (39), Misamis Occidental (10), Bukidnon (21), Camiguin (10) and Lanao del Norte (14).
Engr. Aurellano V. Vicerra, Jr., DICT's focal for this program said the government is doing this to provide info structure connectivity.
Within this year, he said, after the bidding process, if successful, DICT MC2 will provide more hotspots including the provinces. "We will provide the Internet," he said.
Assistant Regional Director Frederick DC. Amores of DICT explained they will recommend for more support for bandwidth, admitting that since putting up free public WiFi in the city, there had been more users of the Internet.
He said, hopefully in the next few months, bandwidth will increase. He also urged Internet users to share our resources meantime. It doesn't mean you connected to the Internet first, you will not disconnect anymore, he explained.
"We will do more educational campaigns, to educate our stakeholders for proper use of these facilities," he added.
Right now, active Free WiFi hotspots in the city provided by the DICT include JR Borja Hospital, City hall, University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP), Camp Alagar, Camp Evangelista Station Hospital and Misamis Oriental Provincial Capitol.
DICT assured more sites will be put up with free WiFi in the coming months.
Among their priorities include Macabalan seaport, Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) provincial hospital, increase access points for JR Borja hospital, state colleges and neighboring municipalities.
Jocelyn Penalosa, OIC-manager, East West Terminal and Public Market said this program will empower Kagay-anons and Mindanaoans a life with a better accessibility to economic, social, educational opportunities in this globally competitive world.
Internet is no longer a liability but rather of one's asset, she said.
This do not just build a bridge towards the growing digital demands but this also provide greater opportunity for Mindanao to connect itself to the world, she explained.
Simultaneous to this event is a nationwide commemorative launching for Secretary Honasan's 100 days in DICT. (JMOR/PIA10)