Thursday, January 24, 2019

Cebu City beneficiary of free wifi project

CEBU City has been chosen by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as one of the 967 beneficiaries of the agency’s P1.4-billion free Wifi Internet access in public places all over the country.

In his letter to Mayor Michael Rama, DOST’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Office executive director Undersecretary Louis Napoleon Casambre asked for the City Government’s support for the project.

Casambre wants the City to allow them to conduct site inspection and installation works.

“This project aims to provide Internet access to people across the country to enhance communication and stimulate socio-economic growth for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao,” Casambre said.

He said the free wifi program will cover plazas, parks, libraries, hospitals, rural health units, public high schools, state universities and colleges, transportation terminals, local government units, national government agencies and other public areas.

The letter did not state what specific area in the city the free wifi will be installed.

City Administrator Lucelle Mercado said this will probably be known within the month since a team from DOST will be coming to the city to conduct site inspection and installation works.

Last July 24, Casambre said, the ICT, the Department of Interior and Local Government and the League of Cities and Municipalities signed a memorandum of understanding for the project.

Providing free internet access in public places, Casambre said, is in line with the National Government’s “Internet for All” campaign under the Philippine Digital Strategy of 2011 to 2016.

The budget for the implementation of the program will be taken from the 2015 budget of the National Government.

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