More than half of the municipalities in the province of Camarines Sur now have free Wi-Fi Internet access in its public places through Pipol Konek, Gov. Migz Villafuerte announced on Wednesday, 23 May 2018.
With hotspots installed in the its 19 municipalities, Camarines Sur is now the province with the highest number of towns connected to the Internet provided by the DICT.
Pipol Konek, the Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places Project, is one of the main initiatives of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). As the name suggests, it aims to provide free Internet connectivity in public places such as public schools, hospitals, libraries, parks, and transport hubs.
“We aim to reach out those in the unserved and underserved areas in the country,” Project Manager Eric Toledo said. The Department prioritizes the Class 3 to 6 municipalities, followed by Class 1 to 2 municipalities and the cities, he added.
Since its official roll-out in 2016, Pipol Konek now has a total of 1,347 hotspots nationwide. With this, Filipinos can take advantage and now gain free access to the Internet while on the go at anytime of the day, allowing opportunities for online education, knowledge management, and careers that are beneficial both for the citizens and our national growth.
And due to its strong efforts for societal development, Pipol Konek is being recognized internationally. It was one of the finalists in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS 2018) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in February. Just recently, it is also nominated in the International Data Corporation’s Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA) 2018, an Asia Pacific-wide competition which recognizes initiatives that employ ICT in the development of smarter and more digitally empowered locales across the region. To know more about the nomination, visit http://www.idc.asia/idcscapa/default.asp.