DICT OIC Eliseo M. Rio Jr. (right) had a short chat with one of Marawi hero soldiers currently recovering at the Heroes’ Wards of V. Luna General Hospital.

Three days before 2017 ends, Department of Information and Communications Technology OIC and Undersecretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. made sure to pay tribute to his former brothers in the military after visiting the Heroes’ Ward of the V. Luna General Hospital in Quezon City.

The DICT interim chief, who is also a retired Brigadier General of AFP, personally thanked the service and sacrifice of the 42 injured soldiers in the area.

But it was not just an ordinary visit as Rio, together with Assistant Secretary for Infostructure Management Bureau and Special Concerns Alan A. Silor, also delivered the good news of installing a new access point of Pipol Konek in the hospital for the benefit of the injured soldiers who fought for the liberation of Marawi.

Through Pipol Konek, one major project of the Department that aims to install free Wi-Fi in public places, Rio said at least the courageous heroes of Marawi can feel the festive mood of Christmas and New Year by connecting to their families via a free and high-speed Internet.

DICT Asec. Alan A. Silor (leftmost) and OIC Rio consulting First Sergeant Martin Adangna, the hospital’s administrator for Information Systems, on how the Pipol Konek can still be improved for the benefit of the Heroes’ Ward patients.

Connecting our gallant heroes to their families is at the heart of Pipol Konek’s mission. As of December 22, 2017, 403 hospitals, including the V. Luna General Hospital, have already been benefitting to the DICT’s free Wi-Fi project. 

The additional access point will boost the capacity of Pipol Konek in the vicinity that will allow the patients to communicate with their loved ones as long as they want.“Ito yung mga sundalo na lumaban sa Marawi, ito yung konting tulong natin sa kanila kasi Pasko, New Year, at ang pamilya nila nasa malayo, halos nasa Mindanao lahat,” said Rio.

“So ngayon nakakapagusap sila, ito yung binigay nating konting pasalubong o regalo sa kanila,” he added.

The V. Luna General Hospital location is one of the 403 hospitals and health centers, and 1,035 total sites with Pipol Konek live access, as of December 22, 2017.

Silor, meanwhile, vowed for the continuous monitoring and improvement of the Pipol Konek in the area as well as further expand the service nationwide by 2018.

First Sergeant Martin Adangna, the administrator of Information Systems Unit of the hospital, accompanied the DICT officials during their visit.