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JK’s first municipality experiences Free Wi-Fi Connectivity

Anao, Tarlac – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), led by the National ICT Competency Management (NCM) service, recently conducted the Juan, Konek! Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places Project – User’s Training event in the municipality of Anao, Tarlac last June 23.

Teaching about Connectivity

The Juan, Konek! Users Training was done in two sessions – one in the morning, and another in the afternoon. Both sessions saw teachers, day care workers, Local Government Unit (LGU) employees, senior citizens, and students from the Tarlac municipality being educated about Juan, Konek! and how it can digitally empower the citizens of Anao, especially in the context of today’s information age where internet connectivity has become a necessity.

Among the attendees were Anao Mayor Edgardo S. Felipe and Luzon Cluster 2 Director Cheryl Ortega. In his welcome remarks, Mayor Felipe thanked the DICT for conducting the Users Training in the municipality, and expressed his hope that all participants would take away many key insights from the training event. Director Ortega, meanwhile, emphasized the importance of ICT in one’s day to day life, and how it is important that such innovations are utilized effectively by being responsible and well-informed users.

“ICT changes our lives. This has been evident in the cities and other urban areas where fathers and mothers do not need to leave home and go overseas to get jobs and provide for their families. For them, knowledge is the key to find better opportunities. With Juan, Konek! we know have the capability to access information found in the internet and use it to make our lives better.”

Following Director Ortega’s welcome remarks, the event commenced with members of the NCM leading the module on the Juan, Konek! Free Wi-FI Internet Access in Public Places Project – Users Training with a brief backgrounder of the Project and what it is about. A presentation on how to access the internet using the JK Captive Portal soon followed, which was supplemented by a live demonstration so that participants may ask questions about the connection process in real-time.

An NCM representative explains how to connect using the “Registered Access” to the participants of the Juan, Konek! of Anao, Tarlac

Focus group discussions were then held after each session’s itinerary has been cleared off in order to gauge the community’s reception of the training workshop. The participants provided valuable insights on their experience during the event, and how the Project will benefit their community. As one participant said:

“Maganda po saka makakatulong po talaga ito sa mga estudyante kasi malapit po yung pinagpatayuan po sa school. Kaya maganda po yun para sa kanila saka samin na rin. Facebook facebook kapag may time.”
Anao, Tarlac is among the first roster of beneficiary sites to be served by the DICT’s Juan, Konek! Free Wi-Fi Access in Public Places Project, which aims to bridge the Digital Divide by providing internet connectivity to 668 Class 3 to 6 municipalities nationwide and 160 NGAS, LGUs, schools, and hospitals in the National Capital Region by the end of 2016.

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