The strong winds and heavy rainfall brought by Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) two weeks ago had ravaged most parts of Luzon, from the southern Quezon province all the way up north at Cagayan. Left in its wake were countless homes, livelihoods, and infrastructure destroyed.
The Free Wi-Fi for All Program of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), as part of its disaster relief efforts, recently installed emergency free Wi-Fi services via Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) through the Regional Operations Office – Luzon Clusters 1 and 2 in the Island of Burdeos, Quezon and Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.
The following are the locations where emergency Free Wi-Fi has been installed:
- Burdeos City Hall – Burdeos, Quezon
- Cagayan Coliseum – Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
- Cagayan Sports Complex – Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
With power and communication lines impaired in both provinces, the availability of free Wi-Fi was crucial in aiding emergency responders and respective local government units in facilitating rescue and relief operations at these areas.
Through this initiative, residents and evacuees were also able to communicate with their loved ones outside Burdeos and Tuguegarao City and update them about their situation. The presence of Free Wi-Fi allowed access to various means of entertainment as well, a much-needed respite given the distress caused by the typhoon.
Free Wi-Fi for All remains committed in ensuring that each and every Filipino is connected, even amid calamity.