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The Free Wi-Fi for All – Free Public Internet Access Program, one of the forefront initiatives of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), has been garnering local and global recognition since its rollout in 2016.

The Program was part of the Smart City EXPO World Congress 2018, joined the shortlist in the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Prizes, and the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Smart City Asia Pacific Awards also in the same year.

This 2021, the “Free Wi-Fi for All in Basilan Island Province through the Zamboanga-Basilan Broadband Network” project led by the Regional Operations Office – Mindanao Cluster 1 (MC1), along with three (3) other DICT projects under MC1, were shortlisted out of 1,270 entries submitted for WSIS 2021. WSIS serves as a platform for the ITU to celebrate projects and activities worldwide that leverage the power of information and communication technologies to advance sustainable development. 

To date, free Wi-Fi is available at thirty-four (34) sites in the Province of Basilan:

LOCALITY

LOCATION

City of Isabela

54th PNP Special Action Company

City of Isabela

Basilan General Hospital

City of Isabela

Basilan National High School Old Bldg

City of Isabela

Basilan Provincial Capitol

City of Isabela

Basilan Provincial Library

City of Isabela

Department of Education – Isabela City

City of Isabela

DICT Isabela Office

City of Isabela

Infantry Brigade 101 Headquarters

City of Isabela

Isabela City – PDRRMO

City of Isabela

Isabela City Hall

City of Isabela

Isabela City Infirmary Hall

City of Isabela

Isabela City Maritime Police

City of Isabela

Isabela City Post Office

City of Isabela

Isabela City Public Attorney’s Office

City of Isabela

Isabela PPA Port

City of Isabela

Malamawi National High School

City of Isabela

Ministry of Interior Local Government – BARMM

City of Isabela

Municipal Trial Court

City of Isabela

Office of the Bids and Awards Committee – Isabela City

City of Isabela

Office of the City Population Management and Development – Isabela City

City of Isabela

Office of the Vice Governor

City of Isabela

Parole and Probation Administration

City of Isabela

Philippine Coast Guard – Isabela City

City of Isabela

Philippine Information Agency

City of Isabela

PPA Office – Isabela City

City of Lamitan

Datu Kalun Plaza – Lamitan

City of Lamitan

Lamitan AFP Camp

City of Lamitan

Lamitan Business Center

City of Lamitan

Lamitan City Health Office

City of Lamitan

Lamitan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office

City of Lamitan

Lamitan City Hall

City of Lamitan

Lamitan Digital Hub

City of Lamitan

Lamitan Port

Maluso

Municipal Plaza of Maluso

To show your support for Free Wi-Fi for All and other nominated DICT projects, you may cast your votes via the WSIS 2021 website until 31 March 2021.  Details on mechanics are provided below. You may also visit the link for more information.

Category

Project Title

AL C2. Information and communication infrastructure

Free Wi-Fi for All in Basilan Island Province through the Zamboanga-Basilan Broadband Network 

AL C4. Capacity Building       

Enabling Teachers on Remote Teaching and Learning in the time of Pandemic (In partnership with University of the Philippines – Open University)

AL C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs

Cybersecurity Education in the Philippines in the time of Pandemic (In partnership with Digital Tayo) 

AL C7. E-government

Delivering eGovernment Services through the Zamboanga City GovNet

To vote:

  1. Register or create a new account through http://bit.ly/wsisvotenow
  2. Confirm registration via email by clicking on the redirection link to log in,
  3. Once logged in, select Prizes on the Menu or type this in the browser: https://bit.ly/WSIS2021vote
  4. Click Voting Form, select Category & Projects, and look for the projects mentioned above under their respective categories.
  5. To check if your vote was recorded, review votes currently cast under “My Votes”. Voting for all categories is encouraged but not required.

Each vote cast is an expression of support for the building of a globally-competitive Philippines one public place at a time. Vote now!

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