The province of Sorsogon is now 100% connected to the Free Wi-Fi for All Program of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
On 16 November 2021, the DICT launched 142 newly-activated free Wi-Fi hotspots in 48 locations, including geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs), within the province of Sorsogon. These were installed as part of the Department’s ramped up efforts in providing free and reliable internet connectivity to the public, particularly in unserved and underserved localities.
Dir. Cheryl C. Ortega, regional director of DICT Luzon Cluster 3, remarked, “As part of the government’s response measures for the containment of this COVID-19 pandemic, the Free Wi-Fi for All has provisioned VSAT [Very Small Aperture Terminal] technology in the underserved and unserved communities where internet service is at desperati, especially concentrating in the geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas.”
Beneficiaries from different sectors and government offices expressed their gratitude for the launching of free Wi-Fi sites, which would grant Sorsoganons access to global information, current events, and opportunities. This would also enable students and teachers to facilitate online classes and activities, and for the rest of the community to get in touch with their loved ones despite distance and travel restrictions. Ultimately, the free internet connectivity would allow government workers and frontliners to efficiently coordinate and share data needed for policy and decision-making.
The DICT continuously implements the Free Wi-Fi for All Program in different regions nationwide to bolster the country’s recovery and transition to the new normal. “The Free Wi-Fi for All Program is one of the three programs under the Digital Infrastructure Plan. It aims to empower Filipinos by giving them internet access for economic, social, and educational growth. It has also been instrumental in bridging the growing digital divide in the now digital world,” said DICT Undersecretary Emmanuel Rey R. Caintic.
Through this initiative, every Filipino is given a chance to connect, engage, learn, and participate in the country’s economic, social, educational, and digital progression and transformation.
As of 10 November 2021, a total of 11,475 free Wi-Fi facilities are already operational, serving Filipinos in various municipalities, cities and provinces nationwide.