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Lipa City, Batangas—Juan, Konek!  Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places Project launched its proof-of-concept site at Lipa City National High School as part of its next stages of development. In attendance was Senator Ralph Recto, Governor Vilma Santos-Recto, Secretary Mario Montejo of DOST, and Undersecretary Louis Napoleon Casambre of DOST-ICT Office.

Secretary Montejo of DOST stresses the importance of digital empowerment at Lipa City National High School

“With the ever quickening pace of the internet taking command over every known human activity by the minute – We feel it is now or never,” Secretary Montejo stated.

Warmly accepted by the Lipeños, Sec. Montejo introduced the project to the students and the community of Lipa. In his speech, the DOST secretary projects the outcome of Juan, Konek! to be similar in DOST-ICT Office’s earlier venture, the TV Whitespace Project. “By providing internet access at different communities in Bohol, we were able to support public schools at the grassroots level; with teachers reporting improved performance from their students, and civilians within the service area improving their businesses. We envision the same results for Lipa as we launch the four sites.”

Sen. Ralph Recto delivers a speech on how connectivity and education go together

Senator Recto stressed the importance of education in relation to connectivity, saying: “Ang edukasyon ang solusyon sa kahirapan….Hindi maaari na ang mayaman, may access sa internet, at ang mahirap, wala. Sinusubukan nating paliitin ang agwat ng mahirap at mayaman sa edukasyon. We are narrowing the Digital Divide. We are developing our schools to be ready for the 22nd century.”

Batangas is the 6th recipient of the Juan, Konek! (Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places) Project nationwide.

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