To address the growing demands of the digital economy, the Philippine government, through the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), has been continuously implementing the Free Wi-Fi for All Program nationwide, with focus on geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs).
On 22 and 23 November 2021, newly established Free Wi-Fi sites were formally launched in different public locations across the provinces of Albay and Palawan to offer free internet connectivity, providing the locals access to a wider range of information and services.
Seventy-two (72) new sites were installed in 30 locations within Palawan, while 121 sites were established in 36 different locations across Albay. These free internet facilities were placed in selected public areas such as municipal halls, rural health units (RHUs), public educational institutions, plazas, public parks, city libraries, and state universities and colleges (SUCs) to enable government workers, teachers, students, and the rest of the population to harness the advantages brought about by digitalization.
Beneficiaries of the Program expressed their appreciation for the DICT’s ceaseless efforts to support the country’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and empower Filipinos through free and accessible internet.
“The DICT is focused on strengthening and expanding the Free Wi-Fi for All Program. We are partnering with local government units (LGUS) to expedite the process and rollout of free Wi-Fi sites in various areas in the country. We are one step closer to strengthening internet connectivity and access […] during these challenging times where access to the internet has become one of the most valuable resources,” DICT Undersecretary Jose Arturo De Castro said during the Palawan launching.
With more and more regions connected through the Free Wi-Fi for All Program, Filipinos in every part of the country will be given the chance to participate and thrive in the ever-advancing digital world.