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Quezon City – DOST-ICT Office’s flagship project, the Juan Konek Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places Project, is set to begin the initial phases of implementation with the issuance of the Notice to Proceed (NTP) of the Project’s commissioned Service Providers last March 16, 2016.

Undersecretary Louis Napoleon C. Casambre stated the importance of the collective efforts of the private and public sectors as catalysts in the completion of Juan Konek, “The road to connectivity, however, is one that should not be treaded alone. Our Office recognizes that the public and private sectors each possess particular strengths, and when both parties channel their efforts towards a shared goal, the sky’s the limit to what they can accomplish.”

The commissioned Service Providers are; Innove Communications, Inc. & Yondu Inc (Joint Venture), We are IT Philippines, Inc., Converge ICT Solutions, Inc., AZ Communications Network, Inc., and Omniprime Marketing, Inc.,  PLDT Alpha and Abratique and Associates Philippines Inc.

Engr. Efren R. Abratique of Abratique & Associates Philippines, Inc. expressed their eagerness for the Free Wi-Fi Project,

“We are happy to support the government’s efforts for digital inclusion and providing Internet for all”. “The Juan Konek, Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places will go a long way in providing access to information, educational materials, e-commerce and communications for Filipinos, particularly in Rural Areas. “ Engr. Abratique said.

Prior to the ceremonial NTP signing, a Free Wi-Fi Project Steering Committee meeting was held that included members from different NGAs. Various topics were discussed about the progress of the Project, as well as the next steps over the course of the meeting.

Partners from the private sector comprising of service providers of the Juan Konek Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places Project have signed their contracts with the DOST-ICT Office. (L-R) Innove Communications Inc. Vice President for Sales and Enterprise, Dion Salvador Asencio; Abratique & Associates Chief Executive Officer, Efren Abratique; Project Manager, Enrico A. Toledo; DOST-ICT Office Undersecretary, Louis Napoleon Casambre; PLDT ALPHA Enterprise First Vice President and Head, Juan Victor Hernandez; Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Joseph P. Maddatu, and AZ Communications Network Inc. Sales Manager, George Chavez

The Juan, Konek! Free Public Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places Project was conceived and implemented to achieve the DOST-ICT Office’s vision of providing Internet for All, where No Juan is left behind. It aims to provide free broadband Internet access to 1,462 Class 1-6 municipalities, and 44 key cities nationwide.

About DOST-ICT Office – The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Sciehce and Technology is the Philippine Government’s lead agency on ICT related matters. Its primary thrusts are in the ICT Industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for all and Cybersecurity.

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