In line with its connect, connect, connect initiative, the DICT recently activated Free Wi-Fi sites in Pag-asa Island Elementary School, Pag-asa Island Barangay Hall, Pag-asa Island Basketball Court and Local Government Unit (LGU) of Kalayaan Tech4ED Center.

“Your DICT aims to reach and connect remote and far-flung communities in the country, such as the Municipality of Kalayaan, as part of our goal to foster inclusive growth and development in the country through ICT,” DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II said.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology Luzon Cluster 3 (DICT LC3) is optimistic that the deployment of Free Wi-Fi sites and establishment of Technology for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (Tech4Ed) Center last April will help bridge the digital gap in Kalayaan, Palawan. “Not only did we aim to provide hubs for isolated communities to utilize the units donated by the DICT for ICT growth and literacy strengthening, we also wanted to equip them with access to the Internet, especially that today, more than ever, Internet has become a necessity for individual, social and economic growth”, said DICT LC3 Regional Director Cheryl C. Ortega.

DICT LC3 said the success of the initiative is now gradually being felt by the beneficiaries. A teacher at Pag-asa Island Elementary School expressed her gratitude to the DICT for the government-provisioned Internet connectivity and for the free ICT equipment provided.

“Napakagandang project po ang binigay ninyo lalo na para sa mga estudyante namin sa Pag-asa Elementary School. Ngayon ay nakaka-access na sila sa Internet na dati ay hirap na hirap kami. Dati ay kailangan pa naming umakyat ng evacuation (center) para lang makakuha ng signal. Thankful kami kasi meron din kaming libreng laptops na di lang para sa estudyante, pati na rin sa mga magulang. Natututo sila sa kompyuter at sa pag-gamit ng Internet,” she said.

DICT LC3 said it will continue to strengthen its partnership with the Municipality of Kalayaan for the implementation of other DICT programs and initiatives.

As of April 28 this year, there are 8,851 sites deployed nationwide. A significant number of these sites were installed during Secretary Honasan’s term as DICT chief.