The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), through its Luzon Cluster 2, activated Free Wi-Fi access points at the new Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Temporary Treatment & Monitoring Facility in Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales.

“With the nationwide public health emergency, your DICT is providing all the necessary assistance to the national government through the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infections Diseases (IATF-MEID). These include the provision of Internet connectivity and access to COVID-19 quarantine and treatment facility as well as in vaccination centers nationwide,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said.

“The government-provisioned Internet connectivity and access to these facilities will help Patients Under Investigation (PUI) and Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) to communicate with their family, friends and loved ones online during these difficult times,” he added.

The installation of Free Wi-Fi in the COVID-19 Temporary Treatment & Monitoring Facility in Subic Bay Freeport Zone, which can accommodate up to 300 asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients, is in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) and various government agencies.

DICT Assistant Secretary Kristoffer L. Tiansay joined the inauguration. He reiterated the DICT’s commitment to continuously provide Internet connectivity and access in COVID-19 Vaccination Sites, Isolation and Quarantine Facilities.

As of April March 30 this year, there are 8,361 active Free Wi-Fi sites across the country, many of which were deployed in Secretary Honasan’s term.