The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) continues to address the problem of intermittent signal in Looc, Occidental Mindoro through the activation of Free Wi-Fi for All sites in various localities, especially Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs).

“Your DICT commits to continue our intensified efforts to meet the country’s increased need for better and more reliable connectivity. As the country gradually reopens, we hope to establish inclusive connectivity to ensure that Filipinos can benefit from the opportunities in the recovering Philippine economy,” DICT Acting Secretary Emmanuel Rey Caintic said.

Ambil Island in Looc is one of these GIDA barangays which was provided connectivity through Free Wi-Fi. Locations with live sites in Ambil Island, Looc include: (1) Tambo Elementary School, (2) Ambil Barangay Hall, (3) Ambil Plaza, and (4) Ambil Basketball Court.

Due to its remote geographic landscape, the residents of Ambil had to rely on ingenuity to connect to the Internet. Residents were known to place their mobile phones on top of bamboo poles to get a connection for school, work or communication with loved ones. Others had to go uphill or walk to distant shorelines just to acquire connectivity.

In accordance with Republic Act 10929, otherwise known as the “Free Internet Access in Public Places Act”, the DICT covers the installation of free internet access in public places and aims to accelerate the government’s efforts in enhancing Internet accessibility to bridge the growing Digital Divide. Public places include plazas, schools, Rural Health Units (RHUs), transport terminals, airports, seaports, hospitals, and community quarantine sites among others.

For a complete rundown of existing live sites, visit freepublicwifi.gov.ph or the Free Wi-Fi for All Facebook page for updates.