The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Cagayan Provincial Office provides Free Wi-Fi access and free cellphone charging services to citizens affected by the recent flooding in Cagayan and Isabela.
Said free services are offered to the public since Saturday, November 14, and are available at DICT Cagayan Provincial Office located at 2 Bagay Road, San Gabriel Village, Tuguegarao City.
DICT Cagayan has put in place measures to observe health protocols. Nonetheless, citizens are still advised to observe physical distancing to prevent further transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) amid the calamity.
“We commend DICT Cagayan for immediately responding to the need for communication amid this unprecedented disaster. The DICT will be deploying additional assistance in communication and emergency response to the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela through the Free Wi-Fi for All Program and the Government Emergency Communications System,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II.
Cagayan has already been placed under a state of calamity due to devastating floods which also caused power outage. Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba made the recommendation to declare a state of calamity on Friday, November 13, and was approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in a special session on Saturday, November 14.
The DICT has been ramping up the restoration and deployment of Free Wi-Fi in Typhoon hit and flooded areas in the Philippines to aid the national government and local government in disaster response operations and to help citizens communicate with their families and loved ones.
In addition, the DICT, through the National Telecommunications Commission, has instructed telecommunication companies, on a memorandum dated November 12, 2020, to fast track repair and restoration of telecommunication services in areas severely affected by Typhoon Ulysses.