Part of its efforts to reach and connect the remotest areas in the country, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has recently provided free Internet connectivity and access to an isolated barangay in Laguna through the Free Wi-Fi for All Program.

“Your DICT is doing its best to identify areas in the country where Internet connectivity and access is greatly needed. We are also strengthening our partnership with local government units for the faster and more efficient roll-out of our Free Wi-Fi for All Program,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said.

The Department installed very small aperture technology (VSAT) with three access points in Barangay Bayate, Liliw, Laguna. The residents can now enjoy 25 megabit per second (mpbs) Internet connection which they can maximize for information and entertainment, among others. For students, the government-provisioned Internet connectivity and access is a big help in their transition to the new normal in the education sector.  

Barangay Bayate is one among the geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAS) that the DICT were able to reach and connect. Just recently, the DICT, through its regional clusters, deployed Free Wi-Fi in Pag-Asa Island in Palawan, Sulu, Mapun and Turtle Islands in Tawi-Tawi, and Batanes, among others.

“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive for your DICT is to connect the government to other government, domestic and global; government to businesses; government to citizens and everybody to each other. And we must do this in a faster, cheaper if not free, and in a more secure manner. With the ongoing pandemic, we are ramping up our connectivity programs – the Free Wi-Fi for All Program included – to help all Filipinos, wherever they are in the country, transition to the new normal,” Secretary Honasan II explained.

As of 30 March 2021, a total of 8,361 Free Wi-Fi sites were deployed nationwide. More than half of sites were deployed and activated during Secretary Honasan’s term as DICT chief.