The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) installed Free Wi-Fi and Government Emergency Communications System in the island of Burdeos in Quezon Province last November 14.

This is part of the Department’s disaster response initiatives in areas ravaged by Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses.

Through the request of Governor Danny Suarez, the DICT installed Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite in Burdeos Municipal Hall to provide Internet connectivity, which, according to Governor Suarez, has helped citizens in Burdeos contact their families and loved ones online for free.

The provisioned Internet connectivity also allowed Governor Suarez to talk to Burdeos Mayor Freddie Aman to discuss the situation in the island.

The equipment used were transported to Burdeos through the help of the Philippine Air Force. 

In the last two weeks, the DICT was able to restore and provide additional Free Wi-Fi in typhoon-hit and flooded areas across the country, including Catanduanes, Albay, Cagayan and Quezon, among others.

“Communication is one of the most important things during a disaster. Communication do not just allow citizens to contact their families and loved ones to inform them of their situation, but also help authorities and emergency responders in data gathering and site assessment, which will then provide the needed basis for effective decision making and execution,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II.

“Recognizing this, the DICT continues to provide assistance to areas severely affected by the recent calamities to help both the national and local government units in disaster response,” he added.