The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and Provincial Government of Ifugao inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to strengthen their collaboration and partnership in implementing the DICT’s Free Wi-Fi for All program in the province.

DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II and Ifugao Provincial Governor Jerry U. Dalipog led the ceremonial signing at the DICT Central Office on September 22, 2021.

“Your DICT welcomes this partnership, especially given the growing demand for connectivity and the need to address the ICT needs of our citizens amid the new normal,” Secretary Honasan said.

“We commend the Province of Ifugao’s great efforts to push for digital transformation in their locality, at patuloy po tayo matutulungan sa hinaharap,” he added.

The MOA provides for the allocation of fifty (50) units of Free Wi-Fi sites to be installed in the barangay halls and public schools of identified barangays to enhance connectivity and ramp up communication links in the province.

The Free Wi-Fi rollout is a much-needed assistance for the province, since currently Ifugao has no existing fiber optics communications technology. The province also has no landline telephone network and is dependent on fixed wireless connections provided by private telecommunications companies for Internet access.

The parties to the MOA also discussed additional plans to fortify digital transformation in the province and ways to help advance the national ICT agenda through provincial partnerships.

Moreover, the Provincial Government of Ifugao received computer packages from the DICT. These computer packages would be instrumental in the enhancement of ICT skills and digital capabilities of students as they undergo online and blended learning in the new normal.

Kami po ay nagpapasalamat sa tulong ninyo, lalo na sa pagbibigay ng laptop for the use of the Ifugao people and for including us in the rollout of your Free Wi-Fi program. Ito po ay malaking tulong sa amin in our communications at sa mga bata na nag-aaral ngayong pandemic,” Governor Dalipog said.