The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Mindanao Cluster 1 (MC1) deployed multiple Free Wi-Fi sites and ICT equipment in Sulu last April 6 to 8, 2021.

This is part of the Department’s initiative to reach, connect and empower geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs) across the country.

“Your DICT stays true to its commitment to provide Internet connectivity and digital services to all Filipinos wherever they are in the country. Through the Free Wi-Fi for All and Tech4ED Programs, we aim to connect all Filipinos to the digital landscape and provide them with digital opportunities for growth and advancement in various areas,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said.

Free Wi-Fi were installed in Mindanao State University, Sulu State College, Sulu Provincial Hospital, and Camp General Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital where two wounded soldiers from an encounter against Abu Sayyaf group on the same day of the program’s launching were able to connect to their families through the government-provisioned Internet connectivity.

“Malaki po ang maitutulong ng Free Wi-fi ng DICT dahil mahina ang Internet dito sa Sulu. Magagamit namin ito sa mga teleconferencing. Salamat sa DICT sa free internet, tumaas ang morale ng ating mga kasundalohan,” Maj. Sayid C. Cedicol, Doctor & Commanding Officer of Camp Bautista Station Hospital, said.

Meanwhile, computer packages and ICT equipment were donated and installed in Mindanao State University, Sulu State College, and Barangay Bus-Bus in Jolo through the Tech4ED Program.

DICT M1, led by Regional Director Maria Teresa Camba, was accompanied by the Western Mindanao Command, through the Philippine Coast Guard BRP Bagacay, in the implementation of the said programs in Sulu.

“DICT is committed to connecting all municipalities in Sulu this year 2021,” Director Camba said.

As of April 2021, there are 19 active Free Wi-Fi hotspots in Sulu province. These are found in:

MunicipalityLocationNumber of Hotspots
1Jolo, SuluMDRRMO Jolo1
2Jolo, SuluSulu Provincial Hospital3
3Jolo, SuluSulu State College3
4Jolo, SuluMindanao State University3
5Jolo, SuluProvincial Capitol of Sulu PDRRMO3
6Parang, SuluParang District Hospital3
7Luuk, SuluLuuk District Hospital3
19 active hotspots in Sulu

Upcoming Free Wi-Fi sites in Sulu for 2021 include:

1Banguingui, SuluMunicipal Hall of Banguingui
2Panglima Tahil, SuluMunicipal Hall of Panglima Tahil
3Indanan, SuluMunicipal Hall of Indanan
4Jolo, SuluMunicipal Hall of Jolo
5Kalingalan Caluang, SuluMunicipal Hall of Kalingalan Caluang
6Lugus, SuluMunicipal Hall of Lugus
7Luuk, SuluMunicipal Hall of Luuk
8Maimbung, SuluMunicipal Hall of Maimbung
9Omar, SuluMunicipal Hall of Omar
10Panamao, SuluMunicipal Hall of Panamao
11Pandami, SuluMunicipal Hall of Pandami
12Panglima Estino, SuluMunicipal Hall of Panglima Estino
13Pangutaran, SuluMunicipal Hall of Pangutaran
14Parang, SuluMunicipal Hall of Parang
15Pata, SuluMunicipal Hall of Pata
16Patikul, SuluMunicipal Hall of Patikul
17Siasi, SuluMunicipal Hall of Siasi
18Talipao, SuluMunicipal Hall of Talipao
19Tapul, SuluMunicipal Hall of Tapul

Meanwhile, Tech4ED Centers are established in the following areas as of April 2021:

1Jolo, SuluMunicipal Library
2Jolo, SuluMindanao State University
3Jolo, SuluBrgy. Bus-Bus Tech4Ed Center
4Pandami, SuluPandami Tech4Ed Center
5Siasi, SuluSiasi Municipal HS Tech4ED Center
6Pangutaran, SuluPangutaran NHS Tech4Ed Center
7Indanan, SuluJolo Agricultural School Tech4Ed Center
8Indanan, SuluIndanan NHS – Tech4Ed Center
9Talipao, SuluTalipao NHS Tech4Ed Center
10Maimbung, SuluMaimbung Techvoc High School
11Jolo, SuluSulu State College

As of 30 March 2021, a total of 8,361 Free Wi-Fi sites were deployed nationwide. A significant number of these sites were installed during Secretary Honasan’s term as DICT chief.