The Department of Information and Communications Technology – Luzon Cluster 3 (LC3) restored connectivity to Rapu-Rapu Municipal Hall through its Free Wi-Fi for All program. Internet access in the said location was affected due to the typhoon that hit the region last year.

Additionally, the DICT LC3 also activated two (2) new Free Wi-Fi sites in the island located in Rapu-Rapu Municipal Health Office and Rapu-Rapu Gymnasium.

“Since the onset of the pandemic, your DICT has prioritized the provision of Internet connectivity especially in far-flung areas,” DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II said.

These cluster-initiated Free Wi-Fi activations are in support of the Municipality’s connectivity needs for encoding in the Vaccine Information Management System (VIMS), which serves as the key processing and analytics systems for COVID-19 immunization administration in the country.

The DICT expects to deploy more sites across the country this year as part of its intensified rollout of its flagship Free Wi-Fi for All Program, focusing deployments in identified geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (or GIDA sites).

With the Free Wi-Fi for All Program, the DICT aims to provide last mile connectivity and access to various public places across the country, pursuant to Republic Act 10929 or the Free Internet Access in Public Places Act.

As of April 28 of this year, the DICT has connected 8,851 live sites covering 1,109 municipalities and 125 cities in 80 provinces nationwide.

Secretary Honasan also stated that the DICT is working towards increasing the number of Free Wi-Fi live sites to 67,233 by 2022.