30 June 2020 – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) concludes this year’s National ICT Month celebration with the launching of twenty (20) Wi-Fi sites in strategic areas of Isabela and Lamitan in Basilan. The launching was led by DICT Mindanao Cluster 1 (MC1) through the Free Wi-Fi for All Program. 

The DICT is positive that the provision of free Internet to the province of Basilan will benefit the province and its citizens during and beyond the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.  

“Your DICT further accelerates the roll-out of free Wi-Fi sites to reach the remotest areas of the country, promoting the use of ICT for the enhancement of key public services such as education, public health and safety, revenue generation and socio-civic purposes- all for the goal of inclusive national growth,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said during the virtual launch.  

Complementing the Free Wi-Fi for All Program, the DICT MC1 also launched the Wireless Broadband Link from the DICT Zamboanga City Office to Isabela and Lamitan. The DICT MC1 built a tower in each city and installed these with IP radios to receive the bandwidth coming from Zamboanga.

Basilan Governor Jim S. Hataman-Salliman expressed his gratitude to the DICT for providing free Internet to the province, especially at present as the country continues to battle COVID-19.

“The advent of cellphones and Internet Service Providers somewhat helped us recuperate from the very limited access to communications services. However, the current status of the Internet in the province is weak, thereby depriving much of the municipalities of these services,” he explained.

“With the ongoing pandemic, the need for stronger Internet connection is seen as necessary for the province in order to cope with the fast-paced exchanges of information related to COVID-19, and the online teaching approach of the Department of Education. The Zamboanga–Basilan Broadband Link of the DICT and the Free Wi-Fi is a welcome relief for us here in Basilan, particularly in the cities of Isabela and Lamitan,” he added.

DICT Mindanao Cluster 1 Regional Director Maria Teresa M. Camba said that MC1 plans to deploy more Wi-Fi sites in Basilan in the coming months.

“There is so much more we can do now that the infrastructure and office are in place. We will continue to work with the Local Government Units, ICT councils, and other partners for a connected and digitally empowered Basileños,” she added.  

The following sites are now Wi-Fi connected.

  1. DICT Basilan Provincial Office
  2. Basilan National High School
  3. Basilan Provincial Capitol
  4. Basilan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office
  5. Basilan Provincial Library
  6. Infantry Brigade101 Headquarters, Isabela City
  7. Isabela City Hall
  8. Isabela City Maritime Police
  9. Isabela City Port
  10. Isabela City Post Office
  11. Malamawi National High School
  12. 18th Infantry Battalion, Armed Forces of the Philippines Camp, Lamitan City
  13. Business Center, Lamitan City
  14. Datu Kalun Plaza, Lamitan City
  15. Digital Hub, Lamitan City
  16. Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Lamitan City
  17. Lamitan City Hall
  18. Lamitan City Health Office
  19. Lamitan City Port
  20. Lamitan City Infirmary