20 January 2020 – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is set to provide free Internet access points in the province of Zambales through the Free Wi-Fi for All program.

Through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II and Zambales Governor Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr.  formalized the commitment of both parties to carry out the implementation of the program in the province.

“We intend to make Zambales a showcase for ICT initiatives of the Department of Information and Communications Technology for many reasons, such as security, development of our local government units, our objective of uniting our country, and our vision to promote lasting peace and prosperity,” Honasan explained.

DICT Undersecretary for Legal Affairs, Policy, Planning and Finance Jose Arturo C. De Castro highlighted the importance of the Free Wi-Fi for All Program in the government’s effort to empower the Filipino people in the digital age.

“Each and every citizen, regardless of where he or she is in the region, will be empowered not just for education but opportunities for work because of the connectivity that the government will bring through the Free Wi-Fi for All program,” De Castro added.

The MOA also includes the cooperation and collaboration on other projects on ICT connectivity, ICT governance, and ICT training programs, among others.  

Ebdane gave his full support to the DICT and added that the partnership will open up many opportunities for Zambales to explore and take advantage of the many potentials of ICT for growth and prosperity.

“It is hoped that with the signing of this Memorandum of Agreement, the framework of continuing support and mutual cooperation between the province of Zambales and the DICT will be maintained,” De Castro said.