The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), through its Luzon Cluster 1, installed Free Wi-Fi equipment in Mayoyao, Ifugao to address the issue of slow and unreliable Internet connectivity in the municipality.

“Our primary objective this year is to provide fast, reliable and secure internet all over the Philippine archipelago, so we are focusing on speeding up infrastructure buildup through our digital connectivity programs to address the increasing demand for connectivity,” DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II said.

The equipment was installed at the rooftop of the Barangay Affairs Office to serve as an access point to the incoming broadband connection in order to enhance connectivity in all the 27 barangays of the municipality.

The installation was facilitated by Ifugao Provincial Officer Donald Trinidad together with Municipal Accountant Peter Lahina, Jr. and the installing service contractor last April 12, 2021.

Sites with internet access are located at the municipal hall where the Tech4Ed Center is installed, along with the Rural Health Unit and public market. The initiative hopes to boost connectivity in these strategic spots through the installation of the equipment for broadband connection.

According to the speed test conducted, the constituents may now enjoy an Internet speed of up to 11 Mbps download and upload range.

The Free Wi-Fi for All Program is among the DICT’s flagship programs that aims to provide free internet access in public places nationwide, pursuant to Republic Act 10929 also known as the Free Internet Access in Public Places Act.

The DICT had been ramping up the deployment of sites across the country, particularly in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA).

As of April 28 this year, the DICT has deployed a total of 8,851 Free Wi-Fi sites nationwide. A significant number of these sites were installed during Secretary Honasan’s term as DICT chief.