New Free Wi-Fi hotspots were activated by the Department of Information and Communication Technology’s Mindanao Cluster 1 (DICT MC1) in the remote islands of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

“Ever since I assumed office as Secretary of your Department of Information and Communications Technology in 2019, my priority had been to establish Free Wi-Fi sites in as many public offices and areas in the country as possible,” Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said.

“Now, we are glad to announce that with this recent deployment, all 81 provinces of the Philippines are now connected to Free Wi-Fi,” he added.

This is the first time that locations in Sulu were connected to the program.

DICT MC1 connected Parang District Hospital and Mindanao State University in Sulu; whereas Bongao Municipal Town Hall, Tawi-Tawi Provincial Capitol, and Mindanao State University (Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography) were connected for Tawi-Tawi.

“Through Free Wi-Fi, we want to reach places where there is minimal to no fiber and tower. Thus, we are currently carrying out Free Wi-Fi installation to target more geographically isolated and disadvantaged sites through the use of very small aperture terminal or VSAT Satellite,” Honasan stated.

As of March 3, 2021, the DICT was able to launch 8,145 sites in various national government agencies, hospitals, public schools, state universities and colleges, airports and terminals, and other public places nationwide.

For a list of Free Wi-Fi live sites, visit https://freepublicwifi.gov.ph/livehotspots/.