27 September 2019 – The City of San Juan is the pilot city for the rollout of Internet hotspots with 400 Mbps bandwidth through the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)’s Free Wi-Fi for All program.
Residents of San Juan can now avail of free Wi-Fi in hotspots in select sites for the initial phase of the rollout, covering public schools, hospitals, parks and other similar and strategic areas within the city. Three (3) of these sites are already operational at San Juan City Hall, San Juan Library, and San Juan Mini Park.
Sec. Gregorio Honasan II and San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora led the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for the collaboration and implementation of the program in the city.
“Pursuant to RA 10929 and the president’s marching order, we are strengthening our efforts in the roll-out of the program through partnerships with LGUs such as here in San Juan,” DICT Secretary Honasan said. “We are looking forward to installing more Wi-Fi sites not just here in San Juan but in many more cities and municipalities of the country in the coming years,” he added.
To demonstrate the speed of the connectivity offered by Free Wi-Fi for All, teachers from San Juan City Science High School tested the service by streaming their YouTube project.
“All public places in our barangay will have free Wi-Fi access. Our barangay halls, multi-purpose halls, basketball courts, barangay health centers and our public schools will be connected,” Mayor Zamora said.
“It is a great honor as we are the pilot city in the entire country to enjoy encompassing access to Free Wi-Fi for All,” he added.
In pursuit of R.A. 10929 or the “Free Public Internet Access Act,” the Free Wi-Fi for All Program targets to establish similar operational free Internet access sites all over the Philippines in the coming years.