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On Saturday, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. stated that his administration would try its hardest to ensure that there would be free internet access in all remote locations.
According to a statement from Undersecretary Cheloy Garafil, an officer in charge of the Office of the Press Secretary, Marcos made the vow during his unexpected presence at the “Online Kamustahan” hosted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) (OPS).
Marcos oversaw the “BroadBand ng Masa Program’s” (BBMP) statewide virtual rollout on Christmas Eve by offering free internet access to children and instructors from geographically isolated and disadvantaged regions (GIDAs).
The BBMP will be implemented in all isolated islands, particularly those without access to mobile cellular networks, Marcos stated during the online gathering.
“That is the most kailangan, ‘yung mga malalayo. Para sa kanilang eskwela, lalo na ‘yung mga bata. Buti na lang, maraming bagong teknolohiya na pwedeng gamitin, na (People from rural locations need this [free internet services], particularly the kids for their education. It’s encouraging to know that we are fully utilizing new technologies, according to Marcos, who was quoted by the OPS.
According to Marcos, the adoption of digital technologies will enhance connection and public services.
“Para naman, makakaramdam tayo ng connectivity, wherever you are in the Philippines. At napaka-importante na ngayon niyan, he declared, “so that we may feel the connectivity throughout the Philippines.
According to Garafil, Marcos also used the opportunity to speak with the online event’s participants, including those from the isolated Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea.
As soon as Marcos joined the “Online Kamustahan,” Garafil claimed that attendees were “thrilled.”
The Armenia Elementary School in Uson, Masbate, Bandera Elementary School in the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte, Amai Pakpak Central Elementary School in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, Dioryong Integrated School in Nagtipunan, Quirino province, Villa Espina Elementary School in Lopez, Quezon, and Landang Laum Elementary School in Zamboanga City were among the other participants in the virtual event.
Ivan John Uy, the secretary of the DICT, stated that the initiative fosters a “direct connection” between GIDAs and the government.
Uy stated, “We will step up our efforts to provide Internet access to more [remote places] and gagawin ho nating mas marami ang koneksyon.”
The Free Wi-Fi for All Program’s execution is one of the government’s successes in enhancing connectivity, according to the DICT.
In addition to the 4,129 sites already in operation, 628 new ones were created as part of the program.
Currently, there are 4,757 Wi-Fi locations nationwide.
The government’s free internet services are available to 100,000 families, or at least 2.1 million unique users.
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