‘Free’ Wi-Fi aids CDO barangays in increasing productivity.
CITY OF CAGAYAN DE ORO – Because of free access to the Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) network, four barangay leaders have seen increased work productivity and improved public service.
Lapasan Barangay Chairperson Julito Ogsimer said in a statement Wednesday that his barangay was one of the beneficiaries of Smart Communications Inc.’s Wi-Fi initiative, which also formed a retail relationship that provides new sources of livelihood for the communities.
The public Wi-Fi service, according to Barangay Tablon Chairperson Billy Kid Auza, assists barangay workers and residents with online transactions, as well as students with distance learning.
Tablon’s Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation Program Manager, Jericho Balbuena, stated it helped speed up their job.
He explained, “We can easily do research and send out results to our stakeholders.”
The village’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak is aided by a free internet connection in Barangay Gusa.
It assisted them with contact tracing and other activities to limit the impact of the pandemic, according to Jose Victor Espiritu of the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT).
The free Wi-Fi, according to Antonio Glema, secretary of Barangay Bulua, assisted in sending out announcements such as the National ID registration for locals.
The city’s free Wi-Fi will be expanded to include public terminals and markets, as well as essential government offices.
‘Repeaters’ are confiscated.
Globe Telecom and the Bangsamoro Telecommunications Commission (BTC) cooperated in a “scanning action” in Lanao del Sur in February, which resulted in the removal of more than 50 unlawful repeaters with the support of the police and military.
A signal booster, also known as a repeater, is a device that amplifies the signal from a cell tower. It receives, amplifies, and rebroadcasts a signal within a defined area.
Illegal signal boosters and repeaters, according to Globe general counsel Froilan Castelo, nullify telecommunication companies’ attempts to increase their capabilities and connectivity through enormous infrastructure investments.
“We are putting forth a lot of work to make our customers’ mobile and internet experiences more delightful, especially in these times when connectivity is a need in every Filipino household.” “However, if people continue to use unlawful repeaters and damage the network, our network expansion and improvement will be for naught,” Castelo said in a statement.
Globe met with BTC Commissioner Muhammad Ameen Abbas prior to the operations to discuss the widespread use of unauthorized boosters in the region.
Both parties committed to educate, discourage, and deter people from purchasing and using the equipment. In addition, a task group was formed to oversee the work.
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