THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will launch on Tuesday 20 free WiFi sites in Basilan to provide Internet access to the province’s residents.
DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said the free WiFi spots, to be deployed in Isabela and Lamitan in Basilan, will also “promote the use of ICT to improve delivery of critical government services, and provide a lower entry barrier for new Internet users, among others.”
WiFi spots will be lighted in different public areas such as provincial offices, high schools, libraries, military compounds, ports, post offices, maritime offices, city halls, health facilities, and digital hubs, among others.
“We cannot emphasize further the importance of connectivity and access, especially amid the health crisis we are in. It has become the lifeblood of our society, providing a sense of normalcy in our lives. And with that, it is your DICT’s duty to ensure the whole country are afforded this right, including the remotest part of the country. It is our duty to ensure the country safely transition to the new normal,” Honasan said.
The DICT started deploying the WiFi spots in December 2019, when a backhaul link from Zamboanga City was installed to connect Isabela City in Basilan. The same was done in Lamitan City the following month.