Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has activated free Wi-fi access points in hospitals and schools around Zambales province, whose sites have been previously listed as “unserved and underserved.”
The sites where the free Wi-fi access points were launched are: President Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Hospital, Masinloc Isolation Facility, Candelaria District Hospital, San Marcelino District Hospital, and Kolehiyo ng Subic, among others.
“Our goal had always been to make Zambales a showcase for ICT initiatives by helping the province meet its connectivity demands for the new normal,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said.
He explained that Zambales is home to communities that either lie outside of commercial Internet service coverage, or those that lack sufficient ICT infrastructure to support either wired or wireless Internet connectivity.
Honasan said the rollout of Internet access sites is “very timely for the province,” as demand for Internet connectivity continues to rise given the limitations on education and employment.
He added that his group “is continuously facilitating the installation of Internet hot spots in public elementary and high schools and state universities and colleges, including the provision of technical assistance whenever necessary, in various areas across the country in line with the resumption of school activities.”
“We shall continue to move forward with the aim of accelerating ICT infrastructure buildup,” he said.
Currently, there are a total of 4,758 free Wi-fi access points nationwide.