The Department of Information and Communications Technology is teaming up with the government of Zambales to provide free access points in the province the Free Wi-Fi for All program.
“We intend to make Zambales a showcase for ICT initiatives of the Department of Information and Communications Technology for many reasons, such as security, development of our local government units, our objective of uniting our country, and our vision to promote lasting peace and prosperity,” said DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan.
DICT Undersecretary for Legal Affairs, Policy, Planning and Finance Jose Arturo De Castro stressed the importance of the Free Wi-Fi for All Program in the government’s effort to empower the Filipino people in the digital age.
“Each and every citizen, regardless of where he or she is in the region, will be empowered not just for education but opportunities for work because of the connectivity that the government will bring through the Free Wi-Fi for All program,” De Castro added.
“It is hoped that with the signing of this Memorandum of Agreement, the framework of continuing support and mutual cooperation between the province of Zambales and the DICT will be maintained,” he said.
The MOA with the provincial government of Zambales includes the cooperation and collaboration on other projects on ICT connectivity, ICT governance, and ICT training programs, among others.
In March last year, the DICT and United Nations Development Program signed a project document to speed up the rollout of hotspots, with the goal of providing internet services to up to 6,000 target sites.
DICT also signed a entered memorandum of understanding with the National Electrification Administration and Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association Inc. to help the government establish more provincial points-of-presence with the help of rural electric cooperatives.