The Taguig City government is offering free Internet access to bring its services closer to the people, especially when they need assistance during emergency situation and report problems concerning the community.
“The probinsyudad is connecting hundreds of thousands of its residents to the worldwide web beginning today,” said Mayor Laarni Cayetano on Friday.
Through “ConnecTaguig,” city residents will get public Wi-Fi in over 60 locations all over the city, all free of charge.
The Wi-Fi hotspots are located in 28 barangay halls, 31 health centers, three Super Health Centers and six other locations: Taguig City University, Taguig City Hall, Lakeshore Hall, Mercado Del Lago, TLC Park and the Taguig Pateros District Hospital.
“The Internet can be a great equalizer,” said Cayetano of the initiative. “We know it can truly empower our citizens if we give them access to it, and help them use it as a channel for awareness and positive change.”
ConnecTaguig will provide each device (mobile, laptop, tablet) 90 minutes of Internet access per day, the longest provided by any local government unit in the National Capital Region. All other local government units can provide only between 30 minutes and an hour of access.
“I see so many benefitting from our free and high-speed Internet. It can help netizens update authorities on accidents and crimes and connect to loved ones miles away,” said Mayor Cayetano.
“This can even help stay-at-home moms who want to start an online business, talents raring to go viral with their song covers and other content, and groups spreading their advocacies to a larger audience,” she added.
Clients at the City Hall and barangay halls can now get their social media fix while waiting for their transactions to proceed. Hotspots in Lakeshore Hall, Mercado del Lago and TLC Park can now provide added value to barkada hangouts and family dates.
Patients and visitors at Taguig-Pateros District Hospital, health centers and Super Health Centers can now freely browse the Web. Blended learning can now get a boost at the city-owned Taguig City University; students can get the chance to deepen improve research skills and update themselves on issues right on campus.