Like to hang out in public places but have limited to no Internet access outside home? Well you’re in luck.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is starting to setup the first of 100,000 free Wi-Fi spots in various public places all over the country.
DICT Undersecretary Jorge Sarmiento told GMA News Online that the provinces are the priority but most public places in the Metro will also benefit from the P3-billion government project.
“Sa mga park, plaza sa mga local government unit areas, health centers, pier ang lalagyan ng free public Wi-Fi...we are aiming to cover all municipalities in the country,” he said.
Sarmiento added that all public schools will also be equipped with free Wi-Fi to allow the students and faculty to access the internet.
Meanwhile, DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima believes this government initiative will lead to an overall better internet experience for the nation.
“This will also help decongest, and in so decongesting, make possible a faster internet speed,” he said.
The government’s free Wi-Fi project comes after President Rodrigo Duterte approved the national broadband program this week.
Last year, the Philippines ranked only as the 64th of 138th countries when it comes to households with internet access.
This was based on data from the United Nations Broadband Commission for Development which showed that only 28 percent of Philippine households had internet. This translates to roughly three out of every ten homes.
This leaves us lagging behind other countries like Jamaica, Sudan, Uzbekistan and Asian neighbor Indonesia. The top country with the best internet access is South Korea with over 98 percent of their households having stable internet connections.