BACOLOD City – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has installed Wi-Fi connections in three municipalities in southern Negros Occidental as part of the government’s free Wi-Fi project.
Engineer Romeo Tome, team leader of DICT-Negros Occidental, said the free Wi-Fi areas are the Caningay National High School and Rural Health Unit office in Candoni town, the municipal hall of Moises Padilla, and the Antipolo National High School in Pontevedra.
Tome said they conducted the final testing of equipment recently and they are set to boost the Wi-Fi connections in these areas soon.
Five more sites will follow within the year, he added.
The free Wi-Fi project began in 2016 but the implementation was delayed due to various factors such as processing of permits and pole attachment of fiber optics, he added.
Tome said the Republic Act 10929, or the Free Internet Access in Public Places Act recently signed by President Rodrigo Duterte will now include provision of free internet connection to public access points in all 13 cities in Negros Occidental from the initial 19 municipalities only.
Also, from 251 kilobits per second (kbps), the law provides a faster internet speed of two megabits per second (mbps).
Tome said the implementation of RA 10929 will enhance communication vital in boosting socio-economic growth of Negros Occidental.
He added that better internet access will also improve the e-government portal by bringing closer various government services to the people such as processing of clearances and other documents with different agencies.
Tome further said the DICT as the implementing agency is still waiting for the implementing rules and regulations of the law. (EPN/PNA)