DICT, Ifugao province inks agreement for free Wi-Fi rollout

Published October 3, 2021, 12:38 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

Department of Information and Communications Technology

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Provincial Government of Ifugao inked an agreement to strengthen their partnership in implementing the agency’s “Free Wi-Fi for All” program in the province.

DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II and Ifugao Provincial Governor Jerry U. Dalipog led the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at the DICT Central Office on Sept. 22.

“Your DICT welcomes this partnership, especially given the growing demand for connectivity and the need to address the ICT needs of our citizens amid the new normal,” Honasan said in a statement.

“We commend the Province of Ifugao’s great efforts to push for digital transformation in their locality, at patuloy po tayo matutulungan sa hinaharap (and we will continue to work together in the future),” he added.

The MOA provides for the allocation of 50 units of Free Wi-Fi sites to be installed in barangay halls and public schools in select areas to enhance connectivity and ramp up communication links in the province.

Moreover, the Ifugao provincial government received computer packages from the DICT, which will help enhance the ICT skills and digital capabilities of students as they undergo online and blended learning in the new normal.

“Kami ay nagpapasalamat sa tulong ninyo, lalo na sa pagbibigay ng (We are grateful for your help, especially in providing) laptop for the use of the Ifugao people and for including us in the rollout of your Free Wi-Fi program,” Dalipog said.

“Ito ay malaking tulong sa amin (This is a big help to us) in our communications at sa mga bata na nag-aaral ngayong pandemic (and to the children who are now studying amidst the pandemic),” he added.