THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has earmarked P7.7 billion in its proposed 2021 budget for the implementation of the Free Wi-Fi for all in public places and state universities and colleges (SUCs) program to usher in the education sector under the new normal.
DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II said the budget will be utilized to reach the department’s target to establish 23,100 live sites by the end of 2021.
“We are aiming to provide every public school and SUC with free Internet connectivity and access to help our students and teachers adapt to the new normal in the education sector,” Honasan said, in a statement.
The DICT plans to deploy the most number of sites in public education institutions.
Some 10,300 sites will be deployed in public schools while 1,804 sites will be deployed in SUCs and Tesda institutions.
Of the planned 23,100 sites, the DICT targets to install 5,644 sites in national and local government offices, 3,300 sites in government hospitals and rural health units, 1,505 sites in public parks, plazas and other open areas, 368 sites in public libraries and 179 sites in transport terminals.
As of June 30, 2020, some 4,248 live sites have been installed and are operational under the Free Wi-Fi for All Program. More than 400 of these hotspots are installed in government hospitals and rural health units.(JOB)