The administration of Pres. Rody Duterte is planning to set up 100,000 Wi-Fi sites in the Philippines through the allocation of around P3 billion for the 10-year internet project. The project aims to address the poor internet access and connectivity in the country.

Based upon the 2016 data from the United Nations Broadband Commission for Development (UNBCD), only less then three of every ten homes (28.3%) have internet access. The Philippines also ranked 64th among 138 countries in terms of the number of household connected to the internet.

Aside from the data gathered by UNBCD, data from Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) show that during the year 2015 the country had 20.98 million households.

In an interview with the media, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Usec. Jorge Sarmiento said that Wi-Fi sites will set up in public places.

Some of the areas where public Wi-Fi's will be set up includes public park or plaza, local government unit areas, health centers, and seaports. The DICT aimed to cover all municipalities in the Philippines.

The Duterte administration also noted that they plan to give free Wi-Fi to all public high schools in the Philippines.

The DICT also noted that they are now fast-tracking the Free Wi-Fi projects nationwide as the plan for the national broadband program has already been approved by no less than Pres. Rody Duterte.

Source: GMA News

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