DICT Secretary Gregorio b. Honasan II and Pangasinan Provincial Governor Amado I. Espino show the signed agreement for the implementation of the Free Wi-Fi for All Program and the construction of the Pangasinan Provincial Broadband Network and the Manaoag Municipal Broadband Network as mandated by the National Broadband Program on December 4, 2020.
By Glen S. Ramos / Benjamin F. Cuaresma
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the Province of Pangasinan and the Municipality of Manaoag yesterday (Friday) signed an agreement for the implementation of the Free Wi-Fi for All Program and the construction of the Pangasinan Provincial Broadband Network and the Manaoag Municipal Broadband Network.
The initiative is in line with the first phase of the National Broadband Program (NBP) which will link provinces with established provincial broadband networks to the national fiber backbone.
When activated, the provincial broadband networks will be linked and the corresponding government units can avail of the benefits of the NBP.
Similar agreements were also secured with other local government units including Baguio City, Zambales Province, and Negros Occidental.
The NBP is a major component of the DICT’s Connect-Connect-Connect initiative, which aims to improve telecommunications and Internet services in the country.
According to DICT Secretary Gregorio P. Honasan II, there are two stages in the implementation of the NBP project. “Phase 1 of the NBP shall cover various provinces in Luzon and areas of the National Capital Region, whereas the 2nd phase aims to cover the whole country over the next two years, especially in areas that are remote, inaccessible, and considered unprofitable by the private sector.”
“Unang una, ang marching orders galing sa ating mahal na Pangulo ay connectivity. Sabi niya, ‘you must connect government to other governments, domestic and global, connect government to business, para lumago ang ekonomiya natin; connect government to the citizens, yung ating mga mamamayan and then connect everybody to each other’ because that is the only way you will unite this beautiful and blessed country that you call Philippines,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said.
“Public-Private Partnerships and convergence are not merely words, let us put them into action for the benefit of the people. With the NBP in place, we are heading towards an effective, efficient, cheaper connectivity that will promote unity and prosperity for the nation,” Honasan emphasized.
The Pangasinan provincial government sees the provincial broadband network rollout as a game changer, declaring that it will allow remote communities within the province to access digital opportunities through an improved connectivity service.
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa ating president dahil nabigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga far-flung barangays sa buong Pilipinas na magkaroon at maka access sa Internet through the DICT,” said Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino III, adding that the project will be beneficial to all his constituents in the province. (AI/FC/MTVN)