NAVAL, Biliran– The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has activated 124 free Wi-Fi sites that will cover various locations throughout the province of Biliran.

The ceremonial turnover of this technology and ICT equipment is one of the highlights of the 32nd Provincehood Anniversary of Biliran on May 11 held at the Provincial Capitol Grounds in Naval.

According to Hazel D. Martinez, provincial officer of DICT Biliran, the DICT free Wi-Fi program is specifically designed to provide internet access to the public, particularly in underserved areas.

“This free Wi-Fi program provides internet connectivity in public places such as in schools, hospitals, government offices, and transport terminals, enabling people to connect to the internet for free,” Martinez said.

Martinez said the province is one step closer to building a digitally empowered and connected community with the help of the ICT equipment.

“This initiative aims to bridge the digital divide by providing Filipinos with access to online resources, communication tools, and information services, empowering communities and fostering digital inclusion,” she emphasized.

Martinez further said the DICT looks forward to the positive impacts that the project will bring to the province, emphasizing that the agency is “committed to the goal of providing accessible and reliable ICT services to all Filipinos.”

The DICT, which has been designated to lead the emergency telecommunication cluster of the National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council, also distributed emergency telecommunication equipment (ETE) for disaster risk reduction and management during the
The equipment were distributed to the towns of Almeria, Cabucgsayan, Maripipi, Kawayan, and the provincial government of Biliran, which includes one (1) unit very small aperture terminal (VSAT) and its network components, one (1) unit satellite phone, and one (1) unit solar panel.

The launching of the 124 free Wi-Fi sites and the distribution of ETE in Biliran province was led by no less than DICT 8 Regional Director Felix S. Tabanao Jr.; OIC-TOD Chief Marian Go-Soco, free Wi-Fi project focal; Engr. Gualberto Gualberto Jr.; and the free Wi-Fi project team.
(RSV, PIA Biliran)