By LITO RULONA
The Northern Mindanao – Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT-10), here, is currenty identifying areas in cities and municipalities to put up its Free Internet Access Program.
Engr. Ogie Vecera, focal person of DICT-10 said they will be installing free internet access in government offices here and also along public plazas of several municipalities in Misamis Oriental and cities across the region.
“DICT-10 conducted security awareness on how to access the Free Internet Access Program. 56 government offices in Cagayan de Oro (are) set to have free Wi-Fi access. Gisiguro sab namo karon ang atua sa bukid-bukid areas. Remote barangays is considered by installing through satellite access,” he said.
He said Facebook and Youtube can initially be accessed.
In Misamis Oriental, towns that are still on the process of free internet access installations are the municipalities in Lugait, Opol, Tagoloan, Claveria, Villanueva, and El Salvador City.
“We are first accommodating those considered as 4th to 5th class municipalities. First to 3rd class municipalities are now on going. The target is nationwide,” he said.
Earlier last week, the DICT released the Implementing Rules and Regulation for the Republic Act 10929 or the Free Internet Access in Public Places Act, which institutionalized the DICT’s Free Internet Access Program in public places.
Under the law, the DICT targets to connect to the internet around 13,000 areas in the country this year.
Vecera said companies task to facilitate the installation are the Philippine Long Distance Telecommunication and the Globe Telecommunications.
“Target sa project is all public places like municipal halls. Libre nga Wi-Fi sa ilang mga town hall and plazas including public high and elementary high school,” he said.
He added after the installation on every areas they will be imposing blocking access to some websites to ensure that the public’s privacy is protected.
He explained that the public would not be able to access several websites, especially those websites that require them to download, under the Free Internet Access Program in public places.