Relief Operations Center in Cagayan now has access to free Wi-Fi—DICT

FREEMA Gloria   •   November 19, 2020   •   204

MANILA, Philippines — The Relief Operations Center in Cagayan Province now has access to free Wi-Fi connection, according to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Under the department’s “Free Wi-Fi for All Program”, the internet connection aims to support the provincial local government unit of Cagayan in information dissemination. This includes better coordination in providing relief assistance to families affected by Typhoon Ulysses.

DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said the DICT continues to coordinate with the local government units (LGUs) in Cagayan and Isabela on how to boost connectivity and emergency communications during calamities.

“Communication is one of the most important things during and after a disaster. Through this, the government can provide vital and necessary assistance to affected areas and citizens,” he said.

DICT Cagayan Provincial Officer Engr. Ronald Bariuan reported that the regional office previously offered free Wi-Fi access and free charging at the DICT Cagayan Provincial Office.

Twenty-nine free Wi-Fi sites are currently operational in the region while 68 other sites are currently being restored as of November 16 after the typhoon onslaught.There are already more than 100 families that benefited from the free Wi-Fi and charging services since November 14.

“Knowing the impact of the typhoon, we want to help our kababayans contact their relatives. We’ve also been seeing how bayanihan has transpired through reporting on social media. Residents eagerly report their situation so help can come faster. Connectivity is so important now,” he said. AAC

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