/ 14 January 2021

THE DEPARTMENT of Information and Communications Technology has installed wifi hotspots in the University of the Philippines-Baguio and Benguet State University in La Trinidad Benguet to boost educational and social opportunities.

UPB’s System Network Office personnel Jose Kym Alvaro said students who were stranded in their dormitories during the quarantine benefited from the Internet service.

“Fortunately, it was installed before the pandemic. When communication is vital but scarce, nakatulong siya. And the Free Wi-Fi reaches up to our dorm. So our students, while they were here dahil hindi pa sila makauwi noon, hindi maka-travel, nagamit nila. Right now, nagagamit ng personnel, ng public na pumupunta dito for any concerns, and even our students here in Baguio na pumupunta pa rin dito for their academic concerns,” Alvaro said.

Meanwhile, BSU’s College of Nursing and College of Agriculture were also provided Internet connectivity under the Free Wi-Fi for All Program.

BSU College of Nursing Dean Dr. Jude Tayaben said this helped the school implement flexible learning.

“We’re planning on online and limited face-to-face, and most of the resources that we have now are in need of internet connection. This is a blessing that will help our facilitators and learners,” Tayaben said.

DICT Benguet Provincial Officer Alicia Piacos said the department continued to install WiFis amid the pandemic to help the communities.

“Despite the challenges in establishing connectivity due to the topography, we have been pressing on to provide free internet access to as many communities and bridge the digital divide,” Piacos said.

DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II said the department is doubling efforts to make free internet access available nationwide.

“We at the DICT are intensifying the rollout of our programs under the connect, connect, connect initiative to make the internet more accessible and more affordable nationwide,” he said.

“We hope to be able to reach more schools in various communities to ensure that more of our students and teachers can maximize online learning tools and strategies in the new normal,” he added.