UNDP Partners with DICT, PLDT for Free Wi-Fi for Public Colleges

From left to right are Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Free Wi-Fi for All Program Manager Wilkins Win Wong, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) CoRe FW4A Manager Ronel Vincent Vistal, Resilient Government DICT Under Secretary for Emergency Communications Alan Silor, Selva Ramachandran, UNDP Resident Representative, Manny Caintic, DICT Secretary, Maria Victoria Castro, DICT Under Secretary for Digital Philippines , and Reynaldo Sy, director of region 3 of the DICT. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

In a hybrid ceremony, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Philippines activated 1,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots in 220 public facilities of higher education (EES) in the country. The access points were installed and deployed with the support of PLDT.

The event, led by DICT Acting Secretary, Manny Caintic, and UNDP Resident Representative in the Philippines, Selva Ramachandran, was celebrated at the Bulacan Polytechnic College – San Jose Del Monte Campus with simultaneous virtual attendance of representatives from the State University of Nueva Vizcaya. These two schools were part of the HEIs participating in the DICT-PNUD project.

The activation of free Wi-Fi hotspots in public higher education institutions is part of UNDP’s commitment to expand public access to free Internet services and to help provide access to information and to basic public services with an emphasis on education and health. It is also in line with DICT and UNDP’s joint commitment to support communities as they recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and to provide digital services and infrastructure to help improve equitable access and inclusive of basic services.

In his opening speech, Caintic expressed his joy for the successful rollout of the Free Wi-Fi initiative with UNDP, a project that has contributed to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Philippines.

“I am happy to have implemented this initiative with UNDP and PLDT,” said Caintic. “One of the key goals of the Free Wi-Fi project is to contribute to the advancement of several SDGs.

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