The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines has just enabled some 1,000 free WiFi access points, rendering free internet access across 220 public higher education institutions (HEI) in the country.

PLDT, one of the major telecommunications companies in the Philippines, played a role in the installation and subsequent implementation of the said free WiFi access points.

The effort comes integral to UNDP’s objective of expanding the public access to free internet for information as well as basic public services centered around health and education.

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Credit: UNDP Philippines

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Additionally, it also goes in line with DICT and UNDP’s shared commitment to backup communities as they recuperate from the ramifications caused by the global health crisis.

Per DICT Secretary Manny Caintic, one of the chief objectives of the “free WiFi project” is to foster the development of “several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”



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  1. Thanks for this post. Our elementary school also got free Wi-Fi and I’m happy about that. But the main thing is that children are not constantly on the phone and on social media.