The Department of Information and Communications Technology announced that they would be launching free WiFi sites in remote islands in Mindanao this March.
DICT will have to use wireless solutions instead of the traditional DSL or Fiber lines to reach these remote locations. With that, the agency will use Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) that will use dish satellites to make it possible.
Taganak and Mapun islands in Tawi-Tawi will be given two VSAT facilities each. Communities in Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi (BASULTA) will also receive VSATs.
Moreover, the local government of Taganak Island will get four desktop computer packages and another four for Mapun Island LGU.
Mapun National High School and Turtle Islands National High School will then receive 21 thin client computers, which will be powered by a central server.
To distribute these internet access facilities, the Western Command of the AFP, headed by Maj. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr. will pre providing the assist and security.
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MinDA chairman Emmanuel Piñol said that residents need to be in higher elevations to get signals on their phones. With this latest development, people from these remote locations will be less isolated from the rest of the Philippines.
You can check the list below of the areas in BASULTA that will get free internet this first semester.
|Sumisip District Hospital||Sumisip||Basilan|
|Ediborah P. Yap Memorial Hospital||Lamitan||Basilan|
|Basilan State College||Isabela||Basilan|
|Municipal Hall of Tipo-Tipo||Tipo-Tipo||Basilan|
|Municipal Hall Jolo||Jolo||Sulu|
|Sulu Provincial Hospital||Jolo||Sulu|
|Sulu State College||Patikul||Sulu|
|Mindanao State University||Patikul||Sulu|
|Provincial Capitol of Sulu||Patikul||Sulu|
|Parang District Hospital||Parang||Sulu|
|Luuk District Hospital||Luuk||Sulu|
|Provincial Capitol of Tawi-Tawi||Bongao||Tawi-Tawi|
|Municipal Hall of Bongao, MDRRMO||Bongao||Tawi-Tawi|
|Mindanao State University||Bongao||Tawi-Tawi|
|Panglima Sugala Town Hall||Panglima Sugala||Tawi-Tawi|
|Panglima Sugala Rural Health Unit||Panglima Sugala||Tawi-Tawi|
|Batu-Batu Nat’l High School||Panglima Sugala||Tawi-Tawi|
|Sitangkai Municipal Police Station||Sitangkai||Tawi-Tawi|
|Municipal Hall Sitangkai||Sitangkai||Tawi-Tawi|
|Sitangkai Birthing Clinic||Sitangkai||Tawi-Tawi|
|Turtle Islands National High School||Turtle Islands||Tawi-Tawi|
|Turtle Islands Municipal Hall||Turtle Islands||Tawi-Tawi|
|Mapun National High School||Mapun||Tawi-Tawi|
|Mapun Municipal Hall||Mapun||Tawi-Tawi|
|Languyan Municipal Hospital||Languyan||Tawi-Tawi|
|Municipal Hall of Sibutu||Sibutu||Tawi-Tawi|