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.


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 HospitalSumisipBasilan
Ediborah P. Yap Memorial HospitalLamitanBasilan
Basilan State CollegeIsabelaBasilan
Municipal Hall of Tipo-TipoTipo-TipoBasilan
Municipal Hall JoloJoloSulu
Sulu Provincial HospitalJoloSulu
Sulu State CollegePatikulSulu
Mindanao State UniversityPatikulSulu
Provincial Capitol of SuluPatikulSulu
Parang District HospitalParangSulu
Luuk District HospitalLuukSulu
Provincial Capitol of Tawi-TawiBongaoTawi-Tawi
Municipal Hall of Bongao, MDRRMOBongaoTawi-Tawi
Mindanao State UniversityBongaoTawi-Tawi
Panglima Sugala Town HallPanglima SugalaTawi-Tawi
Panglima Sugala Rural Health UnitPanglima SugalaTawi-Tawi
Batu-Batu Nat’l High SchoolPanglima SugalaTawi-Tawi
Sitangkai Municipal Police StationSitangkaiTawi-Tawi
Municipal Hall SitangkaiSitangkaiTawi-Tawi
Sitangkai Birthing ClinicSitangkaiTawi-Tawi
Turtle Islands National High SchoolTurtle IslandsTawi-Tawi
Turtle Islands Municipal HallTurtle IslandsTawi-Tawi
Mapun National High SchoolMapunTawi-Tawi
Mapun Municipal HallMapunTawi-Tawi
Languyan Municipal HospitalLanguyanTawi-Tawi
Municipal Hall of SibutuSibutuTawi-Tawi

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