Duterte Wants Free WiFi at Select Public Places in the Philippines

"Happy lahat!"

That's how President Rodrigo Duterte capped off a segment of his State of the Nation Address earlier today - July 25, 2016 - where he talked about the government's plan to provide free WiFi connection at select public places across the country.

Free WiFi Philippines, Duterte
Photo Credit: ABS-CBN

"WiFi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports, and sea ports," Tatay Rody shared.

Given the fact that the Philippines is now the fastest growing market for smartphones in the entire ASEAN region, this is certainly great news as it would allow more Filipinos with mobile devices to have better access to all information that they can get from the internet and to always stay connected to their family, friends, business partners, and co-workers on social media.

In line with this IT-related project, earlier this month, Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Secretary Arthur Tugade disclosed details about the Duterte administration's effort to provide air passengers high-speed free WiFi connection at all airports across the country, which will be done in partnership with Smart Communications and Globe Telecom.

Will the government work with the same networks to deliver on this new promise? We'll know soon enough.

In 2015, the Aquino administration announced plans to provide WiFi connection at no charge in government offices nationwide. Well, I've been regularly visiting various government offices to process documents since last year but I never really got the chance to enjoy that service. Here's to hoping that the Duterte administration would work on this valuable project with greater focus and urgency.

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