Duterte Administration Eyes 1GB Free WiFi at All Airports in the Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte has just been holding his post for little more than a week now but the amount of work that his team has accomplished is already considerable.

Apart from taking huge strides in crippling illegal drug trade in various parts of the country, the administration has also started to deliver clear solutions to some of the problems plaguing our airports including Tanim Bala cases and ugly, stinky washrooms.

But that's not all.

Department of Transportation and Communication Secretary Arthur Tugade who was sworn into office by President Duterte last June 30, 2016 has just disclosed details about the administration's effort to provide air passengers high-speed free WiFi connection at all airports across the country!

Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2
The Facade of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1

Last week, during the signing of a memorandum of agreement on the transfer of maintenance of airports' public restrooms to airline companies held, Secretary Tugade told the media:

"In due time all our airports will not only be mabango [pleasant smelling], it will also be communication friendly. We are now working and hopefully it will be in effect in the next 100 days! Wifi free: One Gigabyte, sa lahat ng airports [at all airports]. In 100 days it will be operational." (source)

For several years now, both Smart Communications and Globe Telecom have been working with the government in providing free WiFi access at select airports across the archipelago. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal noted that the free 1GB WiFi service being promised by the government will still be at the expense of these partner providers. He shared, "Walang gagastusin ang gobyerno [The government won't spend on this]. It's a facility that is going to be given for our riding public. [...] It's just a matter of upgrading the facilities."

For the past five years, Ninoy Aquino International Airport - formerly known as Manila International Airport - has been ranked by various travel websites and blogs as one of the worst in the world. The Duterte administration wants to turn this around by implementing positive changes that can improve the experience of all air passengers landing and staying in the Philippines.