Vice President Jejomar Binay vowed Friday to replicate nationwide the Cavite provincial government’s free Wi-Fi project for schools and households if he gets elected President.
Speaking in vote-rich Cavite, the Vice President said he wants to emulate the projects of Gov. Juanito Victor “Jonvic” Remulla in the province, including the recently-launched free Wi-Fi at the Cavite State University-Rosario (CVSU-R) campus.
Binay also wants to increase the speed of the Internet by widening the reach of cell cites through the supervision of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), which he said he will establish.
He said the free Internet will be a “basic service” to benefit all sectors in the country, especially in creating jobs and easing traffic.
“Kung mabilis at maayos ang koneksyon ng Internet sa buong Pilipinas, maraming tao sa mga probinsya ang magkakaroon ng online na trabaho [If we have a fast Internet connection, many people from the provinces will have an online job],” according to the Vice President.
“Kung mabilis ang koneksyon ng Internet ay magagamit nila ang tamang apps upang makuha ang kalagayan ng trapiko [Fast Internet also helps commuters and motorists to check the traffic situations via mobile apps],” he said.
Binay was saddened with the fact that the Philippines has one of the slowest and yet expensive Internet in Asia.
Adding to the delight of the students was the presence of Remulla, whom people from Cavite fondly calls “Gov. Pogi,” during the event.
The governor said the Wi-Fi connection at the CVSU-R was only an initial step to provide all Caviteños free Internet access.
He promised to install air-conditioning units in the campus soon.
Binay was not the first who thought of the idea of rolling out Wi-Fi services across the country.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) earlier assured that the whole country will enjoy free Internet access before the year ends.
DOST Secretary Mario Montejo said there is a P1.408-billion fund for the installation of Internet infrastructure in 967 municipalities.
The plan, however, could hurt the revenue streams of telecommunication companies. MICHAEL JOE DELIZO