March 12, 2015
Jeanevive D. Abangan
DAVAO CITY, March 12 (PIA)— Internet connection will soon be available in public places such town plazas and transport terminals in towns classified as 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class municipalities.
Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario Montejo revealed in a press conference during the first leg of the Science Nation Tour in Davao City that DOST targeted to roll out such internet connection in those towns by the second half of the year to promote connectivity and consequently boost economic activity .
DOST Information Communication Technology Office (ICT) website revealed that the Free-Wifi Internet Access in Public Places project of DOST was originally designed “to cover only town plazas of 748 class 4, 5 and 6 municipalities, with a budget of 334 million pesos”.
But with the P3 billion boost in budget that DOST got after the recent Senate deliberation, the project has been modified to cover “transport terminals (train, sea and air), school yards, hospital lobbies, national government agencies, public parks and local government unit offices”.