Friday, July 31, 2020

Projects to improve connectivity in Mindanao

AMID CONCERNS  on the impact of poor connectivity in the country, an official of the Department of Information and Communications Technology said the agency is doing its best to improve Internet connection in Davao Region.  

Speaking during the Davao City Business Forum via Zoom on July 28, DICT Director for Mindanao Cluster 3 Alimbzar P. Asum said DICT has earmarked more than PHP6 million for the construction of wifi lines and free wifi sites for Davao Region last year.

DICT also implemented 179 communication centers such as library, training centers, and digital classrooms in Davao Region this year, Asum said.

For 2021, DICT has proposed PHP40 million for the construction of more projects aimed at improving the country’s communication and information system, he added.

Meanwhile, Asum said DICT was elated with President Rodrigo Duterte's stand boost Internet connectivity in the country.

“At this time of the pandemic, we realized we can do many things through the internet. So, government has to interconnect the whole country through the internet, the DICT official said.

Asum quipped that Internet connectivity in the Philippines remains poor.

“(it's) very serious. If I would categorize it in the medical term--it’s critical,” he said, adding that the problem became more pronounced amid the  coronavirus pandemic, when demand for Internet is high as the quarantine restrictions compelled people to stay home and use the web more.

Asum said he understood where President Rodrigo Duterte was coming from when he singled out the country's major telcos during the recent State of the National Address for poor connectivity.(By Judy Quiros)

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