DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima

A free Wi-Fi access with a speed of 10 Mbps to 55 Mbps will be available to the public very soon.

This was announced by Secretary Rodolfo A. Salalima of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) during the department’s first anniversary celebration today (9 June 2017).

The DICT will provide faster internet connection to citizens with the launch of the Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places (FWPP) project along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) on 12 June 2017. The launch is part of the series of activities for this year’s National ICT Month.

The DICT vows to boost the minimum internet speed of the country to 10 Mbps through its various infrastructure programs. This surpasses the Asia’s standard speed of 5 Mbps.

“During my administration, I hope we could put the Philippines at par with the best in Asia,” Salalima said in his speech.

He asks everybody’s cooperation for the attainment of this vision. “I will not say ‘No’ to your efforts because everybody must commit to the public service,” he said.

During the anniversary celebration, the DICT presented a video of its accomplishments. Among these are the development of ICT initiatives directed by the President, such as the National Broadband Plan (NBP), the National Government Portal (NGP) or gov.ph, and the Pipol Konek or the FWPP project.

“Internet access is only the first step. The next step is internet adoption,” Salalima said. A reliable and fast internet connection is an enabler of digitally empowered nation, he added.

The department also initiated the Rural Impact Sourcing, a project that aims to create ICT-based jobs in the countryside, and launched the country’s National Cybersecurity Plan.

The activities for the anniversary celebration also include a thanksgiving mass and Zumba for the employees. A photo booth was set up as a fund raising activity to help the victims of terrorist attacks in Marawi City.

One of the challenges in the country’s telecommunications industry is the slow internet connection. According to the 2016 Q4 State of the Internet Report of Akamai, the Philippines has the lowest average internet speed in the world with 4.5 Mbps.