DAGUPAN CITY – Public high schools, including the City Library and the City Health Office here will soon be given free Wi-Fi connection under the “Juan,Konek!” Program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO).
Mayor Belen T. Fernandez is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the DOST - ICTO on the implementation of the program on September 15 at the CSI Stadia, which will formally signal the start of the DOST - ICTO program in the city.
Engineers Elvis E. Cayabyab and Armando F. Rillera of the DOST - ICTO met with Fernandez on August 26 at the city museum to finalize the DOST-ICTO Multistakeholders ICT Forum and MOU Signing with Dagupan City and other municipalities in the province.
The nine public high schools to be benefited are the Dagupan City National High School, Carael National High School, East Central Integrated School, Federico N. Ceralde Integrated School, Judge Jose De Venecia Sr. Memorial National High School, Salapingao National High School, Pugaro Integrated School and Bonuan Boquig National High School.
"Juan, Konek!" Is a campaign of the DOST-ICTO in response to the implementation of the Television White Space (TVWS) Technology and free Wi-Fi in public places project.
DOST-ICTO will also introduce other programs like eBusiness and Tech4ED.
eBusiness aims to ensure the sustained growth and competitiveness of ICT industry segments and support the growth of the ICT industry in the city. It also collaborates with the industry, government and academe to enhance the competitiveness of the ICT workforce and works on a harmonized ICT promotions and advocacy program.
Tech4ED, on the other hand, provides access points for individuals and communities to bridge the digital and education divide. It promotes grassroots development and opportunities for inclusive growth and poverty reduction. It will give communities access to information, communication, technology, government services, non-formal education, skills training, telehealth, job markets and business portals.
“This is a dream come true for our city just as we have envisioned that our city will be a Smart City by 2016,” said Fernandez. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Aug. 27, 2015)