San Si­mon vil­lage now free WIFI zone

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

SI­MON - Res­i­dents of this fourth district town can now ac­cess in­ter­net for free in the metro plaza area through the Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy’s (DICT) “Pipol Konek” pro­gram.

This was bared by Mayor Leonora Wong, say­ing this town’s Barangay San Jose is one of the pilot ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the DICT pro­gram which aims to pro­vide free in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity in se­lected pub­lic places across the coun­try.

The free in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity can be ac­cessed in the Metro Plaza area, par­tic­u­larly in the San Si­mon Pub­lic Mar­ket and San Jose Sports Com­plex which is con­sid­ered a place of con­ver­gence of Si­mo­ni­ans, said Wong.

To con­nect, users must sim­ply open their WIFI on their smart phones and tablets and con­nect to Free Pub­lic Wifi-Pipol Konek net­work to en­joy 256 kbps data speed con­nec­tion, which is the low­est pre­vail­ing speed re­quire­ment for “broad­band” ser­vice.

How­ever, a data vol­ume based Fair Us­age Pol­icy shall also be im­ple­mented to pro­mote an eq­ui­table dis­tri­bu­tion of the pub­lic ser­vice.

“This is good news for Si­mo­ni­ans, hav­ing free WIFI in Barangay San Jose which can be ac­cessed any­time for our pro­duc­tiv­ity es­pe­cially for work and re­search of stu­dents,” Wong said.

Wong, mean­while, re­minded Si­mo­ni­ans to prac­tice re­spon­si­ble use of the in­ter­net es­pe­cially on their re­spec­tive so­cial me­dia ac­counts, as well as mon­i­tor the web­sites be­ing vis­ited by the youth.

Mayor Leono­raWong meets with th­e­lo­cal gov­ern­ment’s Joint In­spec­tion Team (JIT) rep­re­sented by Mu­nic­i­pal Trea­surer Rowel Ma­ni­acup, Mu­nic­i­pal Asses­sor Michael Jayson Car­los and le­gal con­sul­tants Sh­eryl Cen­teno and Jun Peig on the­p­lanned in­spec­tion and mon­i­tor­ing on es­tab­lish­ments along Que­zon Road on Mon­day morn­ing.

“Not be­cause WIFI is now it could be used for any­thing. Tech­nol­ogy is ben­e­fi­cial un­til we abuse it, so we must be re­spon­si­ble ne­ti­zens,” Wong added..

The DICT’s Pipol Konek project aims to ac­cel­er­ate the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts in en­hanc­ing In­ter­net ac­ces­si­bil­ity for Filipinos to boost eco­nomic, so­cial and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties and in re­duc­ing the grow­ing “dig­i­tal di­vide” un­der the over­ar­ch­ing e-Filipino Pro­gram of the DICT.

The project is ini­tially in­tended for 748 plazas of Class 4, 5 and 6 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, but was later on ex­panded to pub­lic spa­ces in pub­lic schools, li­braries, gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals and ru­ral heath units, and pos­si­bly oth­ers, in all mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Class 3 and in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao, as well as other cities that will serve as dis­tri­bu­tion points or Points of Pres­ence shall also be in­cluded.

Rey­naldo G. Navales

TEAM TARZAN. Carmelo ‘Tarzan’Lazatin and run­ning­mates for­mer city Councilor Louie Reyes, Soc Manalas­tas, Al­lan Boni­fa­cio, Louie Reyes, Joseph Tim­bang, Joel Ocop, Noel Rivera, and Alex Nunez show their COCs.—


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