A digitally-connected Palaweño citizenry—this is among the goals of Board Member Al Rama as he pushes for the immediate implementation across the province of the Department of Information and Communication Technology’s (DICT) free public wifi policy. The said bill is now due for signing by President Rodrigo Duterte after reaching final ratification at the Senate and the House of Representatives last week.
In his proposed resolution to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Rama wants the immediate provision of such service to Palaweños and said he wishes to establish at least four wifi stations or hotspots in each municipality in the province.
“Hindi natin maitatanggi ang importance ng ICT,” Rama said, who also emphasized the role that the internet can play in keeping the public informed.
“The world is getting flat because of ICT, hindi mo na kailangang pumunta doon para makita ang gusto mo dahil click lang lalabas na ang kailangan mo,” he added.
Rama nonetheless maintained that such access to the Web can come with potential disadvantages, particularly by exposing the youth to harmful websites. Recognizing such possible impact, he emphasized nonetheless that such matter may not be entirely unavoidable.