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PGIN, Globe offer free wifi hotspots

LAOAG CITY — In a bid to create more quality public spaces equipped with upgraded internet connectivity and accessible communication services, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN), in partnership with Globe Telecommunications, started the installation of free wireless fidelity (WiFi) service in its pilot areas, last September 18.

Areas for the Phase I of public WiFi service include the Provincial Capitol Building, Aurora Park, Laoag City and its city hall, San Nicolas I.T. Park, and the Batac City Hall.

“Last week, sinimulan na natin ang pag-install ng free WiFi dito sa Provincial Capitol para mas mapadali pa ang transaction ng services natin. At the same time, while people are waiting for their turn in line, they can use the free internet for entertainment or for other important communication needs,” Provincial Information Technology Officer-in-charge Mr. Wilfredo Lorenzo Jr. said.

According to Mr. Lorenzo, after the WiFi installation in the Provincial Capitol Building, the other pilot areas will then follow.

Meanwhile, Gov. Marcos Manotoc is positive that the installation will be completed before his first 100 days accomplishment report: “Hopefully in my first 100 days we can already have our request… In the next few months, may free public WiFi na tayo,” he remarked.

Municipal halls, district hospitals, tourist destinations, and other public areas in the province are the following sites to undergo Phase 2 free WiFi installation.

“There was also a safety concern sa mga pulis na walang signal sa area nila… Bigyan natin sila ng alternative means of communication, especially the police, disaster personnel, and people in healthcare,” Gov. Marcos Manotoc added.

Every user can access the free WiFi for 30 minutes a day. Yet, the Provincial Government is in the process of persuading Globe Telecommunications to grant the request to extend its accessibility to one hour