VIGAN CITY — The city library located at the Vigan Conservation Complex is offering free Wi-Fi and computer access to residents who are in need of online transactions amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a Facebook post on the official page of the Vigan City Library on Monday, it states that the computer units with internet connection are ready to accommodate the needs of every resident, especially students without computers at home or having problems with slow internet and Wi-Fi connectivity.
“The Vigan City Library caters the timely needs of the public. This initiative is to help our clientele for the online enrolment and the plan of the Department of Education (DepEd) to implement virtual learning,” according to the announcement.
However, with Ilocos Sur being under modified general community quarantine, it was clarified that 21 years old and below are not yet allowed to go out.
To address this, City Librarian Czarina Mae Ulibas said that since parents are allowed to enroll their children, they are free to visit the library and their management will assist them in filling up the enrolment forms issued by respective schools.
“When it comes to their enrollment, siguro pwede naming alternative para sa mga students 21 years old and below ay ‘yong parents nila ang pupunta, tapos kapag may assignments ‘yong mga bata and kailangan nila ng Wi-Fi or internet para doon, pwede naman na ‘yong magulang na lang ang pumunta rito,” she said.
The library has a total of 25 computer units but to observe physical distancing as mandated by the National Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, only 12 units are utilized.
She added, “We have to practice the ‘new normal’ so we have to observe the one-meter distance or one seat apart between users. Social distancing, wearing of facemask, checking of temperature and hand sanitizing must always be observed to ensure the safety of everyone.”
For the past five days, Ulibas said that they have accommodated stranded students from the University of Northern Philippines who are attending online classes.
“Aside sa mga medicine students, meron din pumunta sa amin na BS Nursing graduate na nag-aaral ng German language rito sa Vigan. Mga lima sila na stranded din dito, they are from Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Cotabato, and Baler,” she said.
Interested residents are reminded to bring their valid ID and if they have their own gadgets at home, they can bring them and connect to the city library’s Wi-Fi for free.
She added, “Inaanyayahan ko kayo lalo sa mga nangangailangan ng online transaction, you are free to come here, libre ito lalo for students who need Wi-Fi connection and computer access.”
Vigan City Library is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm from Mondays to Fridays but for the meantime, once the quarantine period ends, library hours will resume from Monday to Sundays.