GUIHULNGAN, Negros Oriental, Sept. 11 (PIA) -- A free Wi-Fi internet access will be set up soon in Brgy. Trinidad, a remote village in Guihulngan City, which aims to help end insurgency in the area.
The free Wi-Fi connection in the barangays affected by the communist insurgency was proposed by Edward Du, former president of Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (NOCCI) and currently regional governor of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) in Central Visayas, who made a quick inspection in the area during the 'Dagyawan' or consultation of the Negros Oriental Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NOTF-ELCAC) on Tuesday.
Du, together with Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) personnel, went to the neighboring Vallehermoso town where the bandwidth is located to check and evaluate the possibility of the bandwidth reaching Guihulngan City and then Brgy. Trinidad.
With this, Punong Barangay Luciana Montecino of Trinidad said she is willing to pass a barangay resolution requesting for the implementation of the free Wi-Fi project.
However, Du said the funding sharing process will start from the provincial government for the wireless middle-mile infrastructure while the city government of Guihulngan will spend for the last-mile infrastructure to deliver the bandwidth to the barangay halls.
"The Vallehermoso bandwidth that will be delivered, the governor will fund for it. The bandwidth coming from Guihulngam side to Trinidad, (the LGU) will fund it. We will still be making a resolution for it," explained Du.
With the 34 towers in place in Negros Oriental, DICT offers it as counterpart and for free use to the provincial government to set up their wireless radios to connect the bandwidth to the different local government units.
This is also part of government's thrust to provide internet connection up to the far-flung villages to ensure that they are also informed of the government's programs and services.
"NOCCI is the only non-telco private sector partner of DICT that has successfully distributed 30mbps DICT bandwidth to 36 public schools all over Negros Oriental," said Du.
Small enterprises, farmers or business individuals in the mountain barangays may venture into online selling or digital jobs with the availability of free internet access, and eventually eliminate insurgency issues in the areas, he added.
During the Dagyawan, at least 10 villages in Guihulngan identified to be affected by insurgency were prioritized for the implementation of various government programs and services.
The activity advances the implementation of Executive Order (EO) 70 which institutionalizes the "whole of nation approach" in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental)