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‘Broadband ng Masa’ launched in Antique

SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) -- The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda led the launching of the Broadband ng Masa Program (BBMP) in this province, March 3.

BBMP, a flagship program of the DICT, intends to establish 150 Free WIFI For All sites in Antique, citing the need for digital connectivity in areas with little to no internet connection, particularly the Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) and indigenous communities.

In a ceremony at the University of Antique (UA), DICT Sec. Ivan John Uy said that it has always been their agency’s objective to provide Filipinos with internet access that brings connectivity and the many opportunities that come along.

He added that this program, anchored in the Marcos Administration’s “Build Better More” thrust, form part of the President’s digital transformation initiatives as a key agenda for the country in the next six years.

The official also expressed appreciation to Sen. Legarda, the principal author of Republic Act. No. 10844 which created the DICT, for her support of the field of ICT and efforts to advance digitalization as a means for progress and economic development.

In her keynote speech, Sen. Legarda stressed that apart from social inclusion, Filipinos now need digital inclusion as the COVID-19 pandemic revealed the digital gap in society where many, especially those in the countryside, struggle with internet connectivity necessary in availing of different services.

If Filipinos were to keep up with the rapid evolution of the digital world, Sen. Legarda said that communities must be connected digitally with citizens having the required knowledge and skill to effectively use ICT and harness its full potential.

The Senator added that, together with her brother Antique Lone District Representative Antonio Legarda, Jr. as her partner in Congress, digital inclusion for all will be prioritized in their work as legislators.

For their part, Cong. Legarda and Governor Rhodora Cadiao thanked the national officials for the outpour of support in achieving a digitally-empowered Antique, where remote communities and all five campuses of the University of Antique (UA) system will benefit from the BBMP.

The DICT, in partnership with the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, also inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Local Government Units (LGU) of Antique for the launch of e-Governance aimed at securing an interconnected, transparent, and citizen-centric government through emerging technologies. (AAL/BPS/PIA Antique) 

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