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Thursday, January 30, 2020


DICT provides more free wifi sites in Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 30 (PIA) -- Thousands of Caraganons are benefiting of the free WiFi access under the Free Wifi For All Project of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in Caraga region.

Based on the data of DICT, in 2019, there are some 105 free WiFi sites already installed and this will be increased, as the installation is ongoing to ensure free wifi connection in public places.

For Butuan City, there are 84 sites installed with free WiFi connection, including other parts of Agusan del Norte. Four sites in Agusan del Sur, 13 in Surigao del Norte and four in Surigao del Sur.

As one of the recipients of the said project, Mayor Judy Amante of Cabadbaran City was grateful as government employees were given the best opportunity for internet connectivity to communicate with stakeholders and for faster and improved services through online transactions.

“This is really a good project of the government, and this is what I really wanted to see that people are enjoying the free WiFi access and they’re able to connect with their family or even for students in their researches, and workers in their daily reports,” cited Amante.

Abril Romano, a Cabadbaranon also expressed her gratitude to the government for providing them the free WiFi internet connection.

“I’m thankful that sending reports in our office is made easier because of the aid of this free WiFi access. We are also on track of the different issues and news that we are able to see online,” said Romano.

According to Director Evamay Dela Rosa of DICT Mindanao Cluster 2, the province of Agusan del Norte will have more than 200 free WiFi services.

Engr. Lawrence Salang, provincial officer of DICT-Agusan del Norte also stressed that the agency was giving due attention to the installation of free WiFi for the provinces of Siargao Island and Dinagat Islands.

Meanwhile, Agusan del Norte Governor Dale Corvera reminded all the end-users to use the free WiFi responsibly and to maximize its use in a more appropriate manner.

The free WiFi connection available in public venues can be a solution for people who could not afford home broadband connections. It also promotes empowerment of every Filipino by having access to online information and other digital platforms. (JPG/VLG/NCLM, PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte PCDC elects new set of officers

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 30 (PIA) -- Surigao del Norte Second District Board Member Melva P. Garcia was unanimously re-elected as the chairperson of the Provincial Cooperative Development Council (PCDC) of Surigao del Norte.
Board member Garcia was reelected during the first PCDC meeting on January 17, 2020, held at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Conference Room, this city.

Other elected PCDC Officers were Rebecca Bagnol (Surigao del Norte Provincial Development Officer as vice chairman; Ma. Teresa Calang from the Department of Trade and Industry as secretary; Charlito Arquion, Manager of Land Bank Surigao City as treasurer; and Felibeth Bonono from the Department of Labor and Employment as auditor.

Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Caraga Region Legal Officer IV Atty. Ruel S. Halanes was also present during the meeting and presented some updates from the CDA, which included the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2019-01 -- a Joint Memorandum Circular between CDA and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Cooperative Promotion, Organization and Development in Local Government Units signed and issued on January 21, 2019.

Atty. Halanes also discussed the roles, mandates, responsibilities, powers and functions, composition, structure, and organization of the CDA.

Meanwhile, the newly elected officers of the PCDC immediately had their planning meeting for the upcoming activities, plans, and programs of the council. (Sangguniang Panlalawigan-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)