By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
TANGUB CITY, Misamis Occidental – Administration senatorial be Francis Tolentino has criticized the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for its supposed failure to fully implement the Free Internet Access Program Act.
In his speech during Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s (HNP) proclamation rally in Tangub City, Tolentino, citing annual report from the Commission on Audit (COA), stressed that the rate of implementation of the free Wi-Fi in public placed remained low even though there are enough funds for the swift implementation under Republic Act No. 10929 signed by President Duterte in 2017.
RA 10929 aims to provide free Wi-Fi for internet services in schools, city and municipal halls, public plazas and parks, government hospitals, airports and seaports, public libraries and other public places identified by the law.
State auditors, according to the former Presidential Political Adviser, have observed that while the Free Internet Access Program Act and the means to implement it have been made readily available by the national government, DICT’s mismanagement has resulted in minimal program accomplishment.
“Filipinos spend four hours and 19 minutes in the internet. Tayo na ang number one sa mundo na gumagamit ng WiFi,” said Tolentino
Tolentino said Congres should exercise its oversight powers to ensure full implementation of the law.
The former Tagaytay City mayor said the swift and full implementation of the Free Wi-Fi Law will be among the three top priorities included in his ‘to-do list” if elected next month
“We cannot live without internet these days. It has become as important as water and electricity,” said Tolentino.