Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and Vice-Mayor Karissa Tolentino-Maxino led the ceremonial signing of the newly passed ordinance that will provide free wifi internet access in all public places in Dumaguete City yesterday.
Based on the ordinance an annual budget of P 5 million will be allocated to provide and maintain free wifi internet access to Public Parks and Plazas (e.g. Quezon Park, City Tourism Office); City Hall building and its annexes (e.g. Fire Station, City Central School); COVID19 Vaccination Centers, Isolation Facilities, Quarantine Centers; Public Schools, State Universities and Colleges, LGU owned community colleges; Barangay Halls and Public Libraries; Public Markets; Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Terminals; Public Tricycle terminals; Rural Health Units including City Hospitals and Rehabilitation Centers; LGU owned Street Lamps and electric posts; 1Rizal Boulevard and Bell tower; LGU owned Selected Waiting sheds; National and Local Government Agencies; and all other public lands, buildings and open spaces owned, operated, and maintained by the City Government of Dumaguete.
Meanwhile, Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo led the switch-on ceremony and congratulated the faculty and students of Hermenegilda F. Gloria Memorial Elementary School for being the beneficiary of the country’s first Free Wifi Public School CSR Project through the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Rotary Club of Dumaguete that will allow both learners and teachers to attend and participate in classes, do research and submit their outputs via online.
The free wifi project of both the City Government and NOCCI is expected to have a positive impact to the community considering the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, which forced us to shift many of our work, transactions and daily activities online.
People will now be able to reconnect with their friends, relatives and colleagues through various online platforms and social media that helped reduce physical interactions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Among the other officials present were Councilor Michael Bandal, Deped Dumaguete Superintendent Gregorio Cyrus Elejorde, Herminigilda F. Gloria Elementary School Principal Julius Silot, Rotary Club of Dumaguete President Leonil Geñoso, Engr. Aurelio Tinapay Provincial Head Department of Information and Communications Technology, Francisco C. Martinez President Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry Incorporated, Edward C. Du Regional Governor and Banilad Punong Barangay Pacencio Maquiling.