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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau


PANEL TERMINATES HEARING INTO ALLEGED IRREGULARITIES ON FREE WI-FI INTERNET ACCESS PROJECT IMPLEMENTED BY DICT


 

08 June 2021 05:42:24 PM

The House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability chaired by DIWA Party-list Rep. Michael Edgar Aglipay on Tuesday terminated its deliberation on House Resolution 1751. The measure calls for an inquiry, in aid of legislation, into the alleged irregularities and setbacks on the Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places Project implemented by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) that marred the project and gravely affected the delivery of service to the Filipino people. In terminating the discussion, Aglipay said the committee has exhaustively deliberated on the issues raised in HR 1751. “We heard the positions and responses of our resource persons on questions and clarifications from our members. We also took note of the comments and manifestations given during the three hearings on the subject of inquiry,” he said. Aglipay said the committee has gathered substantial and relevant materials/documents that would be used in the preparation of the draft committee report. Aglipay reported that a day before the hearing, the panel had an informal meeting with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the main player in the project. He also recommended an informal meeting with the DICT six months after for an update on the latter’s broadband plan. Earlier in the meeting, DICT Undersecretary Manny Caintic gave a presentation on the DICT’s broadband plan in the next five years. This was in compliance with the request made by Committee Senior Vice Chair and Cavite Rep. Jesus Crispin Remulla in the last hearing. Caintic said as of June 2, 2021, there were already a total of 9,201 live and operational Free Wi-Fi sites with more than six million unique users. He said the DICT has started its roll-out of building the digital infrastructure of the country.

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