Sen. Paolo Benigno ?Bam? Aquino IV said the government should not forget public schools and state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the rollout of Republic Act 10929 or the Free Internet Access Program in Public Places.
Aquino said Filipino students will immensely benefit from free Internet as a vital tool to further enrich their knowledge.
“Internet is an important tool in learning. Students are empowered by the Internet in learning lessons, completing assignments, and research,” said Aquino, principal sponsor and co-author of the measure in the Senate in his capacity as chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology.
“Magagamit din ito ng ating mga guro para mapabuti ang kanilang mga sistema ng pagtuturo,” added Aquino.
Republic Act 10929 provides free Internet access in all national and local government offices, public schools, public transport terminals, public hospitals and public libraries.
“This will expand Internet access across public spaces in the Philippines, including public schools to aid in teaching methods and enhance learning,” the senator said.
In addition, the law contains provisions for the faster processing of permits for Internet infrastructure, which is designed to fast-track the improvement in the country’s Internet backbone.
As part of its mandate under the law, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is tasked to craft a plan and a timeline for the rollout of the program.
In its latest report, the DICT said it’s planning to establish 250,000 Wi-Fi access points in public places throughout the country until 2022.