President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the national broadband program on Monday, according to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.
During the latest cabinet meeting, Information and Communications Technology Secretary Rodolfo Salalima presented the proposal to set up a national broadband network that would mainly cater to rural areas. The project was estimated to cost Php200 billion and projected to be completed in three years.
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The DICT’s national broadband proposal is an answer to the President’s initiative during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July 2016 to push for free WiFi access to more areas in the countryside.
During the time of former president and current Pampanga Representative Gloria Arroyo, a national broadband plan was also in the works, but was halted with allegations of corruption and irregularities.
The Philippines is known for having one of the slowest internet speeds in Asia averaging 3.6 Mbps per household, compared to the 12.4 Mbps average in other countries in Southeast Asia. If the said project pushes through, it would be a great news for the social media loving Filipinos.