LAOAG CITY – The Laoag City government is eyeing for the installation of free Wi-Fi zones in designated public areas in Laoag downtown.

Information Technology (IT) Officer Franz Felipe said that the project will first be implemented at the Aurora Park, the center plaza of Laoag City where people go for leisure.

“We tried to provide free Wi-Fi access during the city’s 50th anniversary as part of the celebration through the help of a telecommunication company,” Felipe said.

In line with the national government’s mandate to provide reliable and free internet service, the city government backed this move to benefit stakeholders.

In a press statement, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has started rolling out free public Wi-Fi Internet access on July 24, 2015 covering at least six key areas in Metro Manila.

These first six areas to test out the free public Wi-Fi are the Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City Hall, Philippine Coconut Authority (Philcoa), SSS East Avenue office, the LTO Central Office, all of which are located in Quezon City.

The free public Wi-Fi will then be accessible in places such as public schools, parks, libraries, national and local government offices, public hospitals and rural health units, airports, seaports, and LRT-MRT stations.

The program will roll out in 997 towns and cities before the year ends.

The first free Wi-Fi service in Laoag City will be installed at the Aurora Park which will be followed at the public market.

Felipe said the project will be fully implemented in 2016. PNA