LEGAZPI CITY — As a result of the increasing demand of Internet users, the City Government of Legazpi will enter into an agreement with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for the installation of free wi-fi in all public places in this city.

This was disclosed Monday by Councilor Melissa Abadeza who said that Mayor Noel E. Rosal recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) and ready to submit it soon to the DOST for signing of Secretary Mario Montejo.

Abadeza said her resolution submitted to Sangguniang Panlunsod relative to the project was adopted during the SP 2nd regular session on Jan. 12 and signed by Rosal on Jan. 21.

Resolution No. 0009-2016 authorizes the city mayor to sign the MOA for the City Government of Legazpi with the DOST-Information and Communication Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) for the Free Wi-Fi internet Access Project.

The project is part of the support to the program of the national government to promote community development through the use of information and communication technology to improve the delivery of critical functions and services of the government to accelerate economic, social and educational opportunities and reduce the growing digital divide under the overarching e-Filipino program.

Once this project is realized, all public places in this city will become free wi-fi zones.

These include the 70 barangay centers, government hospitals and rural health units, parks, plazas, schoolyards, libraries, transportation terminals, seaport, airport, national government offices, and city government offices, among other areas.

Based on the MOA, the city’s Office of the Information and Communication Technology (OICT) will serve as the project owner and lead agency responsible for the overall planning as well as for the implementation and project management of the free wi-fi Internet access service.

Abadeza said the OICT will conduct the appropriate training and orientation to the LGU as well as evaluate and hold periodic monitoring of the Internet connectivity and provide the framework for governance for the free wi-fi Internet access service.

The lady councilor said the city administration will extend cooperation, assistance and resources during the project establishment, operation, training and implementation.

The LGU will also monitor the participation of barangays and city government offices and departments in compliance with the MOA.

Another responsibility of the city administration in line with the project is to provide a space at designated location by the ICT, permit the installation of all public wi-fi equipment and shoulder the electric power cost in the operation, she added.

According to the MOA, Abadeza said. the city government will secure the premises, equipment, outside plant facilities and other properties for the continuous delivery of the free wi-fi Internet service; provide appropriate security to ICT personnel and other authorized representatives and service providers and give them a permit to have 24/7 access in public places.

The city administration will also designate skilled personnel to develop local content and coordinate public information and announcements.

The LGU is also required to cooperate in the restoration of service during disaster and other forms of weather disturbance, Abadeza said.

She said there will be three levels of registration on how to access the free wi-fi: the first level will only require the machine ID (MAC address) of the device for a user to gain access and this is the lowest level of registration; the second level shall require a user to present a Philippine government ID through a web-based registration; and the last is the highest level of registration that requires the users to issue a citizen’s digital ID subject to the requirements of the National Public Key Infrastructure that will be used to gain Internet access and full access to e-Government services, she added. Emmanuel Solis/PNA/northboundasia.com