Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay. Picture credits to Jojo Binay's Facebook
Incumbent Vice President and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) presidential bet Jejomar Binay has promised to provide free Wi-Fi in the Philippines if elected as president of the Philippines in 2016.
Speaking at the Cavite State University campus in Rosario, Cavite for the launch of Lingkod Kabitenyo, Binay said, "If I become your president next year, we will replicate Governor Jonvic's project in Cavite and we will make it nationwide."
According to a report from CNN Philippines dated December 4, 2015, Lingkod Kabitenyo is a project that aims to provide free Wi-Fi access to schools and households in Cavite by next year.
In his Twitter post, Binay also said that he would strive to make Internet a 'basic service' instead of a 'value added service'. He added that if Internet connection in the Philippines is fast and efficient, it would open more online jobs for people in the provinces.
The Internet connection in the Philippines is now one of the slowest in the Asia Pacific region at only 3.1 Mbps, highlighted Binay. This is in contrast to the top three countries with the fastest connection speeds - South Korea at 23.1 Mbps, Hong Kong at 17 Mbps, followed by Japan at 16.4 Mbps.
As such, Binay expressed his interest in forging partnerships with private sectors to widen the reach of cell sites to speed up the Internet connection in Philippines.
Aside from these, Binay also vowed to establish a Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to oversee the improvement of Internet infrastructure in the country.
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