As part of its next stages of development, a proof-of-concept site for Juan, Konek! (Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places project) was launched in Lipa City National High School in the Batangas province.
The Juan Konek project aims to narrow the digital divide in the Philippines through providing free Internet connectivity hotspots in 7,118 public places in the country.
In his speech, DOST Secretary Mario Montejo projects the results of Juan, Konek initiatives to be similar with-the department's other project-the TV Whitespace Project. "By providing Internet access at different communities in Bohol, we were able to support public schools at the grassroots level; with teachers reporting improved performance from their students, and civilians within the service area improving their businesses. We envision the same results for Lipa as we launch the four sites," he said.
Meanwhile, Senator Ralph Recto highlighted the importance of Internet to education. "We are narrowing the digital divide. We are developing our schools to be ready for the 22nd century," he said.
The launch of the proof-of-concept site in Lipa City makes Batangas the 6th recipient of the Juan, Konek (Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places project) nationwide.
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