The Department of Information and Communications Technology is coordinating with education agencies to provide free WiFi in schools as they prepare to shift to ‘blended learning’ amid the threat of coronavirus.
This was included in President Rodrigo Duterte’s 11th weekly report to Congress on government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic released on Monday.
The DICT directed its regional offices to coordinate with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) “for the prompt installation and deployment of the Free WiFi Internet Access Service,” read Duterte’s report.
The DICT will also be working with state universities and colleges, and other educational institutions for this initiative.
The free WiFi program would help schools adjust as they shift to online or digital learning, according to the Duterte report.
In-person classes have been prohibited to avoid exposing students and teachers to the risk of contracting the coronavirus.