By EMMIE V. ABADILLA
The League of Municipalities (LMP) last Friday (Jan. 10, 2020) signed a landmark deal with DITO Telecommunity, the country’s third major telecommunications provider, for a dedicated nationwide fiber network.
The fiber network will directly connect the different municipalities of the archipelago, the public areas of the respective barangays, that includes schools and other key institutions, to deliver fast, upgraded and secure services to constituents.
“We are making ourselves future-ready,” announced LMP President and incumbent Narvacan, Ilocos Sur Mayor Luis “Chavit” Singson, who leads the initiative.
“In other developed countries, governments already have their own private networks, and in the Philippines there have been several attempts, but now with this DITO initiative, the support of the Department of Information and Communications Technology, as well as the Office of the President, our municipalities will be connected real time, through our own private network,” he elaborated.
This move allows each municipality to provide beyond the standard free Wi-Fi hotspots, Atty. Adel Tamano, DITO Chief Administrative Officer, pointed out.
“Filipinos in the smallest of municipalities can now have the advanced applications that can be driven through the private network,” he added.
These include direct video for conferencing or security, public broadcast exchange, e-Education, e-Medicine, e-Permits, Internet of Things, IP PBX, VoIP; among other things.
“The mayors have committed to ensure ease of doing business in their respective municipalities to drive the extensive DITO roll-out, in exchange, DITO will enable better collaboration and communication in the future through connectivity for all,” Atty. Tamayo underscored.
“Many municipalities have limited Internet services because of their lower population,” Mayor Singson explained.
However, “With the commitment of DITO to connect all the Municipalities via a dedicated fiber line, we are on the verge of something big, benefiting especially those in out-of-reach places.”
Farmers and workers at the grass roots level can now offer their local produce and services immediately to the rest of the country or to the world, he stressed.