BAGUIO CITY – Internet connectivity continues to reach the remote villages in the city following the setting up of the needed infrastructure and the bandwidth in Barangay Happy Hallow that will benefit public structures in the area.
The internet connectivity in barangay Happy Hallow is an expansion of the earlier partnership between the Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) and the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) forged over two years ago for the pilot testing of improved connectivity in 14 local governments, including the city government, government agencies and schools in Baguio and Benguet.
BENECO General Manager Engr. Melchor S. Licoben said Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong requested the electric cooperative to include as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, the expansion of internet connectivity in barangay Happy Hallow for the benefit of the pupils and students to avail of online learning during the opening of classes on August 24, 2020.
Initially, he disclosed that the Happy Hallow National High School, the Happy Hallow Elementary School and the Happy Hallow Barangay Hall will be provided with the free internet connection.
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Earlier, school officials of the two public schools requested the city government to facilitate internet connectivity in public schools to allow their students and pupils to avail of the online learning, now a part of the new normal blended learning being imposed by the education department.
Licoben coordinated the matter with the DICT under the leadership of Regional Director Leo Ugto for the provision of the band with while BENECO provided the infrastructure that made possible internet connectivity in the three public institutions in one of the city’s remotest barangay.
In 2018, BENECO and DICT entered into a memorandum of agreement for the pilot testing of free internet connectivity in 14 local governments, government agencies, police stations and schools where the maximum speed of the connectivity as 25 mbps.
However, the BENECO official claimed the agreement expired last year after the completion of the project but with the request of Barangay Happy Hallow, the previous partnership was re-opened allowing future improved internet connectivity in various parts of the city.
He stated learners from barangay Happy Hallow enrolled in online classes can have easy access to internet connectivity for their classes because of the strong connection in the public schools.
BENECO also partnered with Converge ICT Solutions for the use of its fiber optic lines to bring quality internet connectivity to some 40,000 households with a minimum speed of 25 mbps up to 100 mbps depending on the package desired by the interested subscribers from the city’s 128 barangays.
By Dexter A. See
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