President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the briefing on the major infrastructure projects in the Province of Misamis Occidental held at the Sinanduloy Cultural Centre in Tangub City on Wednesday (September 09). (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the briefing on the major infrastructure projects in the Province of Misamis Occidental held at the Sinanduloy Cultural Centre in Tangub City on Wednesday (September 09). (MNS photo)

MANILA, Sept 10 (Mabuhay) – The government is confident that people outside Metro Manila can soon enjoy free internet access.

Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo said that the installation of public Wi-Fi in Dagupan, Tuguegarao, Mabalacat, Batangas, Legazpi, Puerto Princesa, Ilo-ilo, Cebu, Calbayog, Tacloban, Zamboanga, Pagadian, Davao and Cagayan de Oro will likely be completed within the year.

“We are very, very hopeful. It’s on track. The program is almost on track. That before the end of the year, free Wi-Fi would be in public places all over the Philippines,” Montejo said.

He added that the public W-Fi project aims to benefit Filipinos from the countryside by exposing them to numerous employment opportunities online.

However, Montejo admitted that the government is still working on increasing the domestic internet’s bandwidth which can match the internet speed of neighboring countries. (MNS)