If elected president, Binay vows free Wi-Fi in PH

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Vice President Jejomar Binay (File photo)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Free Wi-Fi in the entire country?

This is what Vice President Jejomar Binay is promising if he wins in the 2016 presidential elections.

Binay was at the Cavite State University campus in Rosario, Cavite for the launching of Lingkod Kabitenyo, a project that will give free Wi-Fi access to schools and households in Cavite by next year.

“Kapag ako ay pinalad na maging inyong pangulo sa susunod na taon, gagayahin po natin ang proyekto ni Governor Jonvic (Remulla) dito sa Cavite at ipapatupad po natin ito sa buong bansa,” Binay said.

[Translation: "If I become your president next year, we will replicate Governor Jonvic's project in Cavite and we will make it nationwide."]

The Internet connection in the Philippines, Binay stressed, is one of the slowest in Asia. With the help of private sectors, he said he would look to widen the reach of cell sites to speed this up.



The vice president proposed he would strive to make Internet access a "basic service" rather than "value added service."

"Kung mabilis at maayos ang koneksyon ng internet sa buong Pilipinas, mas maraming tao sa mga probinsya ang magkakaroon ng online na trabaho, tulad ng mga transcribers, accountants, artists at designers,” he said.

[Translation: "If the Internet connection in the country is fast and efficient, more people in the provinces would have online jobs, such as transcribers, accountants, artists, and designers."]

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Binay also said he would create a separate Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) that would oversee the improvement of communications infrastructure in the country.