By Lou Ellen L. Antonio
MARAWI CITY, May 30 (PIA) — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) began deploying internet connectivity to 11 government agencies in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur through its Government Network Project to aid in information dissemination on coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“Ang ininstall na project ng DICT, tinatawag na GovNet kung saan lalagyan ng internet connectivity ang mga identified government agencies,” said DICT Lanao del Sur provincial head Engr. Jaron Arab.
[The project installed by DICT is called GovNet wherein identified government agencies were provided with internet connectivity.]
The 11 agencies that benefitted from the said project are Lanao del Sur Provincial Health Office, Integrated Provincial Health Office, Marawi City Health Office, Provincial Capitol, Marawi City Hall, Marawi City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, 103rd Infantry Brigade of Philippine Army, Lanao del Sur Police Provincial Office, Task Force Bangon Marawi Field Office, Amai Pakpak Medical Center and DXSO Radyo Pilipinas Marawi.
Arab also said that this initiative aims to address the gaps in disseminating and delivering information, updates and advisories in the province, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.
In this project, fiber optic cable is utilized not a wireless connection.
Radyo Pilipinas Marawi station manager Baeshora Sarigala hopes that the GovNet project will be used in the proper dissemination of government programs.
“Itong GovNet project na ito makakatulong lalo na ngaong may pandemya. Sana magamit ito sa tamang paraan sa mga programa ng mga gobyerno,” said Sarigala.
Meanwhile, Mariam Hadji Malik, an employee of Lanao del Sur provincial government said that the project will help them send issued memorandums to different municipalities in Lanao del Sur.
DICT is also set to continue its Digital Jobs Ph training which aims to increase people’s employability by providing training aimed at developing and improving the information and communication technology skills. (LELA/PIA ICIC)