By Claire Gigje

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur(PIA)–Following the ceremonial groundbreaking for the construction of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT)’s Digital Transformation Center (DTC) and National Operation Center (NOC) Friday, October 15, the internet connection here is now expected to be bolstered as more government offices will have their own connectivity.

DICT Undersecretary for Resilient Government and Emergency Communications Alan Silor shared in his keynote message that under Marawi rehabilitation, the DICT is tasked to provide a communications network and internet connectivity through the expansion of government network (GovNet) and establishment of the fiber optic cable network (FOCN), a fast, secured and efficient internet access for government offices in the city and certain areas in the province.

Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary and Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Chairperson Eduardo Del Rosario stressed that through the DICT, the city and its citizenry will now be connected as far as information technology is concerned.

“It may look small compared to the other facility but this very small infrastructure will connect everyone. It will not only connect government agencies but it will connect people and our social responsibility in the infrastructure will be achieved,” he said.

Del Rosario further emphasized that the locality will not rely anymore on private telecommunication as with the new investment, through the support of the government of building relevant infrastructures, the internet connectivity will be stronger.

City Mayor Majul Gandamra likewise mentioned how the city indeed needs a communication facility to strengthen the internet connectivity of public offices.

103rd Infantry Brigade’s LTC John Ferdinand Lazo representing Brigade Commander Jose Maria Cuerpo II  conveyed his appreciation to the DICT’s project as he believed that this will be beneficial in intensifying their campaign against criminality and terrorism to maintain peace and order in the area.

“Thank you to DICT kay natutulungan ang Philippine Army na magkaroon ng magandang communication para masolve ang kriminalidad sa Lanao del Sur. Kami ay handang suportahan ang project para maganda ang resulta sa kampanya laban terrorism sa Lanao del Sur at sa iba pang karatig lugar,” he said.

[Thank you to DICT because it is helping the Philippine Army to have good communication so that the criminality in Lanao del Sur will be solved. We are ready to support the project so that the result of our campaign against terrorism in Lanao del Sur and nearby places will be good.]

Meanwhile, Silor highlighted that DICT will be an ally in ensuring the recovery of the city.

“Hand in hand, let us bring hope to the realization of a new Marawi. More so in the menacing presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, may we all be a part of Marawi City’s retreat to safety and dignity. The DICT is your partner for change,” he said. (CRG/PIA-Lanao del Sur)