KEY leaders of Quezon City yesterday launched the free wi-fi and high-speed Internet services in a tricycle station along Commonwealth Avenue, ensuring that ordinary residents will have access to better communication, which plays a major role in development.
Quezon City Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo, who chairs the House committee on Metro Manila development chair and who is running for councilor in the second district of Quezon City, led the launching of the project at Don Antonio TODA in Bgy. Holy Spirit in partnership with Leo San Miguel, president of the Airlight Technology Solutions Inc.
“There is a direct correlation between the strength of the wi-fi to the development of a city. We need to provide a strong information technology infrastructure like in Tokyo and Singapore. Providing free wi-fi, especially to ordinary people will empower our people and fast track the development of our city,” said Castelo.
The event was attended by Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, a mayoralty candidate; Quezon City Councilors Gian Sotto, who is running for vice mayor; and Precious Hipolito Castelo, wife of Castelo who is running for the second congressional district of Quezon City; San Miguel, among others.
“The people will be connected and have a better communication with their loved ones and friends,” said Castelo, who was the architect behind the land distribution for the poor residents in his district, on the pilot project which would allow 30-minute free wi-fi access everyday to every subscriber.
“Nagpaasalamat kami sa inyo. Ang mahalaga diyan ay maintindihan ng ating mga mamamayan na ang internet must be a democratized resource available for our people,” said Belmonte.
San Miguel underscored the importance of Internet connection to the lives of the people, which is tantamount to their right to shelter, education, and health.