MINERVA BC NEWMAN
CEBU CITY – Free public WiFi is now available to all passengers for a maximum of two hours daily at Cebu Baseport Passenger Terminals 1 & 2 at Pier 1 as the Cebu Port Authority (CPA) and the Department of Information Communications Technology (DICT) formally activate and launch the Free public WIFI project starting August 16 in its efforts to bring free internet access to more public areas nationwide.
“CPA invested in cabling and installation of WiFi Access Points in public areas within our passenger terminals to be able to provide free internet access to port users. DICT 7 helped us by providing CPA with free data bandwidth making the roll out of free Wi-Fi for port users possible,” CPA General Manager Francisco Comendador in a statement during the launching.
The free public WiFi access is a CPA initiative in support to the commitment of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. of expanding free internet services in public places to enable all Filipinos to connect with families, friends and colleagues virtually from anywhere in the Philippines.
Comendador added that the enhanced internet connectivity in the Baseport area is expected to aid in the exchange of timely and important information to the public. It is also expected to boost and support CPA’s current efforts on the use of cashless payments.
“We are currently working on establishing reliable online payment systems for Port charges including the collection of our terminal fees. Despite the setbacks from the pandemic, CPA pushed through with our recovery efforts and Port development programs,” Commendador bared.
Commendador thanked the DICT for the partnership with CPA as they continue the efforts in establishing wireless technologies in the ports to boost network connectivity and opening up new ways to maximize the efficiency in CPA’s operations and ultimately improve port services.
The launching and activation of the Free Public WiFi was attended by CPA General Manager Francisco Comendador and DICT 7 Regional Director Frederick D.C. Amores with other CPA and DICT key officials.