Duterte gov't to provide Internet in 42,000 barangays


In efforts to combat fake news and maximize all available options to disseminate useful and legitimate information, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) is set to deploy Satellite Receivers with Internet Access to over 42,000 Barangays by June this year.
                
These Satellite Receivers, in a form of a digital set-top box, shall stream current PCOO Bulletins, weather updates, traffic advisories, even government projects and activities in a Multi-Video Frame format.
                
The necessity to implement Satellite Broadcasting comes as certain Barangays located in remote areas have limited access to telecommunication signals and that it can provide convenient Internet Connection without the need for only the standalone Internet. It will also be deployed in both National and Local Government office.

        
PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar said in an interview with DZRH, that the deployment of this project is part of the Government Satellite Network (GSN) project which President Duterte approved in December last year.
                
“The beauty of this government satellite network, not just one way. Because it has internet access, it will also have IP (internet protocol) TV. So Barangay San Roque, for example, in the remote area of Cagayan can speak to the President of Malacañang using your satellite,” Andanar said.

         
He also added that the President could reach out to all barangay officials for a dialogue ‘anytime he wants’ through the GSN project.
                
During the first National Information Convention with a crowd of 1,600 participants held on February 19-21 in Davao City, Andanar proudly expressed his opinions on the achievements of the government by consistently reaching out through all 4 channels such as On-Air, Online, On-print, and On-ground.
                
Radio-Television Malacañang (RTVM) shall serve as the main hub of the Government Channel with 24/7 operations spear-headed by Executive Director Demic Pabalan.
              
In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), Pabalan said, “It will feed the speeches of the President and if there is no live event, we will play back videos of the PCOO and other government agencies’ program which do not come out over PTV4,”

 
Apart from the deployment of Satellite Receivers, the PCOO in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) also plans to assign Information Officers as point persons in each of the 42,000 Barangays or more.

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