GOVERNMENT INTERNET INFRA. The Department of Information and Communications Technology in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DICT-CAR) is laying down fiber optic lines as part of the national fiber backbone project to bring internet signal to far-flung villages in the region. (PNA file photo)

BAGUIO CITY– The Department of Information and Communications Technology in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DICT-CAR) said they are now laying down fiber lines to bring internet signals to far-flung villages in the region.

Engr. Rey Parnacio, regional director of DICT-CAR, said this is part of the first phase of their national fiber backbone project which aims to establish a resilient broadband network, wireless network, and connection of additional sites through the Government Network (GovNet) Project.

“DICT is exerting efforts to supplement the private telecommunication services in the provinces of the region to be able to reach the far-flung areas and attain the goal of the government to bring efficient and reliable internet signal,” he said in an interview.

“Several areas in Kalinga, Apayao, Abra, Ifugao and Mountain Province are not yet totally penetrated by the private telcos, that is why we are working on the GovNet. The focus for 2023 is Mountain Province,” Parnacio said.

Statistics provided by the DICT show there are 44 active sites in the region -- 11 in Abra, five in Benguet, 15 in Baguio City, five in Ifugao, and eight in Kalinga - aside from 72 GovNet sites in Baguio and Benguet, that interconnects government agencies to enable faster communication, better coordination and easier access to online services and simplified processes.

He said currently ongoing is the completion of 20 GovNet sites in the region.

“These projects will simultaneously be conducted with the implementation and operationalization of DICT’s Regional Rings,” Parnacio said.

“We are also providing the infrastructure support on digital consumerism by expanding the government infrastructure to cope up with the needs of e-commerce,” he said.

The official said that despite Cordillera being a mountain region, they are optimistic that better signals will soon be experienced in more areas with the completion of the GovNet projects.

“Sana malagyan lahat ng internet ang mga kaloob-loobang mga lugar, doon ang punta natin (We hope to provide internet in the innermost areas, that is our direction),” Parnacio said. (PNA)