CDO, MisOr to strengthen connectivity to boost public services

By Nef Luczon

November 28, 2022, 7:34 pm

<p>Google map of Misamis Oriental province.</p>

Google map of Misamis Oriental province.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The city government and the province of Misamis Oriental have began talks with telecommunications companies to strengthen internet connectivity to improve public services.

In a statement Monday, Mayor Rolando Uy said the partnership with PLDT-Smart aims to provide free Wi-Fi connection to the city’s 60 villages.

The initiative was the result of talks between Uy and PLDT enterprise vice president for Mindanao Benbrackie Melasa after the company's proposal to provide a free internet connection in the city.

"We're trying to connect (the city government) to its constituents, just like what he (Uy) is doing every Thursday or Saturday. The mayor goes to a certain barangay to be connected, and this is in line with his vision," Melasa said.

He said the proposal aligns with Uy's administration's internet connectivity program, as stated in his "Rise CDO" development agenda.

The PLDT firm also plans to put up free internet connection in barangay covered courts, especially those near schools for students to maximize its use.

Meanwhile, Misamis Oriental, one of the four provinces in Mindanao included in the PLDT project, recently launched its disaster resilience program dubbed "Project Ligtas."

Judee Caroline Chaves, Smart Mindanao Relations Head, said the initiative includes a workshop for responders to fully optimize the equipment during disasters.

"With Project Ligtas, we equip them with both the technology and the knowledge to effectively respond to any disaster. Mindanao has had its share of calamities, and we will continue to partner with local government units as they keep all of us safe,” she said. (PNA)