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DICT-9 launches free internet sites at AFP base in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY, June 28 (PIA) -- The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)-9 and BASULTA launched, recently, 10 new internet installations within the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Camp Arturo Enrile at Barangay Malagutay in this city.

The project provided the installations through the Zamboanga City Government Network (GovNet) Phase IV Project in the pursuit to improve public service delivery through connectivity and data sharing among government agencies.

The GovNet is a Fiber Optic Cable (FOC) network topology of government offices connected with fast, reliable, and secure internet connection. Through the aggregation of common government ICT (information and communications technology) resources and services, operational and maintenance costs are lowered and secure and efficient government network infrastructures are established.

According to Joint Task Force Zamboanga Commander Col. Randolph P. Rojas INF (MNSA) PA, the GovNet Project would help the Philippine Army prepare for modernization.

“This internet connection will be a great preparation for our modernization sa Philippine Army. Very thankful kami dahil kami ang pinakaunang camp na may ganito,” said Col. Rojas. 

(This internet connection will be a great preparation for our modernization of the Philippine Army. We are very thankful because we are the very first camp to have this.)

Through the support of Joint Task Force Zamboanga, the Phase IV GovNet Expansion has installed 10 different sites in the vicinity of Camp Arturo Enrile, namely:

1. Joint Task Force Zamboanga Radio Room/Admin Building

2. Advance Command Post/Commander Quarter

3. Intelligent Security Unit, AIR(P), Philippine Army

4. 551ECBN, 55EBDN (Engineering Battalion 11D/11ID), Philippine Army

5. 15FSSU (15 Forward Support Service Unit), ASCOM (Army Support Command), Philippine Army

6. 2LSG (2 Logistic Support Group), ASCOM, Philippine Army

7. 9FSSU Army Support Command, Philippine Army;

8. CETA (Camp Enrile Training Area), MATH, Philippine Army

9. Liaison Office; and

10. Commission on Audit

Assistant Secretary for Regional Development and concurrent Officer-in-Charge DICT IX & BST Maria Teresa M. Camba reveals that Zamboanga City is the largest Government Network in the country. This project has been going on for four years already and have connected over 160 government offices.

“We’ve added 3km of fiber to the existing fiber of the government network to reach Malagutay. We continue to expand and connect more offices. We are proposing to expand some more, nagsubmit na kami ng proposal for Phase 5 so that we can have better connectivity. All in all, we have 40km of fiber already because we also expanded to Brgy. Talon-Talon and connected more sites. That connection in Talon-Talon enables us to connect the islands of Sacol, Panubigan and Tigtabon,” ASec Camba said.

In addition, the tower in Brgy. Talon-Talon also allows DICT to connect in Lamitan, and Isabela which enables the provision of internet to more than 50 offices in Basilan.

Following the success of Phase IV, the Government Network project will continue its pursuit towards government digital transformation and empowerment, leveraging the power of ICT to modernize and improve government services, operations, and accessibility to the general public. (RVC/CCP/PIA9)

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Clennkei Peñalosa

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Region 9

Clennkei C. Peñalosa is a member of the Subanen Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) who earn a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting at the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and is currently pursuing her Juris Doctor degree. A content creator and writer, she writes news and feature stories in Zamboanga Peninsula and manages PIA9's social media platforms.

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