Pipol Konek (Free Wi-Fi for All)

The Philippine government has an ambitious program to provide free public Wi-Fi to all citizens in all public places in the country underpinned by legislation that passed in 2017 that mandates the government’s Department of Information and Communications (DICT) to implement the Free Public Internet Access Program. Under the law, no fees shall be collected from users to connect to public internet access points installed in public places throughout the country, including public parks, plazas, libraries, barangay centers, national and local government offices, public basic education institutions; state universities and colleges, public hospitals, rural health units, public airports and seaports, and public transport terminals. As of June 2019, a total of 2,677 sites were operational under this Free Public Wi-Fi program. To accelerate the roll-out, a new partnership between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)and DICT was launched in 2018, to add an additional 6,000 last mile sites, located in remotest, unserved and disadvantaged communities.

Expected impact

The main outcome of this partnership is to ensure that women and men from disadvantaged communities are able to improve their educational attainment, deepen their engagement in governance processes, and avail of opportunities for economic development through increased access to up to 6,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots.


Goal 4
Goal 5
Goal 9
Goal 10
Goal 17
Financing (in USD)
25 USD
In-kind contribution
Basic information
Start: 25 September, 2018
Completion: 25 December, 2022
Department of Information and Communications Technology (United Nations / Multilateral body)
Department of Information and Communications Technology (Government)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Department of Education (Government)
Department of Interior and Local Government (Government)
National Economic and Development Authority (Government)
Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Government)
Provincial/Municipal Local Government Units (Government)
University of the Philippines (Academe)
Contractors (Private Sector)
Initiative focused on COVID-19 pandemic response, prevention and recovery efforts
Not specified
Geographical coverage
Asia and Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficiaries
60, 000 individuals in remotest, off-grid, disadvantaged last mile communities who have no access to internet
Contact information
Imelda Lamboon, Project Manager, imelda.lamboon@undp.org, +639189105368
Mandaluyong, Philippines
United Nations