Iloilo is the Next City to Get Free Wifi

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Wifi just got better with the Google Station free Wifi in Iloilo City. This initiative, spearheaded by a partnership with Smart, will bring public Wifi to the area. 

Google Station: A Boon for the Public

There are many ways to make Wifi more accessible in public spaces, but one innovation that takes this to a new level is Google Station. This service, as described on Google Station’s website, aims to provide fast and reliable connectivity in many venues. Using Google Station promises better customer experiences in public areas, thus increasing the place’s value and desirability. Interested parties can also utilize Google Station’s analytics to further customize the online experience by suggesting web pages. Google Station also adds further value to public places by monetizing the Wifi service. 

Google Station has partnered with Smart to provide public Wifi all across the Philippines in designated offices and utilities. These include airports such as the Laoag International Airport and the General Santos Airport, ports such as the Dumaguete Port, and government offices such as selected NBI branch offices. Google Station is also being utilized in other countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, and India. 

Public Wifi: A Hallmark for Development

The latest location that will soon enjoy having Google Station is Iloilo City. According to a press release to outlets such as MyCebu, Google Station’s partner Smart Telecommunications has just entered an agreement with the Iloilo City government to provide free Wifi in selected public areas. These include the City Hall, public parks and thoroughfares such as the Esplanade and La Paz Plaza, as well as Cultural Heritage Tourism Zones. The latter includes Jaro Plaza. The city government hopes these public Wifi zones will improve the quality of life for Iloilo City constituents, as well as make Iloilo a premier Philippine City. 

These new Google Stations will add to the 600 Google Stations already established in the Philippines. Other providers of public Wifi include Globe Telecom, which has also entered into a partnership with the Makati City government. This was signed on October 22, 2019, with hopes to boost Makati’s standing as a competitive city noted for the quality of life of its “Makatizens.” 

Iloilo City: The Next Big Thing

The Iloilo City government’s public Wifi partnership is only one of several initiatives that will put this up and coming city on the map for businesses. Some of these include the rehabilitation of public spaces such as Jaro Plaza and La Paz Plaza. These have been listed as among the projects under the Public-Private Partnership Center website. Other projects in the pipeline include crafting a new traffic management plan, providing air conditioning in all government offices, and rehabilitating the city slaughterhouses.  

A more recent news release by Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas, as reported by the Philippine News Agency, detailed other plans for infrastructure and metro planning for Iloilo as well as surrounding areas. These were made in cooperation with Iloilo City’s neighboring LGUs as well as the Metro Iloilo Guimaras Economic and Development Council (MIGEDC). The MIGEDC is presently comprised of Guimaras, Leganes, Zarraga, San Miguel and Oton. 

Future infrastructure projects include the construction of two flyovers in Jaro, as well as facilities for the San Miguel Brewery in Barangay Gua-an of Leganes. The city government is also working to attract investors to key areas, which include the Lapuz District, and properties along the radial road. Industrial development such as factory building is seen as a priority for the area. Sustainability is also the name of the game in Iloilo City, which is set to enter another public-private partnership to manage solid waste, and ultimately convert it to energy. 

The creation of Google Station public Wifi spots is in line with Iloilo’s trajectory to become a competitive city. Other developments in infrastructure and local industries are also seen to boost development not only in Iloilo City but in neighboring LGUs. 

Sources: Google, MyCebu, the Public-Private Partnership Center, and the Philippine News Agency

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