By Joseph Pedrajas

Residents of Navotas City can now have free access to the internet after the city government launched wi-fi hotspots in public areas.

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(screengrabbed from Mayor John Rey Tiangco’s Facebook video / MANILA BULLETIN)

At least 42 public places will have wi-fi hotspots, including the Centennial Park, the Navotas Polytechnic College, the city’s bus station, amphitheater, library, housing sites, and several health centers and basketball courts, which will give people in the area free access to the internet.

Each hotspot can accommodate around 250 users who can surf the web for one hour.

Users do not have to log in and can directly connect to the internet, according to Irish Cubillan, chief public information officer.

“We hope that through NavoConnect, Navoteños will be able to harness the power of the internet to learn more and improve themselves,” Navotas City Mayor John Rey Tiangco said.

Tiangco added that, “access to the internet is a basic right according to the United Nations.”

However, he reminded that residents should “be careful of” fake news and disinformation as “not all information in the internet are true.”

“Some are meant to mislead you,” he said.

He also urged parents to guide their children in surfing the web “to ensure that they are protected from online predators.”

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