By Erwin G. Beleo
San Fernando City, La Union — The City Government of San Fernando signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for the construction of high-speed broadband infrastructure along the coast of this city.
This was revealed Tuesday by Mayor Hermenegildo “Dong” Gualberto as he confirmed that this city is one of the only two landing stations of this transformative project of the DICT along with Baler, Aurora.
“This government initiative is called the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure Project, the first of its kind which aims to lower the cost of government Internet connectivity while providing an ultra-speed Internet backbone for the whole country by 2019. This will also support the “Free Public Wi-Fi Project” and other DICT projects, plans and initiatives for the long term,” said Gualberto.
DICT has partnered with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) which is in charge for the construction of the Luzon Bypass Corridor, composed of two cable landing stations connected by a 250-km cable network corridor, while Facebook, the “first party” to use the government-built facility, was tasked to build and operate a submarine cable system that will land on Luzon’s east and west coasts.
Based on a statement issued by the DICT, the BCDA is also “responsible for the operation, maintenance and security of the project completion by the following: construction of concrete pipe separator, beach manhole, where both location in Barangay Canaoay; Construction of cable landing station in Poro Point inside BCDA’s property; Installation of submarine cables from beach manhole up to the territorial waters spanning about 68-kms with 37 nautical miles; and construction of underground conduits along public roads under jurisdiction six barangays, such as San Agustin spanning 0.157 kilometers; Madayegdeg spanning 0.628 kilometers; Parian spanning 1.004 kilometers; San Vicente spanning 1.204 kilometers; Pagdalagan spanning 1.007 kilometers; and Pagudpud spanning 0.186 kilometers.”
The said cable system will connect Luzon to the internet systems in the US and Hong Kong.