President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of Philippines has inaugurated a Multimedia Telecare Center of Lapu-Lapu City, one of the 5,000 e-governance terminals that interconnects national and global agencies. The project, implemented by the Telecommunications Office or TELOF, was conceptualized and developed to address the digital divide and implement the strategic roadmap of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT). The program aimed at propelling the Philippine economy to the 21st century. The program has been allotted a P95-million budget.
The Lapu-Lapu Telecare Center will provide the general public with affordable access to a variety of information and communications services such as internet, e-mail, fax, future voice over IP, distance learning and other on-line community-based services, according to Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Arturo Radaza.
The establishment of the Lapu-Lapu City Community e-Center is expected to increase ICT participation of the national government in under-served and remote communities and allow greater public access to information through web-based technologies, Mayor Radaza said.