Mayor of Gapan, Nueva Ecija, Mayor Emerson “Emeng” Pascual has since shown many instances of kindness and good acts to his constituents – this has been his way since President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire island of Luzon under the infamous Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) way back in the middle of March.
Because of the fact that the Philippine government is continuously implementing stricter procedures in many different parts of the country, Gapan is no exemption. The local government, too, had to perform well in order to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Under the leadership of Mayor Emeng about 34,000 households, has received the anticipated pack of relief goods; moreover, cash aids and assistance have been released to their residents to help with the situation as well.
Because of the promising P50 per month 5mbps Fiber optics internet connection that the Mayor is looking to put up, he’s well-respected in the industry.
Praise and reputation for the Mayor
The mayor’s performance received a ton of applauses on social media, as well as a few nods from fellow leaders. As a matter of fact, netizens were even posting a ton of, “sana all” posts, hoping that they can get the same type of leader.
Furthermore, he was even compared to Pasig City Mayor, Vico Sotto as well as the newly-elect Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso; both of which performed exemplary acts in administering and in handling the COVID-19 situation.
So how is Gapan City preparing for the aftermath of the infamous COVID-19? How ready is the city for all the digital adjustments needed to make?
Coping with the pandemic
Akin to how everyone is preparing, Gapan is preparing for the aftermath of the pandemic – we’re talking work-from-home (WFH) scenarios; online teaching and e-learning systems, and many different adjustments because of the “new normal.”
What the best thing about being in Gapan is the fact that each and every household will have a stable internet connection. As per Pascual the minimum speed that each household would have will be expected to be at 5 megabytes per second (5 mbps).
That isn’t even the best part; do you want to know what it is? The best part is the fact that it will only cost each household P50 per month for this connection! Yes, you heard that right, it’ll only be P50 per month connection to help workers, students, and all citizens in the city who need it!
During the infamous COVID-19 pandemic, we should be wary of the adjustments we need to make. Gapan is giving it a go by making sure that they’re getting all the resources they need in order for the people living in the city to prosper.
In addition to that, the Mayor said that the city government had already allotted necessary funds to install fiber optics even in the areas that are not easily accessible. In his statement, the mayor proudly announces that all homes and establishments in the city would have an internet connection.
All houses will have internet connection in the city of Gapan.”
The internet is a necessity
Pascual believes in the fact that an internet connection, in every household, will be needed. Why? This is because almost every school at this time is in the offing of having e-learning and online learning systems and programs. The sad part is that only about 10 percent of households in this city have stable access to the internet.
But with the P50 per month connection that he’s offering, this would clearly wipe those numbers.
In addition to that, he also said that the Department of Education (DepEd) has implemented the supposed mixed method of learning; this would require heavy dependence on the internet, for the learners as an alternative learning method for the children and the youth during this health crisis.
This is to ensure continuity of providing quality education as well as be protected at the same time. Not only that, this is also for the workers who would be told to work from a distance – there are a lot of companies that have adapted the work-from-home (WFH) feature and it is something that would be helpful to them too.
What do you think about the P50 per month connection that Gapan City Mayor is looking forward to integrating in his city? Do you think that this is a good deal? Can this turn to reality even if our country is known to have the slowest and most unstable internet connections?