According to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol President Rodrigo Duterte approved the establishment of a national broadband plan,.
Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Rodolfo Salalima made his presentation during the 13th Cabinet meeting in Malacañang. Piñol posted on Facebook that Duterte gave his approval afterward.
Duterte pushed for free WiFi access to more areas in the countryside. It was mentioned during the President’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July 2016.