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Ivatan Foundation for Development Communications, Inc. (IFDCI)


Address: Bnshs Street, Baranggay San Antonio, Basco, Batanes
Telephone no.: 5333444; 5333456; 5333452 (direct line from Manila)
Nature of Organization: Development communications NGO
Website: www.batanes-ifdci.com.ph

Email address: admin@batanes-ifdci.com.ph

Profile:
The Ivatan Foundation for Development Communications, Inc. (IFDCI), is a non-stock, non-profit organization registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on September 18, 1997 established primarily to develop an integrated information, education and communications program for Batanes with the aid of modern telecommunications and information technology.

It is based in Basco, Batanes. Batanes is an idyllic island-province in the northernmost tip of the Philippines. It is in fact nearer to Taiwan than to the nearest point in the Philippines.

The people of Batanes call themselves Ivatans. They are generally courteous, gentle and peace-loving. people. Total population is barely 15,656.

The Batanes Internet Connectivity Set-up, which PHDF helped in setting-up with the valuable support of Batanes Rep. Florencio Abad is high-tech because it utilizes a combination of satellite-based and wireless technology. The use of WiFi technology for free public access has no parallel here in the Philippines. The intranet or wide area network with at least 16 private and government offices that has been set-up in Basco, are all connected via a wireless antenna and bridge or
single point card allowing each office to have easier access to the entire network.

The project launching for the BatanesConnect Internet Station was held February 9, 2002. Guests included Provincial Governor Vicente Gato and Batanes Rep. Florencio Abad. PHDF was represented by Board of Advisor Member Gloria Disini and Officer-in-Charge Mylene Anastacio while IFDCI was represented by Executive Director Demi Narag.


 
  Scenes from the Launching



Signage at the BatanesConnect Internet Station where Ivatans and tourists can surf the net and avail of the free email service of the IFDCI and PHDF.





The satellite dish connecting Basco, Batanes to Manila. The omni directional antenna provides wireless lan connection to separate offices within Basco.





Mylene Anastacio Soriano, Officer-in-Charge of PHDF, explains the objectives of the Free Email Connectivity for Remote Rural Communities project





Demi Narag, Executive Director of Ivatan Foundation for Development Communications, accepted the PHDF donation during the project launching ceremony.





Rep. Florencio Abad of the lone district of Batanes, a staunch advocate of the connectivity program, delivers his Inspirational Message during the project launching ceremony.





Rep. Florencio Abad of Batanes, PHDF Board of Advisor Member Gloria Disini, Batanes Provincial Governor Vicente Gato and IFDCI Executive Director Demi Narag during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between PHDF and the IFDCI.





Provincial Governor Vicente Gato, PHDF Board of Advisor Member Gloria Disini, IFDCI Executive Director Demi Narag and Batanes Rep. Florencio Abad lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the project launching.





Government personnel and Ivatans (residents of Batanes) practice using the free email facility.






 
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