and we'll do
free unlimited email connectivity to remote rural
Foundation for Development Communications, Inc. (IFDCI)
Address: Bnshs Street, Baranggay San Antonio, Basco, Batanes
Telephone no.: 5333444; 5333456; 5333452 (direct line from
Nature of Organization: Development communications NGO
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
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
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
Government personnel and Ivatans (residents of Batanes) practice
using the free email facility.