Malacañang says PHL lacks internet access

by • August 22, 2011 • TechnologyComments Off862

As we are getting immersed with the internet craze, our government aims to utilize the available media through online and social networking sites. Yet the palace acknowledges that only a small percentage of the country’s population has access to the internet and to various social websites.

Only 29 percent of the population has access to our data lines, making it tough for our government to get into and make a connection to the rest of the country.

The Aquino administration plans a “Philippine Government 2.0”, intending to make use of the social media platform to interact with the Filipino people in which the online and social media plays a key role.

“Social media isn’t just a means of informing people. We have a purposive program to move and translate them on the ground,” Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma stated at the 5th Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) Summit which was held at Rockwell Power Plant mall in Makati City.

Based on the statistics collected by the Singapore Management University, as of mid-2011 alone, we have 24.1 million Facebook users and 4.01 million Twitter users. With this data, Malacañang is certain that penetrating the internet is an effective tool for governance.

The government makes an example of the Australian Government’s “online” connection with their citizens making it possible for their inhabitants to interact with different government agencies through the internet. 80 percent of Australia’s population has access to the internet.

The Philippine government will formulate ways to make internet access affordable and accessible for the Filipino population.


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