DESPITE the Philippines being one of the countries with most Facebook users in 2011, a Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA)-National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) executive said that the Philippines still lags behind in terms of information and communications technology (ICT) among its neighboring countries.
In a report, PSA-NSCB Secretary General Jose Ramon Albert said that the country is at the bottom half of the ICT Development Index (IDI) released in 2012, which has “not improved” despite Filipinos’ active social media presence with 93.9 percent penetration rate in Popular social media site Facebook.
“Despite the increase in its IDI from 3.14 in 2011 to 3.34 in 2012, the Philippines did not improve its ranking. This can be attributed to some countries achieving higher IDI scores which consequently outranked us from 2011 to 2012,” Albert said, citing the country’s 98th place in IDI in 2012.
“With its 98th rank, the Philippines is placed at the bottom half of the list along with most African and South Asian countries,” he added.
The secretary general said that the country continuously receive negative remarks from foreign delegates on the slow Internet and Wi-Fi connections available.
“Many friends from developed countries, whenever they visit here, point to the slow Internet and Wi-Fi connections. These observations are confirmed by these statistics,” he said.
“However, we should not be afraid of what these statistics are telling us. They merely point to areas on where we can improve,” Albert added.
Albert also said that the country is the “lowest among the largest economies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).”
“It might be a concern that we have been outranked by Vietnam since 2010 and in 2011, Indonesia outranked us as well,” the PSA-NSCB chief said.
He was citing the IDI where the Philippines was ranked seventh out of 10 Asean member countries, having a score of 3.34 only topping Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.
However, the PSA-NSCB said that the number of telephone subscriptions in the country is continuously increasing from its lowest score of 3.57 in 2010 and 3.74 in 2011 to 4.07 in 2012.