A recent survey conducted by US-based research company Gallup shows that only one out of five Filipinos have internet access at home.
The results reflect responses to Gallup’s question — “Does your home have access to the Internet?” wherein 20% of Filipino respondents answered yes. Countries like Singapore and Sweden were reported to have the highest internet access at 93%.
In response, Filipino lawmakers call for cheaper broadband rates to help more Filipinos afford to have internet access at home. Rep. Janette Garin of 1st District of Iloilo, believe that “having internet access will be of big help to Filipinos especially those students who sometimes have to stay late at computer shops to research on their assignments online.” Meanwhile, the National Telecommunications Commission said that it is now implementing projects to improve internet connectivity in the country.
According to Gallup, “a nation’s home Internet access coverage — or lack thereof — has implications for that population’s economic strength and wellbeing as well as the global economy. The more people who have Internet access in their homes, the more likely they are to have easy, around-the-clock access to consume news and information, and in some cases, to sell and buy goods online.” It further added that “home Internet access also has implications for the education of a nation’s youth, the productivity of its workers, and the civic engagement of its citizens.”