By BicolToday.com Staff
QUEZON CITY, 27March2017 (BicolToday.com) – Barangays in Quezon City were urged to provide free internet services to enable the public to access government services online.
The Quezon City Council has passed Resolution 7005-2017, principally authored by Councilor Aly Medalla, urging all barangays to provide free internet access, citing this move as necessary to support the technological capabilities and needs of residents, especially those who still do not have internet access.
“Despite the fact that almost each Filipino owns at least one phone or mobile device, a significant portion of the population still do not benefit from internet access,” the resolution read.
According to the 2014 edition of the State of Broadband report, only 37 percent of Filipinos were able to use the internet in 2013, which is below the world average of 37.9 percent.
The findings have placed the Philippine ranking 106 out of 191 countries evaluated.
In Southeast Asia, four countries beat the Philippines in terms of internet penetration – Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Vietnam.
Singapore placed 35th as 73% of its population were able to access the internet in 2013.
Malaysia is at the 45th sport (67%), Brunei Darussalam at 51st (64th.5%); and Vietnam at 89th (43.9%).
Other ASEAN countries were in the lower half of the list including Thailand at 116th(28.9%); Indonesia at 138th (15.8%); Laos at 147% (12.5%); Cambodia at 166th (6%); and Myanmar at 189th (1.2%). [BicolToday.com]