Internet, mobile subscriptions in PH continue to rise - study
MANILA, Philippines – Internet penetration in the Philippines has grown significantly since year 2000, a study by the International Telecommunication Union showed.
According to the study, the percentage of individuals using the internet has grown from 2% in 2000 to 36% in 2012.
The surge of internet users came in 2010, when a jump of 14% was seen from a year before. In 2009, only 9% of individuals in the Philippines were using the internet but the number rose to 25% in 2010.
Compared to other ASEAN countries, the Philippines ranked fourth behind Singapore (74%), Malaysia (65%) and Vietnam (39%).
The number of mobile subscriptions per 100 individuals also rose to 106 in 2012 from only 8 in 2000.
National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) Secretary General Jose Ramon Albert said because of the increase in the use of electronic devices, demand for information and statistics has become not only “more disaggregate” but also “more frequent and timely.”
“This age of gadgets, social media and sensors has increased the public need and expectation for 'knowing (information) in (real) time,'” Albert said in his article “Big Data: Big Threat or Big Opportunity for Official Statistics?”
Albert believes technology will play a key role in helping governments gather data to manage their economies more effectively, noting that in the Philippines, "the data revolution has begun."
"Aside from the development of hazard maps and other useful information by DOST through Project NOAH, the PSS [PH Statistical System] has also been using extensively improved technologies in the design, production, and release of official statistics," Albert said.