The Philippines jumps up 8 places in Global Information Technology Report

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The report says (p.25): “Improving its position both within the ASEAN group and overall, the Philippines climbs eight places to reach the 78th position. With a significant improvement in its overall score, the country continues its positive trend. The scores of all the 10 networked readiness pillars register an increase. A significant improvement in the perceived efficiency in the country’s legal system and property rights protection drive the political and regulatory environment up to 87th place. ICT readiness is the other area where the Philippines improves the most, thanks to a more affordable (75th) access to ICT infrastructure and better skills (69th), despite the need for higher quality in the educational system. Business usage is, as in many other Asian economies, at a more advanced stage (43rd) than individual usage (91st). Progress made in terms of economic impacts registered last year continues this year, moving up eight positions and reaching 48th place. The role of ICTs in fostering innovation by creating new products and services (42nd) and organizational models (28th) is confirmed and contributes to this promising result.”

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Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

Cocoy is also the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project.

Cocoy considers himself to be Liberal.

  • The ratings seem accurate, intuitively. High literacy rate, lots of red tape. If DOST were to use this list as a guide for how to improve Philippine technology proficiency, it would certainly point to some ways. For example, get more computers into homes and better broadband service, I have argued for internet based education with every high school student plugged in via tablet and broadband companies mandated to provide special educational rates. The Philippines should be thinking about how to get ahead of the curve, not just catch up.