Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (PGMA) just had 9th and “last” SONA (State of the Nation Address) yester. i found this nice article from abs-cbnnews where they somehow outlined PGMA’s “State of the Philippine IT Address” – IT initiatives duringher term.
since PGMA took the post, internet users grew from 2M in 2000 to 20M+ as of march of this year, which put Philippines to 7th in asia with the most number of internet users.
in around November 2008, the Nielsen survey showed that 85% of all online users from total urban Philippines are from the Class D and E socioeconomic classes while the rest are from Class ABC.
as early as 2004, CyberSecurity has been thought of but attempts didn’t materialize. later the Anti-Fraud and Computer Crimes Division of the National Bureau of Investigation (AFCCD-NBI) was born.
others not mentioned in the article, which i’d like to add are the continuous influx of bpo’s, oppportunities for better broadband services, anti-piracy, privacy (data protection act), and of course the most recent anti-cyberboso/sex bills (triggered by Hayden Kho’s vids) were also launched during her term.
lastly of course, one of PGMA’s most notable tech landmark (yet) would be the 2010 poll automations.
definitely so much has happened during PGMA’s term with regards to the country’s IT growth. i bet all IT PINOYs hope that this continue to whoever would take oath to office next year. reminder: no politicking talk here – just pure tech talk!
read more [abs-cbnnews.com]