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70 million Filipinos remain digitally unconnected

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by capslocked, Aug 30, 2015.

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    Although the Philippines has been repeatedly hailed as a leader in the use of social media over the past few years, multinational technology company Intel reveals that there are 70 million Please or Register to view links who remain to be digitally unconnected.

    During a recent event that is part of the ‘DigiBayanihan’ program of Intel Philippines held at the Asian Institute of Management, Intel Southeast Asia Managing Director Prakash Mallya said that there is still “a growing gap in digital skills that needs to be addressed in order to fully take advantage of the benefits of the digital age.”

    Mallya added that the 70 million Filipinos “can change the landscape of the Philippines” if only they have access to digital platforms.

    According to Mallya, the Please or Register to view links initiative, which has the “Volunteer. Empower. Improve.” motto, is their company’s way of putting the significance of digital literacy at the forefront.

    With the help of volunteers called as the ‘DigiBayanis’, comprehensive digital skills training are facilitated, outreach efforts are conducted, and more volunteers are oriented.

    The other organizations that pledged partnership with Please or Register to view links in this endeavor are Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST), National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO), Philippine Society of IT Educators (PSITE), and Technical Vocational Schools and Associations of the Philippines (TEVSAPHIL).

    In an Please or Register to view links report, Intel Philippine Country Manager Calum Chrisholm shared that the goal is “to close the digital divide,” which basically means that everyone should be included and become well educated about the workings of the digital sphere.

    Further, Chrisholm said that being connected with the rest of the nation, and with the rest of the world for that matter, may not only be considered as a form of empowerment but can also be seen as a clear manifestation of a community’s development.

    He also acknowledged the initiatives of the Department of Science and Technology in reaching out to far-flung areas by providing free wireless internet connection.
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