DTI Iloilo reports usefulness of internet cafes
by T. Villavert
Iloilo City (2 February) -- Internet cafés are reaching more Ilonggos and allowing them to access to the information superhighway, said DTI-Iloilo Director Wilhem Malones.
Their popularity shows the eagerness of Filipinos to use the Internet, Malones said as he emphasized that if you don't have a computer at home, you simply go to any of the internet cafes and have access to the internet services.
Students are usually using the internet cafes for their researches, and likewise many people use them when traveling to access webmail and instant messaging services to keep in touch with family and friends.
The DTI-Iloilo Director disclosed in PIA interview that there around 160 internet cafes in the city and province of Iloilo.
The development of digital infrastructure in the country gained momentum during President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo?s term to improve literacy and the quality of education, particularly with students and residents to have access to useful information on the Internet.
The internet usage gained a significant increase during her term, from 1.98 % of population in 2000 to 24.5 % of the population in 2009.
Affording the public to access to information at cheaper cost is President Arroyo?s milestone in digital infrastructure improvement. (PIA6) [top]