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Digital infra helps boost RP economy, says PGMA

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (3 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo underscored the realization of her visions of establishing digital infrastructure that would help propel the country's economy, and provide thousands of jobs to the Filipinos.

President Arroyo was in Iloilo City February 3 as part of her week-long cyber corridor tour, where she visited the RRLS-Information and Communications Technology and cited the institution's initiatives in advancing the ICT future in this part of the country.

She related how the ICT industry started to grow since 2001 and her administration's support to create human and physical infrastructures that give high-paying jobs to young professionals.

The President after highlighting her other accomplishments in making the Philippine economy resilient against the global financial slowdown, the investment in health care and education, admitted that much work remains to be done.

She said she is determined to turn over to the new government a new Philippines, ?ready to the challenges of bringing the nation to the verge of first world status in 20 years?.

The President's week-long cyber-corridor tour included the top ten next-wave zones: Metro Laguna, Metro Cavite, Iloilo, Davao, Bacolod, Bulacan East, Bulacan West Cagayan de Oro, Lipa City, and Pampanga Central.

Meanwhile, 75 million cellular phone (CP) subscribers have been projected to gain access to efficient communication in the country by the end of Dec., last year as against 4.4 million in year 2000. The internet usage on the other hand, it gained a significant increase during President Arroyo's term, from 1.98 % of population in 2000 to 24.5 % of the population in 2009. (PIA6) [top]

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