It is ironical that in a country that is known as world’s Facebook capital, the penetration level of computer access and use in the provinces is dismally low. Department of Education records from 2006 show that there were one computer for every 25,000 student population.
There are no recent figures but that figure could have grown as the Philippine population reaches close to 100 million and the K to 12 program requires the opening of more schools and increases student population substantially.
As I read this post from the Asiancorrespondent.com (http://asiancorrespondent.com/54475/philippines-named-the-social-networking-capital-of-the-world-indonesia-malaysia-amongst-top-10/), I realize that as in everything else in life here, there is a big disparity between rich and poor Filipinos; and people living in the cities and urban areas and those living in the provinces.
While those in the cities have access to computers to propel the country to the “elite status” as far as Facebook or computer use is concerned, those in the provinces have no computers to use or earn from.
Here’s part of the article:
Philippines named social networking capital of the world
By Jon Russell May 15, 2011 12:30PM UTC
Asia dominates the world’s biggest social networking markets according to research from blog 24/7 Wall Street who compiled a list of countries where Facebook penetration (usage per population) is highest.
The Philippines tops the list with 93.9 percent of the nation reportedly signed up to Facebook, the full list is below with the summary from each Southeast Asian market following.
- Philippines 93.9%
- Israel 91%
- Turkey 90.9%
- Chile 90.2%
- Argentina 89.2%
- Malaysia 88.4%
- Indonesia 87.5%
- Peru 87.2%
- Colombia 86.9%
- Venezuela 86.2%
> Facebook: 93.9%
> Twitter: 16.1%
> LinkedIn: 1.9%
> Internet Use: 29.7%
Social network penetration is incredibly high in the Philippines, reaching 95%. Facebook is the country’s most popular website, more so than Google, and has a penetration rate of 93.9%. The Philippines is also the eighth most popular country for Twitter use on a global scale, with a penetration rate of 16.1%. The popularity of photo sharing has increased by 46% in the country in one year, largely due to Facebook. Social networking is so popular among Filipinos, the country has been nicknamed “The Social Networking Capital of the World.”
> Facebook: 88.4%
> Twitter: 10.8%
> LinkedIn: 2.9%
> Internet Use: 64.6%
Malaysia has the second-highest social network penetration in Southeast Asia, with 91%. One of the most increasingly popular social-networking activities in the country is photo-sharing on sites such as Facebook. From 2009 to 2010, the popularity of online photo-sharing increased by 57% in Malaysia. This is the second greatest percentage among Southeast Asian countries.
> Facebook: 87.5%
> Twitter: 22.0%
> LinkedIn: 1.3%
> Internet Use: 12.3%
Social network penetration in Indonesia is the third greatest in Southeast Asia as of the beginning of 2011, at 90% of those people online. According to comScore, the country’s high adoption rates are due “almost exclusively” to Facebook. In January 2011, 22% of Indonesian Internet users visited Twitter, the fourth-greatest share among all countries. Indonesia, however, has the smallest percentage of Internet users among the countries on this list — 12.3%.
It is sad that as we are crowned world’s Facebook capital, most computer users use the Internet through computer cafes, mobile phones or from their neighbours computers where parents have no supervision over how their children uses them. It is no wonder that some local governments in Metro Manila are making a crackdown on computer shops allowing elementary and high school kids to access porn sites, into which they have become addicted to.
It is for this reason that we at the Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library have decided to link up with the computer drive program of ABS-CBN to collect and share old but functioning computer to public schools in rural areas. We believe that the schools are the best institutions for students to use the computers safely and properly.
Last week, Kris Library gave two computers – one of which was donated by the women’s group Quota International – for a computer school in Zambales that has few computers for students to actually learn from them.
In the past, Kris Library already gave six computers to the Lamisahan Elementary school and the Manicahan Community Clinic in Zamboanga City; as well as the Kris Library and day-care center run by the Claretian Missionary priests in a resettlement site for Typhoon Ondoy victims in Rodriguez, Rizal.
Our Kris Library in Zamboanga is likewise equipped with eight computers free of use by the students without computers to use in their schools.
But with few resources to ship donated computers in the provinces, we believe a tie-up with ABS-CBN’s Ako Ang Simula program will greatly help our cause spread the magic and blessings of computers use.
Please support our computer drive project and bridge the gap between the computer have-and-have-nots in the country.
Please also watch Ako Ang Simula in ABS-CBN tomorrow to know more about this project.