Marcos says PH must improve 'pretty low' connectivity rate, reiterates push for digitalization

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) — President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Tuesday underscored the need to boost the connectivity rate throughout the country as he reiterated his administration's push for digitalization.

"Our connectivity rate is still pretty low. We are still below 70% and that's not good enough, especially for an archipelagic country where connectivity is exceedingly important because we have many isolated communities who need some form of communication with the rest of the country [and] the world," Marcos said during his speech at the Telco Summit 2022.

"That is why that is a priority," he stressed. "Whatever system is appropriate, we need to explore it and we need to apply it."

Marcos added that the Philippines would have to be competitive with its neighbors in terms of digitalization — which he also labeled as an important part of the country's post-pandemic recovery.

During the first few months of his term, Marcos ordered officials to prioritize digital connectivity in the country, particularly in reaching remote communities. The chief executive assured the public that the government is "doubling its efforts" to provide cellular and internet services to those living in these areas.