The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) headed by Acting Secretary Emmanuel Rey “Manny” R. Caintic conducted the DICT Press Briefing 2022 on March 29, 2022, at the DICT office in Quezon City.

“While we have come a long way in terms of Internet speeds during this administration, a lot more remains to be done to achieve nationwide connectivity. Digital infrastructure is the only way to go if we want to improve the internet connectivity in our country. There are still a lot of underserved and unserved areas. Digital infrastructure investments can change that.” Secretary Caintic stated.

As of February 2022, there are 79.66 million internet users in the Philippines and 72.7 percent Internet user penetration rate according to Statista.com with median download speed of 18.79 megabits per second (Mbps) for mobile internet and 49.10 Mbps for fixed broadband according to Ookla Speedtest.

“The DICT supports the digitalization of the country’s government, industries, and communities by establishing our equivalent Build programs for the National Digital Infrastructure to provide quality, affordable, and extensive connectivity for Filipinos in line with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Build, Build, Build program and address the relatively slow Internet speeds in the country due to lack of fiber and cell towers in the country,” he stated.

The plan to build the National Digital Infrastructure is to connect areas with little or no access to the Internet, especially in areas inaccessible to private companies. Currently, the program focuses on helping telecommunication companies in their investments and infrastructure which can translate into their savings that can trickle down into lowering the service costs for the consumers. The DICT aims to sustain the continuity of the initiative by creating a snowball effect where it can gain momentum up to the point that it becomes unstoppable. March 29 also marks the Internet day in the Philippines when it established its first Internet connection. Now on its 28th year since the country went online in 1994, Secretary Caintic urged everyone to enjoin DICT and support its programs to pursue the goal to connect all Filipinos to the Internet. “I am sure that all of the candidates are in unison. They are all aware of this program and if they see the effectiveness and impacts of this program, they will see this through. Together, we shall connect and enable more Filipinos to participate in the global digital economy,” he added.