The Backbone of Progress

"Discover the crucial role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in education and societal progress in 'The Backbone of Progress'. This blog focuses on the Philippines, a nation grappling with the challenges of ICT in enhancing its educational system and overall network readiness. Highlighting the disparity between rapid internet growth and effective technology use, it critiques the superficial engagement with gadgets and calls for a disciplined approach to ICT. The blog also explores the potential of the K-12 program in integrating technology effectively, preparing students for a modern world where technology is omnipresent. It's a compelling read on how ICT, if utilized wisely, can be the driving force for individual and national development."

Engr. Ervin Goh

11/20/20173 min read

We live in an era of uncertainty and instability. The reason many people do not succeed in the actions they take is that they lack the ability to adapt to the harsh conditions associated with today's fast-paced, continually changing world.

The widespread use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has till now influenced all fields in life, among which lies education. Many countries see ICT as a potential tool for change and innovation in the education field. The Philippines is one of many developing nations that have turned to information and communication technology (ICT) as a tool to improve teaching and learning. Unfortunately, according to GMANews Tv, the Philippines slipped a few notches in a list of network-ready economies, lagging behind its neighbors. But in contrast, the Philippines also have the fastest growing Internet population in the world from 37% in 2013, the Philippines has 43.5 Internet penetration percentile per 100 population as of July 2016, or the equivalent to more than 44 million, according to Internetlivestats.com

For me, even though there is no statistics about the state of ICT in the Philippines, we can clearly determine what it is by merely looking at the factors that affect the Network world. In the aspect of Network society, we can all say that we’re ranking at the top, because almost all population of Filipinos even though the young, adult, rich, or even poor have their own gadgets, and act like a pro while using it. But it is very strange how we jumped to the third stage without improving the antique-like system of the Philippine’s ICT readiness including the poky Network access roaming around the country, and the slow progress of the Network learning. I think the main problem in this country is that it’s tragic like how every time our phone doesn’t have load or our internet connection at home is bad, we feel “disconnected” from the world. It makes us feel like we’re standing on a deserted island with the other islands being far away and unreachable. It feels like there is so little we can do, all because we can’t text and we can’t Google anything we need to know right now. The main problem is the thinking that we should conform to the modern society as soon as possible even though we don’t have enough knowledge on every corners of it. Technology is important by using it in a proper and disciplined way, not because we are using it because we just want to be “in” and make it as the center of our life. All Filipinos are ready in learning ICT, but the problem is the government and the business that manage it, especially the network access, like how one company get all the benefits from the subscribers. There should be more investors and business entrepreneurs to create more Internet Service Providers so that there will always be competition to upgrade and improve their services, because as we can see the entire ISPs we have today is managed by just one company in reality. Also, the government must prioritize the Network learning and Economy so that we will have enough materials to be knowledgeable and equipped in facing the modern world.

We are living in a modern world where gadgets and modern technologies dominate every individual, so we must be ready to every change that will happen. This is the good thing about the implemented K-12 program here on our country because it molds every student not only to be a listener, but also to be a great leader and create their confidence by simply doing activities and reportings by their own way guided by their teacher. Also, it integrates the use of modern technologies and specialize subjects that might really contribute to every student’s future and this includes Information and Communications Technology. The program will be a good way to successfully enhance the Network learning in our country.

The youth of today is mainly focused on technology that promotes instant gratification, whether cell phones, gaming systems, laptops, or MP3 players. Are these technological advancements a good thing for our society? Yes, technology is more of a negative aspect on our society nowadays; it causes individuals to isolate themselves from reality. The advancement of technology has a negative impact on our social interactions because it separates us from the world around us. Individuals are disconnecting themselves from the real world, but with the help of ICT together with the K-12 that will serve as the backbone of progress, we will surely prove to the world that we, the first product of the program is undeniably disciplined enough and will definitely improve the state of our country in the Network World.

Sites Used:

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/scitech/content/154494/global-ranking-of-rp-in-ict-readiness-declines/story/

http://www.dict.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Draft-National-Broadband-Plan-for-commnets-until-5PM_24March2017.pdf