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    • @anjocerdena , I worked for several years for a company with a strong presence in Asia and did several projects with colleagues from Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.  As a result, I’ve developed a life-long fascination with the culture, development and business environment.

      Would you mind if I ask a few questions on the Philippines that I’m curious about.

      How common is internet use in the schools?

      Compared to ten years ago, do you see more young people decide to start their own business?

    • It would be hard for me to describe the internet situation just because I've gotten used to the speeds here. My tolerance for it is likely higher than yours. So I asked my Dutch friend what he thought of it when he stayed here. Here's what he said:

      I did have issues with the internet. And I guess he will as well. We are spoiled with fast internet.

      I haven't been to the areas you mentioned so I can't make an assessment either. However, OpenSignal has a detailed report on speeds per region. I hope this enlightens you!

    • That's actually another thing I liked about G+. I always keep up with the few people and topics that I followed. It's manageable. Because people don't post too often (except during events), I don't have to check back too many times. One weekend is enough to catch up with friends without the next thing taking over the feed. I also have control on which feeds to browse. I can add all my friends and family, but I can adjust how much of their posts show up on my feed.

    • I wouldn't mind at all!

      How common is internet use in the schools?
      Unfortunately, I've been disconnected from the education sector for some time now so I can't answer this with certainty. However, I don't believe it's common yet, especially not outside the big cities. There have been efforts in recent years to have a national broadband network that will connect government offices and public schools, but I don't believe that has rolled out widely yet. The Department of Information and Communications Technology was created less than 3 years ago and it seems like the current priority is to encourage the entrance of a 3rd telecom company (to break the duopoly between Globe and Smart).

      Compared to ten years ago, do you see more young people decide to start their own business?
      It would seem so. The internet definitely helped a lot of young people realize how they can make money online. There's been a notable rise in the number of freelancers and I have seen college students take shots at being online 'influencers'. I think the efforts are mostly individual for now and a lot of it is unregistered, so I don't know if you can really call those businesses.