looks into mobile phone effects
on RP society
Social Development Research Center (SDRC) of De La Salle University-Manila
recently started a research project titled “Mobile Phone Usage
and Its Implications in the Philippines,” which is being funded
by the Embassy of Finland in the Philippines and Nokia Philippines.
The lead persons for the project are SDRC Project Director
Dr. Raul Pertierra of Behavioral Sciences Department and Dr.
Eduardo Ugarte, senior research fellow from the History Department.
Pertierra said the project is a basic research that will look
into the effects of mobile phone technology on Philippine
society and how the Filipinos adopt the technology.
The research will touch on the political dimension of cellular
phone use. It will look into the role of mobile phones in
facilitating political mobilizations or activities like the
People Power 2 phenomenon in January this year and a similarly
huge mass action by Estrada supporters a few months later.
At the same time, the project also aims to determine the effects
of the said technology on the personal level. It will identify
the effects of cellular phones on how individuals view themselves.
In particular, the study will focus on Filipinos’ use of the
text messaging system, a telecommunications service that is
more widely popular in the Philippines as compared to countries
like Australia and Finland.
Pertierra said the basic research aims to set the pace for
more researches on the subject.
The budget for the research project reached almost P1 million.
The Memorandum of Agreement for the research was signed on
October 24 by Ambassador Raimo Anttola on behalf of the Embassy
of Finland and SDRC Director Exaltacion Lamberte, with Simo
Hoikka of Nokia Philippines, Inc. as witness.