The Philippines slipped five places to rank 60th in the world in Surfshark’s 5th annual Digital Quality of Life Index.
The index is an annual study that ranks 121 countries by their digital wellbeing based on five core pillars.
The Philippines performed best in internet quality, claiming 21st place, while facing challenges in internet affordability, at 104th. The nation ranks 45th in e-security, 54th in e-infrastructure and 64th in e-government.
It showed the Philippines surpassed Indonesia (67th), but lagged behind Malaysia (37th). In Asia, the Philippines took 17th place, with Singapore the leader in the region.
“In many nations, ‘digital quality of life’ has merged into the broader concept of overall ‘quality of life’. There’s no other way to look at it now that so many daily activities, including work, education, and leisure, are done online. That’s why it’s crucial to pinpoint the areas in which a nation’s digital quality of life thrives and where attention is needed, which is the precise purpose of the DQL Index,” said Gabriele Racaityte-Krasauske, Surfshark’s spokeswoman.