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DTI to IT-BPO sector: we are your partner; Industry expected to be worth $250B by 2022

MAKATI—Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez assured the information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) industry that it can rely on the government as is its partner in carrying out plans, during the general membership assembly meeting of the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) on 22 September. In his keynote speech, Sec. Lopez emphasized the important role that the IT-BPM industry plays in enhancing the country’s competitive advantage as a premiere destination for voice and non-voice services. “The Philippines has been growing at more than twice the global market growth rate over the past five years,” he said, adding that the total global opportunity for outsourced IT-BPM is expected to grow from $166 billion to $250 billion by 2022. With the demand expected to double by 2022, the trade chief called on industry players to work with the government in pursuing a new gameplan that will enable the industry to sustain its positive growth trajectory, create more jobs and contribute to inclusive growth. As the IT-BMP Industry Roadmap 2011-2016 nears conclusion with target revenues of up to $25 billion and an employee base of 1.3 million by year end, the new industry roadmap 2017-2022 is slated to be made public next month. Sec. Lopez added that the IT-BMP sector’s contribution translates to a high value added of about $19,000 per capita by year end, which is projected to further level-up as the sector aims to acquire higher value projects on software development, healthcare information management, creative services and products and engineering services. “Our objective in our partnership with you in this... read more
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Election 2016 VP Tally and Cheating Allegations

By: Jerome Auza The Vice Presidential race has become so heated and allegations of cheating are flying all over traditional media and social media. Technical buzzwords suddenly became topics of conversations which added to the confusion. The terms hash, character encoding, digital signature and many more are discussed by people who are not necessarily experts on these matters. The issues started when Bongbong Marcos initially led the unofficial tally but was quickly overtaken by Leni Robredo. The two candidates now have votes over 13M each but Robredo leads only by a thin margin. Marcos alleged that COMELEC modified the tally. The allegation became somewhat credible because a Smartmatic programmer made a cosmetic change on the software to properly display the enye character which initially showed up as a question mark. To make matters worse, the programmer broke protocol because he did not get an approval from the COMELEC before making the change. Fortunately for the Filipino people, COMELEC did the right process in conducting the random manual audit (RMA). In a previous post, I expressed my worry that the RMA could be manipulated because the initial reports was that the precincts to be audited are to be selected before the elections. However, in the 2016 elections, the actual precincts for audit were selected on May 10 or after the election results were transmitted to the servers. This means any form of cheating at the vote counting machine (VCM) level can be detected. Any modification of tally results can be verified from any of the three independent servers that the VCMs connected to and submitted the results. One server is...

Geeks on a Beach gets bigger and better on its 4th year

The Geeks on a Beach (GOAB) international tech confab, recently held in Panglao, Bohol last August 25-26, has gotten bigger and better on its fourth and present year. Soaring high from its debut in Boracay in 2013, this year’s GOAB made a new breakthrough with its partnership with the iconic US-based tech accelerator Techstars and Facebook’s internet.org “free internet” advocacy. “The Techstars Asia-Pacific Summit, a private gathering of 100 startup weekend leaders in the region, was held in the same venue two days prior to GOAB. This year’s GOAB also featured stronger ties with StartupPH.org, a newly formed umbrella organization of advocates for Philippine startups and tech industry. StartupPH.org includes the core group that completed the Philippine Startup Roadmap in 2015. ” said Tina Amper, TechTalks.ph Founder and GOAB organizer. “Apart from the wider participation of the international community with delegates from the US, Singapore, Malaysia, among others, the recently concluded GOAB was also marked by stronger government support with the inspiring presence of Senator Bam Aquino and Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto,” added Amper. Senator Aquino is a strong proponent of the PH startup bill. Meanwhile, key government supporters from previous GOAB is now part of the newly installed Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). Monchito Ibrahim, who was previous head of the now defunct Department of Science and Technology Information and Communication Technology Office oversaw the crafting of the PH Startup Roadmap in consultation with the startup community, is now Program Director of DICT’s eInnovation. With the theme “Empowering startups, leading change”, GOAB is organized by TechTalks.ph, co-organized by Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), and...

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Kumon PH Holds Advanced Student Forum

Kumon Philippines, Inc. (KPI) held its Advanced Student Forum (ASF) on September 24, 2016 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City. The ASF is an annual event where KPI recognizes the Math and Reading program completers for the past year. It also recognizes Kumon students who are advanced by at least five grade levels. Kumon K of C students who completed Math or Reading programs were recognized during the event. Chief Instructor Dr. Elva E. Auza congratulated her students and said, “I’m very happy that Kumon K of C is gaining grounds in helping kids achieve their dreams. We only had one completer in 2015 but this year, we have nine students. Some of them are also recognized as top ten in their grade level nationwide.” The Math program completers from Kumon K of C are as follows: Theresa Michelle Biliran, Jon Lexis Biliran (top ten), Jesse Biliran (top ten), Bernard Hans Kurt Mortil (top ten), Eunice Chua (top ten), and Andrei Madrangca. The Reading program completers are: Jeremiah Auza Reading Completer (top ten), Peter Paul Jabines (top ten) and Jeorgeiann Suaffield (top ten). Jeremiah Auza was also recognized for being 5 years advanced in Math (top ten). This year’s ASF had the theme “The Legacy Lives On” in celebration of KPI’s 20th year in the Philippines. The ASF in Cebu City is attended by the awardees coming from the Visayas area. There are other ASF events throughout the country every...

Power Patrol Seminar, gipahigayon sa Bohol

TAGBILARAN CITY, September 21 (PIA)–Dul-an 200 ang nitambong sa gipahigayong Power Patrol Seminar on Energy Efficiency and Conservation for Households kagahapon nga gipahigayon sa Metro Centre Hotel, ning syudad. Gipangunahan sa Department of Energy (DOE) kauban sa Philippine Information Agency (PIA), ang maong kalihokan nahisubay sa kampanya sa pag-promote sa wais ug episyenteng paggamit sa elekrisidad sa panimalay, komersiyal ug sektor sa industriyal. Gitambongan ang maong Power Patrol Seminar on Energy Efficiency and Conservation for Households sa mga miyembro sa Association of United Development Information Officers in Bohol (AUDIO-Bohol), mga pangulo sa Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) sa lalawigan sa Bohol, mga barangay kapitan sa syudad sa Tagbilaran, mga piniling school supervisors ug mga tinun-an sa Grade 9 ug Grade 10 sa Department of Education (DepEd) Bohol Division ug Tagbilaran City Division. Si Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II sa iyang welcome message nitumbok sa kamahinungdanon sa aktibong pagsalmot sa pagpa-usbaw sa kahibalo sa konsumidor ug magbinantayon sa pagpanalipod sa katungod sa mga konsumidor. Si Marc Venson sa DOE Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division (EECD) ang nipasabot kalabot sa Magna Carta for Residential Electricity Consumers ug nihatag sa overview sa National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program (NEECP) nga nagdetalye sa mga programa ug polisiya sa DOE kalabot sa pag-promote sa energy efficiency. Samtang si Engr. Eulogio Signe, General Manager sa Bohol Light Company Inc. (BLCI) ang nipasabot kalabot sa “Understanding the Electric Bill” ug “How to Read the Electric Meter”. Ang maong seminar gitambongan usab nila DOE-Visayas Field Office Director Antonio Labios, DOE OIC-Assistant Director Jesus Anunciacion ug PIA-7 Regional Director Minerva Newman. Ang maong kalihokan nahisubay sa...

Auza.Net to Highlight Entrepreneurship on Technology Updates

By: Jerome Auza. For almost a decade now, Auza.Net has been publishing updates on technology relevant to Boholanos and the province. In the past year, we have seen significant efforts by the private and government sectors to encourage startups and entrepreneurship. This Technology Updates page covered many of the events such as Startup Weekends, Geeks on a Beach and various activities related to information and communication technology. There is a need though to highlight and encourage entrepreneurship in Bohol. And for this reason, Auza.Net will start to highlight news relevant to entrepreneurship in Bohol. There has been many programs by various government agencies such as DTI, DOST and the provincial government to support entrepreneurship. Specific focus is on micro, small and medium enterprises that employ a significant amount of the workforce. If you are a government agency, NGO or an entrepreneur yourself and you have news or press releases, you may send these to [email protected] for publication. We will accommodate articles on a first come, first served basis. In this issue for example, we published the press release from DTI about the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP. The event has impact on MSME’s and by publishing this article, we hope to help spread the information to the general public. This year and the next few years will be exciting to the startup community and entrepreneurs in Bohol because significant development in infrastructure are being implemented or lined up for implementation in Bohol. For example, the new airport in Panglao will definitely bring more opportunities in tourism. On top of that, there are plans drawn up to develop a tourism estate...

DOE-Visayas, nipasidaan batok sa paggamit sa LPG-refilled canister

TAGBILARAN CITY, September 14 (PIA)–Gitinguha ang pagdili na sa hingpit sa tanang dapit sa Visayas sa paggamit sa mga liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-refilled butane canister. Matud pa ni Department of Energy (DOE) Visayas Director Antonio Labios, hingpit gyud nga gidili ang paggamit sa LPG-refilled butane canister tungod kay naghatag kini og kakuyaw sa sunog gumikan kay dili na man masubay ang standard nga gikinahanglan alang sa luwas nga paggamit niini. Si Labios nitumbok sa kabalaka sa kaluwasan kalabot sa baratong kantidad sa pagpa-refill sa LPG canister taliwala sa pagdagsang sa mga ilegal o backyard refilling sa LPG o butane canisters. Ang pagpa-refill sa butane canisters nagkantidad lamang gikan P8.50 ngadto sa P12.00 kun itandi sa pagpalit og LPG nga nagkantidad og kapin P200 alang sa 2.5 kilograms ngadto sa P600 alang sa 11 kilograms. Gibutyag ni Labios nga nidagsang ang LPG-refilled canisters sa Mindanao ug Cebu ug nagsugod na karon og tubo sa Negros Oriental ug Leyte. Ang DOE-Visayas nakatala na og tulo ka pagbuto tungod sa paggamit sa LPG-refilled butane canisters sa Cebu apan wala hinuo’y natala nga na-angol sa maong pagbuto. Gipalig-on na karon sa DOE-Visayas ang pag-monitor sa mga ilegal o backyard refilling sa LPG sa tibuok rehiyon apan matud pa ni Labios nga limitado lamang ang ilang aksiyon tungod sa kakulang sa manpower diin may 6 lamang ka inspectors alang sa tibuok rehiyon. Ubos sa Presidential Decree 1865, ilegal ang pagnegosyo, pagbaligya, pag-distribute o paghakot sa LPG-refilled canisters ug kadtong mapamatud-ang molapas niini pahamtangan og duha hangtud sa lima ka tuig nga pagkabilanggo ug multa nga nagkantidad og P20,000 taman P50,000....

Pamilya Garay sa Can-upao, Jagna, mo-representar sa nat’l level sa Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya

TAGBILARAN CITY, September 13 (PIA)–Ang pamilya Garay gikan sa Can-upao, Jagna ning lalawigan sa Bohol ang napiling regional winner sa Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya ning tuig sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Human sa pagdaog sa regional search niadtong Hulyo 7, 2016, ang pamilya nilang Vicente ug Marissa Garay, mo-representar sa DSWD-7 alang sa national competition nga nipili lamang sa lima ka pamilya gikan sa 16 ka regional entries. Ang pamilya Garay makigtigi sa uban pang pamilya gikan sa Rehiyon III, IV-A,V ug VI karong Setyembre 30. Samtang ang national awarding ipahigayon sa syudad sa Quezon karong Oktubre 1 nga natunong sa culmination sa Family Week celebration nga gisaulog matag katapusan nga semana sa Setyembre. “Dili g’yud namo maukit sa pulong among kalipay sa pagkadaug sa among pamilya kay ang among nadawat nga ganti nakatabang ug daku sa among pamilya ilabi na nga graduating among anak nga si Ivy ug daghan kaayong galastuhanan,” matud pa ni Marissa. Si Ivy ang ilang kamagulangan nga gipaabot nga matapos sa electrical engineering karong Oktubre. Sunod niya si Rose Marie nga naa na karon sa 3rd year college nga nikuha sa kursong Bachelor of Education, sunod si Prince nga naa pa sa day care ug ang ilang kamanghuran nga si Vincent Ian nga lima ka bulan pa lamang. Samtang ang ubang anak nila nga sila Aria Venice, Lee Mark ug Vic Jun mga children-beneficiaries sa Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program nga nagtungha sa Bohol Institute of Technology-Jagna ug Jagna Central Elementary School. Si Vicente usa ka active religious leader ug usa ka mangingisda samtang si Marissa usa ka katabang sa panimalay nga mokita...

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