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GOAB4 is coming: Int’l tech &startup conference set in Panglao on August 2016

The “Geeks on a Beach” (GOAB) international tech and startup conference, which has greatly contributed in empowering Philippine startups, will return for the fourth year in the scenic island of Panglao in Bohol this August 25-26, 2016. This was announced by TechTalks.ph and the new Department of Information and Communications Technology (formerly DOST-ICTO) which co-organizes the event since 2013 as well as the MVP companies — PLDT SME Nation, Ideaspace, SmartDevNet, PLDT Innolab, Smart Communications — which are co-presenting the event this year. The 4th GOAB, a unique confab featuring the cutting-edge of the tech world in a laid-back atmosphere, is the first startup event to be held right after President Benigno S. Aquino III signed the bill creating the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) last month. “Even better days are coming. The Philippine startup community is one of the sectors that have lobbied for the creation of the DICT. We hope DICT will continue to work together with various public-private stakeholders to empower startup communities to drive faster economic growth,” said Mon Ibrahim,Deputy Executive Director. With the theme “Empowering startups, leading change”, GOAB4 will once more highlight communities of startups or innovation-driven enterprises based on software or apps, which have seen remarkable growth in the Philippines in the last few years. “We are looking at startups taking the lead in strategically leveraging opportunities offered by a bigger regional market of ten countries with some 617 million people and a combined GDP of US $2.1 trillion opened up by the Asean integration,” added Ibrahim. He said GOAB can be a platform in putting Philippine startups at the... 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...

GOAB4 is coming: Int’l tech &startup conference set in Panglao on August 2016

The “Geeks on a Beach” (GOAB) international tech and startup conference, which has greatly contributed in empowering Philippine startups, will return for the fourth year in the scenic island of Panglao in Bohol this August 25-26, 2016. This was announced by TechTalks.ph and the new Department of Information and Communications Technology (formerly DOST-ICTO) which co-organizes the event since 2013 as well as the MVP companies — PLDT SME Nation, Ideaspace, SmartDevNet, PLDT Innolab, Smart Communications — which are co-presenting the event this year. The 4th GOAB, a unique confab featuring the cutting-edge of the tech world in a laid-back atmosphere, is the first startup event to be held right after President Benigno S. Aquino III signed the bill creating the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) last month. “Even better days are coming. The Philippine startup community is one of the sectors that have lobbied for the creation of the DICT. We hope DICT will continue to work together with various public-private stakeholders to empower startup communities to drive faster economic growth,” said Mon Ibrahim,Deputy Executive Director. With the theme “Empowering startups, leading change”, GOAB4 will once more highlight communities of startups or innovation-driven enterprises based on software or apps, which have seen remarkable growth in the Philippines in the last few years. “We are looking at startups taking the lead in strategically leveraging opportunities offered by a bigger regional market of ten countries with some 617 million people and a combined GDP of US $2.1 trillion opened up by the Asean integration,” added Ibrahim. He said GOAB can be a platform in putting Philippine startups at the...

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DTI CONDUCTS COOKERY TRAINING IN DUERO

DTI Bohol, through TESDA conducts a 2 ½ month training on Basic Cookery in Duero, Bohol. The training which ran from March 18 to May 21 this year, was one of the activities under the Bottom Up Budgeting (BUB) Program of the municipality, which is implemented by DTI. Some twenty nine (29) out-of-school youth, teachers and working mothers were trained on the preparation of different dishes and desserts, as well as on the proper use of kitchen utensils and equipment. TESDA Certificates were issued to the graduates during the culmination exercises last June 23 at the Duero Function...

Bohol seeks RDC endorsement for P96.973M peace, security projects

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 23, (PIA) – Bohol pushes forward some P96.973 million worth of projects in support of peace, security and development and proposes for the Regional Development Council (RDC) in Central Visayas to endorse the lump of projects for funding to at last four concerned national agencies. The lump of projects, 17 of them came out during various consultations with communities from the different towns in Bohol as facilitated by the Community Development Project (CDP) teams Purok Power Movement (PPM) or Prosperity Teams. It may be recalled that the concerted efforts of Local Government Units, national government, civil society organizations, peoples’ organizations successfully mounted a unified effort to oust the hounding problem of insurgency, not much by the military force, but by directing the fight to alleviating poverty and creating jobs. To maintain Bohol status as conflict and insurgency-free province, the Provincial Government ensured open lines of dialog between government and the populace through the deployment of CDP PPM teams, especially to distressed areas. From these dialogs, consulted communities identified priority development projects that they believe could end the resorting to armed conflicts by opening up the tables for talks and negotiations. After a series of validation and community workshops, development authorities identified four potential government agencies which Bohol could tap for funding support and have endorsed them to the Provincial development Council, according to Provincial Planning and Development Officer Atty John Titus Vistal. Identified for Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) funding are the construction of concrete rubble and masonry with apron river dike to solve the flooding problems of Barangay Casbu, Guindulman town, the construction...

DSWD continues relief opns to El Nino victims

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 23, (PIA) –Responding to the effects of the long dry season and the searing heat brought about by the El Nino, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) mobilized its resources to bring crucial relief to distressed communities in the island barangays of Bohol. And, for its initial mobilization, DSWD Bohol reports the delivery of relief food and water packs to 22,771 individuals in 14 towns, most of them from the deprived sectors. DSWD Bohol Chief Papiasa Bustrillos said with local resources, they are constrained to prioritize the distribution of rice, canned goods and water to families of farmers and fishermen of Bohol’s island barangays and towns, them being severely affected by the long dry season. The drought brought about by the El Nino has not just damaged millions of pesos worth of agriculture, its searing and persistent heat ruined the multi-million seaweeds industry feeding thousands of seaweed farmers in the island barangays of northern Bohol, Bustillos revealed over at Kapihan sa PIA. Right now, we are again continuing to pack more relief to be delivered to other areas in Bohol needing such, she said, adding that the delivery however depends on the availability of trucks from Bohol Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Council (PDRRMC). We also intend to ask the Congressman from the Second District, Congressman Aristotle Aumentado to lend us his boat so we could deliver the goods to other islets, she said, as she hinted that the office continues with the relief despite the sudden change in climate from drought to a possible extremely wet. The repacking, she added, is based on...

ABS-CBN gives school building cum evacuation hub in Getafe

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 21 (PIA)–In ten months, army engineers completed a P3.6 million disaster resilient school building that can double as evacuation center for Campao Oriental in Getafe town. Barangay chairman Pedrito Sobiono Jr., said the 3 class room building, which was part of ABS CBN Sagip Kapamilya Foundation’s help in earthquake rehabilitation, came as much needed help for the school which still have classrooms needing immediate rehabilitation, a week after the formal class opening. The new building, which costs more that the P1.2 million allocated for every classroom stand in contrast to a single classroom beside it, with two of its walls totally toppled by the quake. The agreement was for ABS-CBN Foundation to fund new fully furbished three classroom building, for Mariwasa to put up the tiles in the accompanying toilet per room, the army engineers to implement the project and for the community to render volunteer jobs as labor counterpart according the Bohol’s Bayanihan Project, Sobiono Jr., explained. “It is generally more than P3.6 million,” Parents Teachers Association (PTA) President Albert Melecio added, pointing out that the “building could withstand 170 kilometer winds and is earthquake proof.” “Over 400 parents took turns in volunteering a day every week and we figured it was just fair as we spent nothing to get the building,” Campao Oriental High School principal Bobet Cortez added. ABS-CBN Foundation representative and television anchor Bernadette Sembrano picked on the incredible partnership in Bohol which had the army, Department of Education, Provincial Government, Municipal, barangay governments, groups like the PTA and her company had struck, even as she said partnerships always pose a huge...

DepEd to track over 5,000 “missing” senior hi studes

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 21, (PIA)–The Department of Education (DepED) in Bohol is still consolidating reports to trace around 5,000 Grade 10 student completers who have not shown up for senior high in the public schools, a week after the opening of classes June 13. DepED information Officer Lope Hubac, however believed these students could be already enrolled in the private schools or have moved to the city, in what is apparently a thinking that they need a new environment after completing junior years in the public schools. Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA Thursday, Hubac said the DepEd, who has kept a record of junior high school student completers said about 19,152 students completed Grade 10 and eligible to take the senior high school. But, after the beginning days of the opening of classes, only 14,134 completers have registered and are enrolled for the senior high schools. The DepEd implements this school year 2016-2017, the first year for senior high school, to be Grade 11 and continues with the Grade 12 by next year, when the first batch of senior high school students graduate. In a talk with district supervisors, Hubac said a mandate to track these students has been given and the Division office could get hold of the reports within the succeeding weeks. For these students, he said the most probable thing is that they have transferred to Tagbilaran City, which has “more equipped schools” to implement senior high schools, or have transferred to the private high schools. Hubac, who was among the Division Field Assistance Teams, sent out to monitor the opening of classes and the...

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