HNU gets free Smart wifi

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 7 (PIA)–The day after President Rodrigo Duterte approved the Philippine national Broadband Plan to effect a faster and more reliable communications in the country, Holy Name University in Bohol also partners with Smart Telecommunications for a wireless fidelity (wifi) internet access for its students.
And for that, Smart Communications incorporated allocated 100 megabyte per second (mbps) internet bandwidth to the catholic university, giving students some 30 minutes free internet service daily.
Holy Name University President Fr. Francisco Estepa SVD, pointed out that the provision of SmartWifi in the campus is the third among HNU and Smart partnerships.
He told the modest crowd gathered at the covered shed beside the campus Bates Building that HNU also got Smart suite.
Smart Learning Suite is a facility that combines lesson delivery, assessment, student collaboration and game-based learning software via the Smart Notebook, Smart Lab, Smart Response and Smart Amps.
He also said HNU partnered with Smart on Smart Sports.
This time, Smart Communications incorporated again partnered with HNU on the SmartWifi in the campus.
“Our partnership with Smart has been very beneficial to the school, we do hope that we had mutual benefits with Smart,” Fr. Estepa said.
The partnership allows the HNU community to get 30 minutes free wifi access daily, also gets them free infrastructure in cables, access points, 100 MBPS of internet bandwidth, free facility operation and maintenance, while earning a co-branded set service identification (ssid) and leading page, courtesy of Smart.
For partnering with Smart, HNU also commits to shoulder costs of power used by the facility, provide adequate space for the infrastructure, allows the tapping of the facility to HNU emergency power supply, provides security to the facility and its components, as well as allowing the telecommunications company to advertise its services to students.
For students who want more access time, all they need to do is buy access cards from the school canteen to continue using the service after the free provisions, Smart said.
Signing the agreements were Wifi Team Smart Communications head Regina Pineda, and HNU President Fr. Estepa.
Also witnessing the ceremonies were Smart Area Development Manager Lailane Husain, Fr. Vicente Uy SVD and school professors, students and employees.
Other than HNU, Smart has also put up a fast and reliable wifi connection at the Tagbilaran City Airport, and had been asked to provide the same huge bandwidth at the Tagbilaran City Port, Tagbilaran City Hall, the nw Provincial Capitol and some identified public places. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

Bohol Hosts 5th VICTOR Conference, Creative Congress, Education Summit

Everything starts with a dream and a strong commitment, Gov. Edgar Chatto addressed Information Technology Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry experts and Boholano government, business, academe stakeholders at the three-part forum that was the 5th Visayas ICT Organization (VICTOr) conference, 1st Bohol Education Summit, and 3rd Visayas Creative Congress this week.

The governor along with Usec. Monchito Ibrahim of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) signed commitment to support Bohol’s bid to become IT-BPM investment haven.

He affixed his signature along with Bohol ICT industry stakeholders in pursuing the IT-BPM industry specific 2017 Education Action Plan.

The gathering of industry experts and stakeholders focused on effective talent development and was aimed at linking education and industry needs in order for Bohol to become a major player in the industry, alongside initiatives to meet requirements on infrastructure and business environment.

The education and industry linkage replicates bridging models for already established economic pillars of tourism and agriculture in the province.

The IT BPM industry specific Education Action Plan for 2017 is comprised of priority programs such as faculty development/industry immersion, curriculum development, equipment and facility improvement and center of excellence/development certification.

Its activities include trainings, industry partnerships, establishment of a business incubator, and accomplishing requirements for center of excellence/development certification as part of achieving academic roadmap to support IT BPM industry needs.

The 2-day conference featured industry best practices through sharing from Visayas ICT councils particularly about strategies on opening up the ICT industry in the province. It also highlighted the Philippine IT BPM roadmap 2022, talent development strategies, cybersecurity and governance with particular spotlight on Bohol.

Industry experts included Stephanie Rosalinde Caragos-president of the National ICT Councils of the Philippines, Dan Reyes-president of the IT Business Process Association of the Philippines, Jonathan de Luzuriaga-president of the Philippine Software Industry Association, Penny Bongato-Talent Development Executive Director of IBPAP, Breyvan Tan-managing director of EC Council Singapore.

It also presented creative industries sharing from Alvin Juban-Game Development Association of the Philippines president, JD Abenaza-CEO of Zeenoh Games, John Dave Duenas-Manager of the Technology Business Incubator Center in Bacolod City, Xteve Abanto-Concept artist and Creative Director of 13Headz Studios, and Genesis Rana-founder of UV New School.

According to Dan Reyes, the IT industry brings in $22billion in revenue with over 1.1 million employed and another 1.5 million unique online workers in the country.

The Philippines has over 650+ IT BPM companies, making it the biggest employer next to government and also holds the distinction of being the contact center destination of the world, he reported.

Bohol ICT Council Lai Biliran stated the conference builds on the gains of Bohol being in the limelight of the digital landscape with the launch of Digital Bohol last year and the holding of major IT conferences such as Geeks on the Beach, (Open Collaboration with East Asia New Champions (OCEAN16). (Leah&Jasmine/EDCOM)

VICTOR, CreaCon & Education Conference slated for March 2 & 3

This year the major Information and Communications Technology conference for the Visayas will be hosted in Bohol on March 2. This is brought to us by the Provincial Government of Bohol through the Bohol Investment Promotion Center (BIPC), City of Tagbilaran, DICT, NICP, and VICTOR.

The VICTOR (Visayas ICT Cluster Organisation) Conference brings together the leaders of industry, government the regional tech councils. This is something that should not be missed especially by the leaders and faculty of the educational institutions of Bohol, and local industry leaders.

Under normal circumstances attendees would be primarily from the Visayas, yet this year there are many coming from across the country, perhaps attracted by the natural beauty of our province.

The objective is for decision makers to share best practices and better prepare for the opportunities in the new tech-enabled economy. Attendees will get the latest about the exciting tech developments happening across the country.

A major aim is to bring benefits to Bohol, hence the conference will showcase the opportunities for industry to bring high value jobs here. Visiting experts will mentor to fill gaps such as talent availablity and development.

The following day, the CreaCon will be held, a conference for creatives. The exciting yet demanding digital creative fields of writing, art, animation, graphic design, entertainment and games will be presented and discussed by national experts. Whereas the prior VICTOR day will cater for the established leaders, this day will assist the up and coming players.

Leaders in Education: please register for March 2 VICTOR
Creative Professionals: please register for March 3 CreaCon
Contact Bohol Investment Promotion Center for tickets on 501-8063.

Auza.Net Offers Digital Archiving Services

Auza.Net starts to offer its Digital Archiving Service in January 2017 to organizations with large volume of documents that need to be referenced quickly.  After scanning paper documents and storing the scanned images in a digital archive, the company will then transcribe metadata of the documents and create an index.  The digital archive is then searched using a web browser and the relevant documents may be viewed on the browser or downloaded.

The company already has been providing the service in previous years but only formally offered the service this month.  Currently the company is creating a digital archive for a local government agency.  The documents date as far back as the 90’s and most of these documents exist without known copies.  The agency intends to use the archive as a backup as well as an online reference.

Currently the agency staff physically go through the documents in storage if they are looking for a reference.  When the digital archive is brought online, they can perform the search on the transcribed metadata and will be able to quickly find the documents they need.  In addition to their own use, the digital archive will also be accessible to the public.  This will help lessen the queue of requests to search for the documents at their office.

In addition to creating the digital archive, Auza.Net also offers hosting of the digital archive for customers who do not want to invest on their own servers.   A hosted digital archive is ideal for organizations that allow access to users that are spread out geographically or if public access is allowed.

It will be possible to create multiple copies of the documents at a much lower cost than photocopied hard copies.  A copy of the digital archive on a USB drive or a CD can help preserve the documents as the paper copies will age over time.  Also, damage can occur during a fire, typhoon or flood.  Multiple copies of the archive on different geographical locations can help preserve the content of the documents.

For inquiries, please send email to [email protected] or contact +63 38 5107846.

Bohol, Naga, Davao pilots in connectivity






FORTY national government agencies in one-stop shops in Ubay and Talibon towns?

Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District), chair of the House Committee on Science and Technology said the idea is not far-fetched.

This after Bohol in the Visayas, Naga in Luzon and Davao in Mindanao will be piloted for the first ever satellite-based internet connectivity project.

Aumentado said the project augurs well for a stable connection so that Ubay and Talibon as well as their counterpart towns in Luzon and Mindanao may soon set up these one-stop shops initially with

These will spell savings for residents in these and nearby towns as they may just go to these shops to secure clearances and transact businesses with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Department of Trade and Industry, Social Security System and the like – for an initial 20 agencies.

Aumentado said Ubay and Talibon still has poor connectivity hence he pushed for the inclusion of these towns as project pilots.

Ubay and Talibon, he said, are the most populous towns in Bohol. Both have seaports while Ubay has an airport.

This spells booming business for both towns although at times, he said, the connectivity is poor.

“That is why Ubay and Talibon should get the first crack at better connectivity,” he explained.

This will give Bohol a competitive edge in the wake of the Asean integration, he said.

It is about time that Ubay should level up its business climate. With reliable internet, suppliers can find clients and buyers can find suppliers. Since both parties are working from their respective offices, time lost due to travel can be cut, he explained.

DIGITAL BOHOL prepares for ICT-Educ Summit


GOV. EDGAR M. CHATTO sat with the Bohol Information and Communication Technology Council (BICTC) for a situationer briefing of Bohol’s digital landscape and to brainstorm on the immediate need for an ICT Education Summit for the province at the Governor’s Mansion Tuesday.

Lai Biliran updated the governor about Digital Bohol and presented the data on Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) ranking in the Visayas across varied disciplines as it correlates to the long-haul development agenda of the province and the need for jobs by big industries.

Gov. Chatto and the BICTC members were made to understand how the HEI rankings reflect Boholano institutions’ status as regards to world-class quality education, as compared to that of other learning establishments in other areas in the country.

Ms. Biliran emphasized and explained about the importance of the terms “Center of Excellence” and “Center of Development” as reflected on the HEI rankings and how they reflect a learning institution’s capability and capacity in passing on world-class quality education to its students.

As defined under CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 16 Series of 2015, a Center of Excellence (COE) refers to a teacher education program under a college or department within a HEI, which continually demonstrates excellent performance in the areas of instruction, research and publication, extension and Linkages, institutional qualifications, and exhibit an excellent ability to produce quality pre-service teacher education to meet the needs of progressive teachers for elementary, secondary and special education programs in the Philippines.

To qualify for the selection of COE, the teacher education programs should have passed the initial screening, which includes Level II accreditation/international standing.

To be considered a COE, the total score for the different parameters in the criteria should at least be 75 points.

As to Center of Development (COD), it refers to a teacher education program under a college or department within a higher education institution which demonstrates the potential to become a COE in the future.

To qualify for this, an institution’s teacher education program should have also passed the initial screening, which includes the same level as that of the COD.

But in this case, to be considered a COD, the total score of the different parameters in the criteria should at least be 65 points.

Gov. Chatto studied the data presented to him by Ms. Biliran, where he became a bit concerned for in Region 7, only six from Cebu, one from Dumaguete, and one from Tacloban got the COE and COD designations.

Ms. Biliran then exhaustibly explained that despite the brilliance of students and the excellent education that Boholanos are getting from our very own learning institutions, the degrees that our graduates get from their college education either do not complement, are not related to, or not in parallel with, the job openings of the establishments here.

This is also the reason why our very own graduates look for job vacancies in other areas for Bohol lacks the job opportunities that job seekers could relate to, or in consonance with, what they have learned in school.

This is why Bohol needs to have an ICT Education Summit, Ms. Biliran said, “so we can guide our schools’ individual roadmaps to support industries.”

On February 23-24, a discussion of the Visayas ICT Organizations (VICTor) conference will be held here in Bohol, with a gathering of notable resource persons which, they hope she added, could be redesigned as the ICT Education Summit for the province.

Wrapping up the meeting, the next steps for Digital Bohol were thereafter also discussed.

Prior to the briefing, Gov. Chatto swore in the new set of officers for the BICTC. (JLV/PGBh/EDCom)