PLDT, Globe seen selling their16,000 towers

PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. will likely end up selling their wireless communications towers to any of the seven independent private firms putting up new towers for collective use, Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. said Sunday.

“We see both PLDT and Globe eventually assigning their 16,000 towers to any or all of the non-aligned firms providingshared towers, now that the government has permitted at least seven of them to operate,” Campos, a deputy minority leader, said.

“They (PLDT and Globe) will likely consolidate and spin off their tower assets into separate subsidiaries, and then put them up for saleto the independent tower entities,” Campos, who is counting on common towers to quickly boost Internet connectivity all over the country, said.

Campos made the statement after the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) authorized Aboitiz InfraCapital Inc. (AIC) to build new towers for shared use.

AIC became the sixth entity authorized by the DICT to construct new common towers after ISOC Infrastructures Inc.; ISON ECP Tower Pte. Ltd.; IHS Holding Ltd.; edotco Group SdnBhd; China Energy Equipment Co. Ltd. and RT Telecom Sdn Bhd.

“The immediate beneficiary of new commontowers isthe Mislatel consortium – the third telecommunications player that the government has brought in precisely to drive competition in the supply of superior Internet services,” Campos said.

Campos has been batting for improved public access to faster Internet connection speeds at a lower price.

He is author of a bill that seeks to reclassify Internet access as a “basic telecommunications service” so that regulators may compel suppliers to provide rising connection speeds under pain of harsh administrative fines.

“With seven independent private firmsracing to put up new towers for collective use, the Mislatel consortiumshould be able to swiftly scale up Internet service coverage, since it can opt tojust lease the new structures,” Campos said.

The consortium would spend less to build fewer towers on its own, thus enabling itto spend more for fasternetwork expansion, Campos said.

“As a business model, tower sharing is nothing new. In fact, one of the Fortune 500 firms is American Tower Corp., which owns and operates over 170,000 shared wireless and broadcast communications sites in 13 countries,” Campos said.

To improve Internet connectivity, the DICT said the country may need to roll outsome 50,000 newtowers on top of the 16,000 already built by PLDT and Globe.

Fin-tech Dragonpay gathers top digital platforms in Cebu summit

Seven key players of e-commerce and social media platforms will be helping grow local SMEs with the latest in finance technology during the first DIGIBEEZ Summit on March 20, 2019, at Seda Hotel, Cebu City.

The digital business summit organized by the local finance technology firm Dragonpay is expected to gather Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Central Visayas.

With the theme “Digibeez: Growing the hive of finance technology”, Dragonpay aims to connect with local businesses and share fintech best practices through the event.

With speakers from reknowned e-commerce and social media platforms such as Sam Leblanc, Sales Manager of Google; Ash Mandhyan, Client Solutions Head of Facebook; Martin Yu, Business Intelligence Head of Shopee; Allan Brizuela, President of Black Arrow; Itamar Gero, Founder and CEO of Truelogic; Ron Baetiong, Founder and CEO of Chatbox PH, and Denise Haak, CEO of Quiddity, we are optimistic that this event will open better business opportunities for the local business sector,” said Robertson Chiang, founder and COO of Dragonpay Corp.

“This event will help entrepreneurs and the business community learn ways to increase revenue and expand their business through online payments and related services”, Chiang added.

Dragonpay is a Filipino-owned finance company that helps facilitate alternative payment schemes for online shoppers without bank accounts or credit cards. Its mission is to make e-commerce available to all Filipinos.

For over eight years, Dragonpay has become a trailblazer in the finance technology (fintech) industry with over 118 million completed transactions and 11 million unique users, most of whom are based in the Philippines. With this success, Dragonpay has created a buzzing hive for local businesses.

There will be opportunities to network with the speakers and fellow business participants after the talks. To register for DIGIBEEZ fintech summit, go to https://digibeez.dragonpay.ph/ or contact 0977 324 2487, 0919 967 5257.

DOST RSTW 2018 brings STI Interactive exhibits to Bohol

The Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Bohol brings in an interactive exhibit of science and technology innovations, technical fora to present to students and the science and community a chance to see how science concepts work and how these are applied to bring in technological development, at the Island City Mall, Tagbilaran City November 14-16, 2018.
The events also coincide with the 2018 Central Visayas Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) celebration carrying the theme: “Science and technology for the People: Innovation for Collective Prosperity,” according to Bohol PSTC Provincial Director VinaAntopina.
The celebration also brings to Bohol DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña, who together with DOST undersecretary for research and development Rowena Cristina Guevara, DOST 7 Regional Director EdilbertoParadela and local officials led by Governor Edgar Chatto, House Committee for Science and Technology Representative Erico Aristotle Aumentado, and Congressmen Rene Relampagos, Arthur Yap and City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II to witness the proclamation of DOST 7 Science and Technology Ambassadors, launching of newly approved SET-UP Bohol Projects and the opening of science and technology exhibits.
DOST RD Paradela said this year’s “RSTW highlights how science, technology and innovations (STI) play a major role in achieving national development.”
PD Antopina, in an interview earlier said they haggled to bring the exhibits in Bohol, considering that other regions are also pulling for the exhibits in their areas.
The exhibit in Bohol for this year will simulate an ecosystem of how STI work together for the progress of a community, Paradela added.
“Here, technologies developed by the DOST and its attached agencies, as well as its partners, will be displayed for the first time via interactive displays in four clusters namely: STI at Home, STI in School, STI in the Workplace and STI in the Marketplace,” Antopina revealed.
Aside from the STI main exhibits, DOST also brings in corollary technical for a set at the Atrium of the Island City Mall, from November 15 to 16.
The DOST technical forum is also grouped in a thematic presentation of harnessing STI for Education and STI for Enterprise Development.
For the academe, included in the technical fora is Boholano educator Dr. Christopher Bernido and President of the Central Visayan Institute in Jagna as well as academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology, who will speak about “Harnessing STI in the Academe Sector.
Science Education Institute’s Director, Dr. Josette Biyo would talk about Building the Science Culture and reintroduce the DOST Scholarship Program.
For Value Creation from S and T Innovations, is Office of the Director Advance Science and Technology Institute Acting Director, Dr. Joel Joseph Mariano Jr., while Dr. Joseph Malalu-an, Graduate Officer of the Mindanao State University will talk about Academe Based Innovations for Enterprise Development.
As to harnessing STI for Enterprise Development, DOST’s Philippine Textile Research Institute’s director Dr. Cecilia Elumba would talk about Promoting Inclusive Innovation and Circular Economythrough DOST’s PTRI’s TELA program.
Also in is a topic on Innovations in Food Product Development with DOST Cebu PSTC Science Research Specialist Dr. Bryan Ybañez.
Taking the center stage are documentaries of Bohol Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) in the Bohol Experience of Harnessing STI in Enterprise Development.
Finally, the chief of the Packaging Technology Division of the Industrial Technology and Development Institute Daily Tañafranca would talk about Creating Competitive Advantage through packaging Innovations.
The day-long for a would also feature open forum where resource persons and the general audience can interact. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

OFF FOREVER. Imagine your kids being spared from mosquito bites, not because they had a perpetual supply of insect repellant lotion, but because they are wearing an innovative technology of mosquito-repellant baby clothes developed by the Philippine Textile Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology. Dr Cecile Elumba is expected to share this technology this week at the RSTW STI exhibits at the ICM. (PIABohol)

DTI organizes innovation conference

On October 23, the innovation conference Slingshot Cebu 2018 will gather start-ups, entrepreneurs, innovators, educational institutions and government agencies at the Cebu City Sports Club.

According to the organizer Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the latest edition of Slingshot Cebu will have the theme of “Revving up your business in a Digital World”. Appropriate for its target participants which are both brick and mortar MSMEs and tech startups. Slingshot Cebu 2018 will have the twin objectives of nudging brick and mortars to adapt and adopt digital, while our tech startups will have the opportunity to network, validate business models and gain traction.

This year’s Slingshot topics include: The Digital Entrepreneurship Ecosystem, Scale Up Program for Startups, Data Privacy and Digital Marketing.

There will be two panel conversations. One to tackle Entrepreneurial Journeys and another will be on Revving up Revenues through Business Model Design. All will have both MSMEs and Startups in the panel to show that innovation and entrepreneurship are really two sides of the same coin.

Slingshot Cebu 2018 has two break-out sessions held simultaneously in the afternoon. The first session is called “The Pitch” for tech start-ups and brick and mortar MSMEs. Judges will be corporates from both the traditional and startup world. The second session is called “Coach and Connect.” This coaching session will focus on sales & marketing, financing & funding, legal, HR Related, and Payment Solutions.

Right after the conference, the DTI will launch the Startup Island Mentoring Program in Central Visayas. DTI 7 Assistant Regional Director Ma. Elena Arbon said that the Startup Island Mentoring program, which is being piloted in Cebu, is designed to help local startups gain entrepreneurial skills, strengthen their business models and scale-up.

For Slingshot Cebu 2018 event registration, interested parties may click on the following link https://goo.gl/forms/UXyJiwNCyP3IXvXg2

So, who are HOTS in Bohol  TechVoc Week’s Jobs Fair?

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, August 24 (PIA)— She never expected fate to finally be kind to her.

Twenty-one years old Mariel Tocmo of Datag Sur, Balilihan has too many frustrations as a job seeker, she could not stop from thinking today was no different.

A graduate of Corella National High School, Mariel admits her family has only enough to get by, not comfortably.

“My father died, and being the youngest in the family, it is just about time I help,” she timidly shared in a chance casual conversation.

As she was saying this, hundreds of job seekers were also in different processes of proving to the 6 international and 8 local employment agencies present during the Jobs Fair at the Bohol Cultural Center, that they have just the right skills for the job needed.

A job fair offered by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to commemorate the National Technical Vocational (TechVoc) Week, other government agencies pitched in to elevate the TESDA skills bridging into a full scale employment event.

With the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) JobStart and the Provincial Government through the Bohol Employment Placement Office (BEPO), the one day Jobs Fair hoped to reduce unemployment and push for economic productivity for people of the employable age, explained BEPO Officer In Charge Ma. Vilma Yorong during the jobs fair.

“We are expecting over 800 job seekers today,” former TESDA information officer Jaminel Damolo said.

Finding a job has become Mariel’s priority. After years of staying at home and helping her 62-year-old mother weave baskets and cope with her quota, the closest she had to getting hired was a promise of a call after every job interview. None came.

“I am the youngest, my elder brother works as a kitchen staff in a city restaurant, the others have married and taken on families,” she added, detailing about her siblings.

While waiting for the lucky job call, she doubles up as a basket weaver helping her mother Flavia come up with the weekly quota of 60 baskets a month. This they would sell at P6.00 each.

“It is a tough work you could easily get hurt as bamboos are sharp and baskets are meticulously done, getting wounded is always a possibility.”

One time, Mariel availed of a Local Government Unit of Balilihan and Antequera-organized TESDA training for work as contact center agent in Tagbilaran.

For two weeks, she thought she had fattened her chances of a job.

TESDA keeps a policy for their accredited Technical Vocational Institutions (TVI) offering the government scholarships to facilitate the hiring of at least 50% of their enrollees.

Still, Mariel did not make the cut, and her Qualfon chance proved to be tough, the work requirements were hard to come by.

So today, August 24 should be like any of those times she kept the hope.

“I did not tell my mother that I would be here to apply for a job, she might expect too much,” she confessed, trying to mask a smile already forming in her face.

The story of Mariel Fe Tocmo, is almost the same as that of Marchelle Comoylao of Cambu-ac Sur Sikatuna.

A graduate of Sikatuna National High School in 2014, at 20 years old, Marchelle, despite being the youngest, has been on the look-out for a job that offers her a better future.

“I have an elder brother who, while waiting for job call, as a seaman, helps my father as carpenter worker. My mother keeps the house,” she noted.

Now working as a boutique attendant in a Tagbilaran City mall, she has doubled up as a babysitter to her sister’s kids, but that is not what she wanted in her life.

“It is never easy, I have to find a job to help my family,” she stressed.

But like Mariel, job seeking in never really easy. To expand her chances, she sought for other skills.

“I took up cookery through a TESDA scholarship for 2 months, buts still job is elusive,” Marchelle said, modest in a rose pink blouse and striped black and while skirt, coming to chance during the job fair.

But in a sudden twist of luck, both Mariel and Marchelle were among the 17 others who were hired on the spot (HOTS) by noon time during the one day Jobs fair.

Both and 10 more were told to report to Mitsumi Danao, an electro mechanics solutions provider combining advanced technologies from a wide range of fields including ultra-precision mechanical components (such as ball bearings), motors, sensors, semi-conductors, wireless communication—and fuse machines and electronics with control technologies.

Along with Mitsumi were 8 local companies scouting for new workers to prop up their work force including Alturas Group of Companies, Bohol Quality, Henan Resort, Prescon Philippines, Sherwood bay Resort, Taytay sa Kauswagan Incorporated and Reynas Garden and Haven.

The Jobs Fair also attracted 6 international companies: East West placement center, FVJ Overseas Placement, Golden Legacy Jobmovers Inc., IUPP Inc., JobsGlobal Employment Services Inc. and Lead Resources Management Corp, bared BEPO OIC Yorong.

TESDA technical education skills development specialist Rosemarie Banol also assured that the placement companies joining the fair were screened by BEPO and found to be legitimate and are permitted to set up manning services.

Having gone through months upon months of trying to land into jobs, Tocmo and Comoylao also learned something about the jobs fair.

Totally strangers from each other, seeing that if both keep off from others, job seeking would even be more daunting.

Both naturally got into each other’s support and it took them less than five minutes to be friends.

And one thing Comoylao realized that at the Jobs Fair, if it is the companies who look for workers, the tendency is to make everything easy, compared to when one is in need and applies for a job which the company has no need at that time.

“Thanks to TESDA, DTI, DOLE Jobstart and PLGU BEPO, we can now be taken off the list of the province’s unemployed,” both quipped, happiness brimming as the eagerness to break the good news home seems hard to overpower. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

WHO are HOTS and who are not? 17 young Boholano job seekers got Hired On The Spot (HOTS) as the TESDA with DTI, DOLE and BEPO offered a Jobs Fair to commemorate the National TechVoc Week. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

Google Developers Group Cebu expands annual event to other areas in Visayas

For its 7th year, Google Developers Group Cebu (GDG Cebu) is bringing its annual Cebu event, to Dumaguete, Bohol, and Leyte.

Now a Visayas roadshow, I/O Extended will kick off in Cebu this July 21 at the University of San Carlos Talamban Campus. The Dumaguete leg will follow on July 28 at the Siliman University while the Leyte leg will happen on August 4 at the Philippine Science High School respectively.

“With the event’s success in Cebu, we decided to expand to other areas in the Visayas and support local developers there as well,” said Shad Roi dela Cruz, GDG Cebu Community Manager

This year, I/O Extended is focused on giving attendees a quality learning experience and helping them meet and network with fellow tech enthusiasts and developers. Google Developer Experts in South East Asia and top developers in Cebu will be sharing their insights, knowledge and skills.

Topics include the latest in Google Technology specifically on Actions on Google, Firebase, Machine Learning, Web Design and Development, and Android.

I/O Extended 2017 was the biggest in the country, gathering a thousand developers. “Our GDG events have grown together with the community through the years. Last year’s I/O Extended set the record as the biggest,” said Frances Marie Teves, GDG Cebu Communications Manager

The I/O Extended Visayas Roadshow is sponsored by Google. The official venue partners are the University of San Carlos Talamban in cooperation with the USC Supreme Student Council, Siliman University Dumaguete, and Philippine Science High School Tacloban. The official media partners are Cebu Daily News and Halo-Halo Radio, and PR Partner, PR Works.

Tickets are limited. To register and to secure a seat, visit https://ioxcebu18.gdgcebu.org. For more information about I/O Extended Visayas 2018 and GDG Cebu, follow them on Facebook @gdgcebuorg and join their Meetup group @GDGCebu.