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Thursday, November 23, 2017

PH Team Wins 2nd Place in World Robot Olympiad

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, November 23, 2017
World Robot Olympiad 2017 held in San Jose, Costa Rica

Second Place was won by the Philippine Team in the recently held World Robot Olympiad (WRO) 2017 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The Philippine Team placed second at the Open – Elementary Category in the WOR garnering an Average Score of 344,25 that enabled the team to place runner-up to the team from Malaysia.

The entry of the Philippine Team is “Project Silid Aralan” composed of students from Dr. Yanga’s Colleges Inc. (DYCI Bocaue, Bulacan). 

Also, the High School team of DYCI placed fifth in their Open – Category for Junior High School.

WRO’s 2017 theme is Sustainabots (Robots for Sustainability) wherein robots were built and programmed for clean energy, robots that are carbon neutral and for sustainable tourism. 

The field was composed of representatives from 60 countries. The objective of the WRO is to gather young people from over all the world and to cultivate skills in creativity, strategy, and problem-solving.

The First Aklan Tech4Ed and Technology Business Incubation Center Launched!

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, November 23, 2017
Provincial Government of Aklan and DICT officials at the launching of the First Tech4ED and Technology Business Incubation Center. Oct. 23, 2017

Tech4ED Center has been the aim of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to bridge the digital divide to enhance socio-economic conditions that will provide inclusive growth for the country by its establishment utilizing eFilipino Technology in economic development projects. Within the Tech4ED project are different segments that aims to cater to out-of-school youths and adults (OSYA), women, teachers, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) together with their families and relatives, persons with disabilities (PWDs), senior citizens, indigenous people (IPs), and entrepreneurs as its targets and END-USERS.

The Tech4ED Center in Aklan project is a partnership between the Provincial Government of Aklan (PGA) under the administration of Governor Florencio T. Miraflores and the DICT. Both parties agreed to cooperate and jointly commit in promoting community development through the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for effective and efficient governance I the country.

The first Tech4ED Center in Aklan together with the Rural Impact Sourcing Hub was finally launched through the efforts of the PGA, Aklan ICT Council, and the DICT last October 31, 2017, at the Ground Floor of the Provincial Academic Center DRSTMH Compound, Kalibo, Aklan.

Along with the launch is the conducting of the first training in Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS). The training had 23 scholars participating that passed the screening interview and written examinations conducted by the PGA and the DICT. 

The participants are graduates of different courses from various academic institutions in Aklan who aspired to have their own freelancing online careers. They were partnered with 23 Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) in Aklan in which they were trained to design their partner MSME’s webpages through content writing, photography, and other related subjects. DICT provided the resource person/trainer while the venue and meals for the 12-day training were provided by the PGA.

Currently, the RIS scholar/participants are undertaking the several tasks especially conducting marketing campaigns for their partner MSMEs’ products and services utilizing social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram among others. 

The establishment of the Aklan Tech4ED Center is a clear manifestation of Aklan’s determination to be a pro-active player in the growing ICT industry. The Aklan Tech4ED Centers believe that digital literacy will create more job opportunities for the Aklanon people.     

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Winners of the 6th eGov Awards!

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Winners of the 6th eGov Awards were announced last at the 9th NICP Summit held in Cagayan de Oro City last Nov. 16 – 17, 2017. 

The Awards are for Excellence in ICT for Good Governance for Local Government Units (LGUs) which is an annual search for LGUs that utilize Information and Communications Technology (ICT) that will effectively and efficiently deliver its services to their citizens, constituencies and local business and commercial stakeholders.

LGUs that use ICT to further make its governance effective I addressing the needs of its citizens pertaining to services ranging from business applications, real estate tax payments all the way to health services and education is the fulcrum of the new and dynamic form of governance that is catapulting the country I the 21st century. This use of ICT also redounds to economic development for the LGUs with regards to ease of doing business in their localities. This result in increased economic activity and more revenues for the LGUs that will translate to expanded services to the citizenry.

The 6th eGov Awardees are the following:

G2B – Best In Business Empowerment

Municipality of Mina, Iloilo – First Place – Municipal Agriculture Information System (Farmers Agriculture Information System) 
Bogo City, Cebu – Second Place – Integrated Queuing and Business Permit and Licensing System
Province of Iloilo – Third Place – Capitol IP-Telephony Communication System

G2G – Best in Government Inter-Operability

Quezon City – Champion
Cebu City – 2nd Place
Municipality of Pulilan, Bulacan – 3rd Place

Best in Data – Driven Governance

Cebu City – 1st Place
Province of Davao del Norte – 2nd Place
Calapan City, Mindoro Oriental 3rd Place

G2C – Best in Customer/Citizen Empowerment

Baliwag, Bulacan – 1st Place
San Fernando City, La Union – 2nd Place
San Mateo, Rizal and Cebu City – 3rd place

P2G – Best in Digital Finance

Cagayan de Oro City – 1st Place
Cavinti, Laguna – 2nd Place
Silang, Cavite – 3rd Place

The eGov Awards were started in the year 2012 in memory of then Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo that initiated the DILG-NICP partnerships that integrated ICT as a component of good governance strategies.

This was presented by NICP Board of Trustees member Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue during the previously held National LGU-ICT Forum last October 2017.

Techblade covered the event

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Animation Council takes ‘leap of faith’, dares local animators to create more original content

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, November 09, 2017

The Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI) sets the stage again this November for the 11th year of Animahenasyon, the leading animation conference and festival in the country.

Themed “Leap of Faith”, the 2017 edition of Animahenasyon marks a start of another decade for the festival. Since its inception in 2006, Animahenasyon has become a venue for celebrating the skills and talent of Filipinos in animation and storytelling.

“We have always believed in the creative talent and ingenuity of Filipinos. And our goal as an organization is to push the limits of our artists and animators for them to create and innovate more.” said ACPI President Juan Miguel del Rosario.

The festival will start with a conference on November 11 in Samsung Hall, SM Aura, followed by screenings and awarding of Filipino animated short films on November 17-18 at the Cultural Center of of the Philippines.

Shaping the future of Philippine animation

A platform for driving conversations about emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities in the global and local animation scene, Animahenasyon will gather more than 2500 participants from the academe, local animation studios, global players, and even independent artists and animators.

The conference topics for this year ranges from new technologies such as virtual reality to developing company cultures fit for the creative millennial.

“Every year, we try our best to bring to the country Filipino artists who are thriving abroad to share their experiences and new techniques that could both educate and inspire our students and professionals here.” shared Marlyn Montano, Ways and Means Director of Animahenasyon.

Del Rosario added that ACPI envisions to create more opportunities here in the Philippines for animation graduates and professionals.

Wanted: original content

Aside from the conference, Animahenasyon also annually holds a competition for original and Filipino-made animations.

Receiving almost 100 entries this year, ACPI in partnership with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will recognize outstanding entries at the 2017 ICT Creative Awards on November 17.

Rikki Orellana, Animahenasyon Festival Director, said they are happy to see the improvements in the the entries that they receive every year.

With the continued support of government agencies -  Department of Information and Communications Technology, Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the Department of Trade and Industry, ACPI said they are confident the increasing growth and creativity of the animation industry will continue.

International support and inspiration

The festival will also include screenings of animated feature films from Japan, Austria and France. Through these screenings, they aim to expose, inspire, and create impact on our artists when it comes to global trends and international standards in animation.

Makoto Shinkai’s Kimi No Nawa (Your Name), a globally acclaimed Japanese animated film, is going to be screened at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.  
Funded and supported by the Japan Foundation Manila, the film is expected to give anime fanatics a visual feast.

The French Embassy in the Philippines is another longtime supporter of the animation sector. French animated films titled Aya of Yop City, The Girl Without Hands, and My Mommy Is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill will also be screened during Animahenasyon.

French Embassy ChargĂ© d’Affaires, Laurent Legodec said 2017 marks as a very special year, marking the 70th year anniversary of Franco-Philippine diplomatic relations. “The French Embassy has been supporting the Animation Council of the Philippines from the beginning, and the very first Philippine animation festival was held following your very first visit to Annecy, and it featured Filipino and French animated films side-by-side.” said Monsieur Legodec.

ACPI brought the Philippine flag to two international festivals in France this year: the Animation Film Festival and Market in Annecy, and in MIPCOM or International Market of Communications Programmes in Cannes.

With this continuing international trade missions, Mr. Legodec added that “Philippine animation shall be promoted to international markets and find commercial and economic partners in France, Europe and the rest of the world”. 

Another first in Philippine history, Animahenasyon is also composed of a forum on Women in Animation. According to Orellana, they aim to reiterate the importance and skills of Pinays in a more or less male-dominated animation industry.  The Austrian Embassy in the Philippines is bringing to us one of the finest female animators in Austria, Ms. Katharina Petsche where she will bring Turbulent Times & Familiar Places:  Tricky Women Short Animations.  

Animahenasyon expects to support the business growth forecasted the result in the recently concluded Roadmap for the IT-BPM made by Frost and Sullivan. Understanding the needs for domestic and international promotions will have a great significance to where the Philippine Animation Industry will lead in the next five years.  Outsourcing is still the driver of growth of the industry but with the increasing demand in original content it will change how we look at the Philippine Animation Industry.  

“We really hope that our local artists would step up further and produce more original content that could compete globally and could resonate with the global audience.” added Montano.

For more information on the full schedule of the festival and how you could join, kindly visit or email Micah Roncillo at

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Local Firm Invests in Mixed Ecozone for Oriental Mindoro

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, November 08, 2017
In the background, the time capsule is buried to start the construction, from left to right: Officers of SDG, Morris Agudo, Merci Agudo; Calapan City Mayor Arnan Panaligan; SDG Chairman Mel B. Agudo; Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso Umali, Jr.; Oriental Mindoro 2nd Districit Congressman Reynaldo V. Umali; Officers of SDG, Annette Sumulong, and Severino Sumulong.

Local Firm Invests in Mixed Ecozone for Oriental Mindoro.

Dedicates park to every aspiring Mindoreno towards a Future-Ready Mindoro

Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, November 6, 2017– A big local developer in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, Sotera Development Group (SDG) broke ground recently to mark the start of the construction for Sotera San Antonio at Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro last October 18, 2017. The Development will center around a green park covering some 5,000 square meters. Leading the groundbreaking was Chairman Mel Agudo with Governor Alfonso Umali, Jr. with Cong. Reynaldo Umali and Mayor Arnan Panaligan in attendance, with representatives from academe, DOST, DTI, NEDA, and the community.

“…By investing in Mindoro’s Brightest Gold, its People. SDG dedicates this park to every aspiring Mindoreno towards building a Future-Ready Mindoro.” Chairman Agudo said. “The Bayanihan spirit of cooperation is a must for us all to succeed for greater heights…Together let us open the eyes of the world to Mindoro and Mindoro to golden opportunities” This project represents a unique venture and a culmination of two years of planning to create a development which will serve as an anchor for job creation, innovative education programs, and neighborhood activities for the residents of Calapan City and the entire Oriental Mindoro province. Recognizing the need to address the significant challenges of Oriental Mindoro, cradling the gem of the park, Sotera President Agudo said the project will host new office and commercial space that will cater to, but not limited to the incubation of new technology-driven industries such as the IT-BPM industry, related education initiatives, and ICT enabled businesses. SDG is known for its visionary investments in the field of technology and real estate development. 

Sotera is set to operate by 2019. Last year, the local governments of Calapan and Oriental Mindoro showed their full support to the creation of a province-wide ICT council to serve as a platform for collaboration with industry, academe, and government. Agudo is thankful for this initiative and assures his full support to the direction of the council, especially the vision of making Oriental Mindoro a destination of choice for ICT industries.


5G on the Horizon

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, November 08, 2017
NI’s Universal Software Radio Peripherals are software defined radios which can be used for massive MIMO testing.

Fifth-Generation (5G) technology is inevitable. This was according to Dr. Ian C. Wong at the DOST-ASTI Software Defined Radio and 5G Research organized talk recently held at the University of the Philippines, Diliman Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP-EEEI).

Unlike past generation wireless technologies, 5G focuses on having a more advanced level fo communications. Instead of the person-to-person communication, this is about extending the communication and transmitting data and communication via person to person, machine to machine and machine to human. 

“What's big about 5G is extending a machine-to-machine and human-to-machine world. Think about the smart factor, a self-driving car. So that's one thing that a 5G network wants to enable,” Dr. Wong said. “Fifth-generation technology changes the paradigm. It adds two main thing – enhanced mobile broadband and Internet of Things (IoT),” Dr. Wong said.

Currently, Dr. Wong is the Senior Group Manager of the Advanced Wireless Research Group of National Instruments where he heads the company's 3GPP and 802.11 wireless standards strategy and platforms for wireless system design, simulation, prototyping, and implementation. 

5G operates in the frequency range from 3 GHz up to 30 to 40 GHz. When it comes to the bandwidth of such technology, it ranges from 200 MHz up to 800 MHz. Whereas Phase 1 is to be finished by December 2017. 

“At NI, we've been working with wireless research for quite a while. We want to further wireless research to prototyping. We work with a lot of academic and industry institutions. It will  really be a great opportunity for UP and DOST-ASTI to be part of this, of us, working together on this wireless research”, Dr. Wong said.

Two technologies that play major roles as 5G that leads to a milestone are the NI's Massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) and Millimeter Wave (mm Wave).

“The mmWave is pushing up the frequency to really go up beyond the base stations sites. It goes from 24 all the way up to potentially 70, 80, or even 90 GHz, and use that for mobile communications. That's something totally new for mobile industries,” Dr. Wong explained.

5G technology is expected to be implemented by the year 2020.

Dr. Joel Joseph Marciano: UPAA Distinguished Alumnus for S&T

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Dr. Marciano, 2017 UPAA Distinguished Alumnus Awardee for Science and Technology

Techblade has been following Diwata – 1 since its development, launch and deployment and is eagerly following the development of Diwata – 2. Those are the first Filipino micro-satellites and Diwata – 1 has proven its utility and the enhanced capabilities of Diwata – 2 will further push the benefits of the PH Micro-Satellite Program.

One of those with crucial contributions to the program is Dr. Joel Joseph S. Marciano, Jr. Dr. Marciano has been instrumental with his “Development of deployable antennas for the Diwata- 2 micro satellite’s amateur radio payload,” and  “Capacity building in space technology in the Philippines through the PHL-Microsat program,” that was submitted to the 31st International Symposium on Space Science and Technology (ISTS).

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) recently recognized Dr. Marciano with its 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. Marciano is currently the Department of Science and Technology – ASTI Acting Director. His pursuit of researches in the field of Wireless Communications, Radio Frequency (RF) and Microwave Engineering has put him in the forefront of Philippine Advanced Sciences.

His co-authoring of various research papers on adaptive antennas and applications to wireless communications systems and even the development of microsatellite space technology dates all the way back to 1993 when he became part of the President’s Summer Youth Work Program (PSYWP) as a member of the Radio Frequency team.

The UPAA Distinguished Alumni Award is given to “alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary achievements and excellent contributions in their chosen fields that bring about substantial benefits to society and distinct honor to the University”.



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