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Thursday, July 20, 2017

PH Students Win at International Math Tilt

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, July 20, 2017
Philippine team members proudly display their medals and trophy and the country’s flag at the awarding ceremony of the 20th PMWC in Hong Kong. From left, Juan Rafael Landicho, John Florence Dizon, Theodore Abara, Walsh Nico Adrian Letran, Armea Helena Sien Dimayacyac, Alvann Walter Paredes Dy, Rovi Gabriel Dela Cruz and John David Magnaye. (Photo courtesy of The Manila Bulletin)

The Philippine Team composed of Primary Level students bagged 4 awards in the 20Th Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest (PMWC) held in Hong Kong last July 16, 2107.

The PMWC aims to enhance the interests of primary level students in mathematics and also serve as a venue for academic and cultural exchange for the students of participating countries.

Organized by Po Leung Kuk and The Education University of Hong Kong, this year’s competition was composed of  a field of  14 countries that included the United States, Australia, China, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bulgaria, South Africa, South Africa and the Philippines.

According to Dr. Simon Chua, COO of the Mathematics Trainers Guild of the Philippines (MTG), the Filipinos were awarded one silver, two bronze medals,  and a merit award in the team contest.

The silver medal went to  Alvannn Walter Paredes Dy of St. Jude Catholic School and the two bronze medals were awarded to Walsh Nico Adrian Letran, also of St. Jude Catholic School and John Florence Dizon of Calamba Elementary School.

In the team contest, all the three mentioned awardees were joined by Juan Rafael Landicho of Stonyhurst Southville International School. The PH team earned a Merit Award.

“I felt a sign of bronze or silver medal in my head,”  Paredes Dy said, who was able to correctly answer 13 of the 15 questions.

The PH Team also included Rovi Gabriel Dela Cruz of Pasig Catholic College, Theodore Abara of La Salle Greenhills, Rovi Gabriel Dela Cruz of Pasig Catholic College, Armea Helena Sien Dimayacyac of Notre Dame of Greater Manila and John David Magnaye of Holy Rosary Academy of Las Pinas City.

The Team Leaders that accompanied the Philippine Contingent were  Dr. Chua, Renard Eric Chua and deputy team leader Mikaela Angelina Uy.

The Philippine Team also bagged Second Runner-Up in the event last 2016.








Monday, July 17, 2017

National Science and Technology Week and The National Seedcorn

Posted By: The Mail Man - Monday, July 17, 2017
Students at the 2017 National Science and Technology Week

At the National Science and Technology Week 2017, I found out what these children were thinking about as the place was literally overrun by students from so many schools.

Their interest in Science and Technology astounded me and I compared myself to them when I was at their age. They took to S & T like fish to water. It did not really matter if they came from Tier 1 schools or Public Schools.

I talked about how as a 3-year-old then, I watched on TV the moon shot and the first men walking on the moon. That when I was asked then what the astronauts would find on the moon, I answered: "girls wearing bikinis!" They laughed. I also told them that even way back then I was also interested in Science and Technology.

During my conversations, I realized that the future is in good hands. They are after solutions and I asked them where they got their ideas about the problems of this country. Most said it was from the news but there was also a considerable number who cited personal experience.

One student was really motivated to find a cure for cancer because his Lola who took care of him since birth succumbed to the disease. Another said that she wanted to find a rice variety that will yield 100 cavans of rice with each grain planted. She said they went hungry so many times that she could not remember the number of times they did not have enough food.

Their eyes told it all, the motivation, the hunger for knowledge and their professed faith for solutions. They asked me "Tatay (that's how I am perceived by now), how come they have not yet invented or discovered the solutions to that are now our problems?" I was ashamed because I could not give an answer.

We should have learned by now. The guides, manuals, and books for the solutions should have been written by now.

Maybe it is not too late to come up with the solutions but as for me, I find it our generation's duty to ensure an environment where their ideas and dreams can come true, that they deserve a fighting chance. Nobody there told me that they wanted to be rich. Nobody wanted to be a boxer, singer, beauty queen or an actor or actress. As young as they are, they know. They really know.

Well, I guess we hold the line as best as we can until they flourish and bloom.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Philippine tech startups come together to aid Marawi Refugees

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, July 14, 2017
Tech startups and geeks from across the Philippines and abroad are joining hands to support the displaced residents of Marawi. The initiative, dubbed #TogetherforMarawi on social media, aims to raise funds for the 400,000 people currently displaced by the ongoing conflict. The campaign, and donations raised can be tracked in real time through a dedicated public website (www.coins.ph/marawi), organized by local payments startup Coins.ph.
To date, nearly a dozen companies have committed to contribute to the #TogetherforMarawi campaign, promising to donate a day’s worth of salary towards the cause. Companies that have already pledged their support include Kickstart Ventures, Satoshi Citadel Industries, Tala, BlastAsia, CapChain, PaidUp, QuickReach, WaveMaker Partners, Quona Capital, PawnHero, and Kalibrr.
"Marawi hits close to home for Kalibrr as we have a team member from there, and we're glad to partner with Coins.ph to enable those with the ability to help those in need," said Paul Rivera, CEO of Kalibrr.
To help boost the campaign, Coins.ph will also be donating 5 pesos for every load purchased or unique bill paid through its mobile app on Monday, July 17, and is seeking to raise 250,000 PHP. The proceeds of this initiative will be donated to non-profit organizations Philippine Red Cross and Save the Children to buy food, water, and sanitary items for the refugees in Marawi.
“The humanitarian crisis in Marawi continues to grow worse every day and we realized that we cannot simply stand by while this happening,” said Ron Hose, CEO of Coins.ph.
For more information, visit https://coins.ph/marawi/






Thursday, July 13, 2017

BPO Tax Perks will not be touched – Sen. Sonny Angara

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, July 13, 2017
Sen. Sonny Angara reassures the PH IT-BPM Industry sector

Senator Sonny Angara has allayed the fears of the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, saying that tax incentives currently enjoyed by BPO companies will remain despite the proposed comprehensive tax reform program of the government.

“Makakahinga na po nang maluwag ang ating BPO sector matapos liwanagin na hindi mawawala ang kanilang VAT exemption. With the industry’s incentives intact, we can continue to attract more BPO investments that would spur economic growth and job creation in the country,” said Angara, chairman of the ways and means committee.

The Department of Finance (DOF), during Wednesday’s public hearing on the proposed tax reform, has clarified that foreign services of BPO companies in special economic zones will remain exempted from VAT, while those outside special economic zones, including those registered under the Board of Investments, will retain their zero-rated (0% VAT) status.

Certain groups from the industry had earlier voiced out their concerns that the removal of the VAT exemption would make the country a less attractive destination among global BPO firms.

DOF Usec. Antonette Tionko said that there is no change in their tax policy, and some industry stakeholders have likely misinterpreted the provisions of the bill.

“BPO investments have been a big help in sustaining the country’s economic growth for the past years. We value such contribution and the government has been very supportive of the industry by granting BPO firms various incentives,” Angara said.

In 2016, the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines reported that the industry provided direct employment to some 1.15 million Filipinos, and generated $23 billion in revenue.

Meanwhile, five Philippine cities made it to the 2017 Tholons top 100 outsourcing sites in the world, with Metro Manila recognized as the fourth most competitive global BPO destination. Other Philippine cities on the list include Cebu (12th), Davao (85th), Bacolod City (97th), and Santa Rosa, Laguna (100th).

Angara stressed that the IT-BPO industry should be tapped as a key driver of rural development through the creation of high-value online jobs in far-flung communities.

“While the industry thrives as one of the top career providers in our major cities, we must also bring opportunities in the countryside where they are needed the most. Dapat, bigyan din natin ng pagkakataon ang ating mga kababayan sa mga malalayong probinsya na makapagtrabaho sa sektor na ito na hindi na kailangan pang lumuwas ng Maynila,” he added.

Meanwhile, Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue ,chair of public policy committee for the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) lauded Sen Angara for his reassurance with regards to the concerns by the IT-BPM industry about the Vat Incentives given the industry sector.  "This is an encouraging development for the countryside as all information and communications technology (ICT) councils exert full efforts to bring jobs and investments to provincial locations. We thank the Senate Committee on Ways and Means led by Senator Sonny Angara for this assurance," Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue said






Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Recognition for Eight Filipino Outstanding Young Scientists

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The 2017 National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) will confer awards to the Outstanding Young Scientists (OYS) of the country during its NAST 39th Annual Scientific Meeting on July 12, 2017.

The Awardees are as follows:  

1. Aletta Concepcion Yñiguez with her research on marine biology and fisheries led to the development of The Ocean Protector. It is the first integrated biophysical  models for sardine fisheries and algal bloom management. This aims to strengthen further the sardine fisheries industry sector.

2. Jeffrey Perez developed the Faultfinder. The research is about the geological fault distribution and identifying faultlines in the country. This is of critical importance since faultlines must be identified and included in current hazard maps distributed by Phivolcs.

3. Nathaniel Hermosa II is currently conducting research on light and its applications. The Light Shaper as the name explains is that using fiber optics wherein light is used in transmitting data is limited by having a binary system. According to the research being conducted, if light can be shaped then the amount of data being transmitted can be increased considerably. 

4. Phillip Aviola is conducting wildlife research at UP Los Baños.

5. Dr. Lanndon Ocampo from the University of San Carlos for industrial engineering.

6. Mario Antonio Jiz II on medical sciences at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

7. Jayeel Cornelio on the sociological sciences at Ateneo de Manila University.

8. Krista Danielle Yu on economics at De La Salle University.

The awardees are aged 41 and below. To qualify, they must be nominated by the Heads of their respective institutions.

The OYS award has been given by the NAST annually for 40 years now. To become one, a scientist must be nominated by heads of institutions and organizations.






MSMEs get boost from DOST

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, July 12, 2017
DAVAO. DOST-Davao One Expert administrator John Rey Orozco said during Tuesday’s Davao Business Forum at a mall in this city that anyone with scientific research and consultation needs can use the One Expert website which will connect them to experts. 

It is acknowledged that Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) have the right idea but needs support in terms of technical, operational and management capacities.

In Davao, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) regional office has commenced with providing MSMEs with an interactive platform that connects MSMEs with about 1,000 experts wherein technical assistance can be acquired. The platform is called One Expert (1E).

As of June 2017 the program has already given assistance to about 40 MSMEs.

This was stated by DOST-Davao 1E administrator John Rey Orozco at the Davao Business Forum at SM City Davao. 

1E is composed of  pool of science and technology experts wherein technical and consultancy services can be tapped by MSMEs for their business operations. Launched last 2016, 1E’s objective is to establish a network of experts in science and technology all over the country. It will promote the sharing of knowledge and information among researchers, experts and then will be cascaded to MSMEs that require such information and best practices.

1E has a database from experts coming from diverse disciplines such as agriculture, aquaculture, energy management and audit of operations, food safety and manufacturing efficiency. It also contains links to Starbooks, a digital library created by the Science and Technology Information Institute.

“Everyone can easily connect through their computers, laptop, tablets or smart phones. One just need to register to talk to any of the experts through private messaging, participate in the group chat or forum (Mingle), and read the latest information and innovation in science and technology through ‘In the Spotlight’,” Orozco stated.

“All services from experts from DOST staffs are free but those private experts are charged depending on the services provided,” Orozco said.

The 1E program has currently a resource base of 1,000 experts nationwide who are members of The National Academy of Science and Technology, National Research Council of the Philippines as well as researchers and scientists from DOST funded projects.

To know more about 1E, you may visit One Expert website or download the app on Google play.









Saturday, July 8, 2017

Mindanao Teachers Now Certified Secure Computer Users by ECC

Posted By: The Mail Man - Saturday, July 08, 2017

46 teachers and trainers from all over Mindanao underwent the Certified Secure Computer User (CSCU) training and certification examination of EC-Council (ECC) hosted by CDO ICT Business Council at Cagayan de Oro College-Phinma Education Network, Cagayan de Oro City. The overall passing rate for the certification training was 93%. 

This marked another successful leg of the series of trainings conducted throughout the country which started in Bacolod last June 30 to July 1.  The succeeding schedules will be in Legazpi City (Luzon) on July 6 and 7 hosted by Legazpi ICT Council-Albay ICT Association, and Metro Manila on July 10 and 11 hosted by Quezon City ICT Council.

This pilot program was jointly created by the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and WISSEN International-Singapore in order to spread the cyber security awareness and enable schools all over the Philippines to equip students through training and certification programs provided by ECC.

Stephanie Caragos, President of NICP, told us - “At this crucial time when cybercrimes are very rampant, we need to make sure that we are all aware and knowledgeable about how to prevent the possibility of being a victim. It all starts with awareness and being a responsible digital products user.  This training surely came at a good time.”

“Now, we have teachers who can help cascade what they have learned to their students and at the same time, we have an opportunity to now conduct certification tests for CSCU on behalf of the EC Council.”, she mentioned further.

“Mindanao teachers are eager to grab this opportunity as they also felt the need to prepare themselves and their students to embrace the country’s digital transformation and the accountabilities that they need to face.”, added Jonathan Arvin Adolfo, Executive Director of CDO ICT Business Council.

The Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT) is the authorized training center (ATC) partner to facilitate and support in the delivery of ECC courses in the Philippines.

EC-Council (ECC) or the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants, is best known as a professional certification body for the IT security field, a professional organization that is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It runs an EC-Council University and also operates a series of IT security conferences.







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