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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Ubiquity Global Services Philippines, Inc. in Bacolod Continues with its Expansion

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Ubiquity Global Services Founder and President Matt Nyren and Country Manager Erick Canlas were joined by Bacolod City Councilor Em Legaspi Ang and Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT) Executive Director Jocelle Batapa Sigue last March 19 during the inauguration of their third space at the Negros Frost CyberCentre in Bacolod City

Launched in March 2014, Ubiquity Global Services Bacolod Delivery Center pioneered the Business Process Outsourcing for Prepaid Financial Services, with a starting count of fifty employees. In a span of only four years, the site has grown into more than 1,000 team members, and have recently expanded to create capacity for even more exciting growth.

Currently housing 800 seats in its Phase 1 and 2 locations, the Bacolod site expanded further into its Phase 3, housing 330 seats, to accommodate a total of 1,100 production seats to support its ever-growing workforce and clientele.

The site’s success is supported closely by the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT), an active partner of the government in creating jobs and driving innovation for the local Bacolod community. Together, with its global sites in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and the Philippines, Ubiquity is transforming the Customer Experience with highly engaged teams and the most innovative technologies in the outsourcing industry

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Acudeen Technologies Announces $35 Million Public Token Sale To Place Movable Assets on the Blockchain

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, March 15, 2018

Acudeen, a marketplace that empowers financial inclusion through selling invoices ahead of their maturity date for liquidity is proud to announce the launch of its Public Token Sale with a hard cap of $35 Million this April. The company’s token sale will be based in Singapore where it established its regional office in early 2018.
“The ACU tokens serve as our answer to the growing demand for our services outside of our current consumer market. The purpose of our token sale is to accelerate more businesses with our services in the coming years through this revolutionary technology,”  Mario Jordan Fetalino III, Chief Executive Officer said.

Integrated with popular blockchain platform Stellar, the token’s functionality addresses the issues of liquidity and expensive cross-border invoice purchases through blockchain and cryptocurrencies, making transactions faster with minimal fees. The AssetChain, the ecosystem’s blockchain built with the IBM Hyperledger Fabric, provides confidentiality for business owners through a permissioned blockchain in which data is only shared to participants involved in the transaction. This helps protect their sensitive information both from possible competitors and from the public.

The ACU Token Team envisions a means for financial inclusion that facilitates verification, hassle-free transactions, cross-border purchasing and better incentivization. With ACU, business owners are empowered even more by being given the flexibility to choose when they want to complete purchases. The company views this as a unique opportunity to both adopt modern technology and to rapidly scale towards their company’s mission beyond the fame, the glory and the profits -- To support and generate financial inclusion amongst small business owners and to give them the opportunity they otherwise won’t have been tied to current bureaucracies and archaic systems.

In line with this, the ACU Token Team will be hosting various Roadshows and Community Meetups around Asia for the next few weeks. The dates for the tour will be as follows:

Philippines: March 17-21
Singapore: March 19-20
Hong Kong: March 22-24
Indonesia: March 26-27
Thailand: April 2-3
Japan: April 5-6
South Korea: April 7

The Private Sale Round for the ACU Token is currently ongoing and will last until Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 12:00 A.M. (GMT +8:00), while the Public Sale will commence on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 12:00 A.M. (GMT+8:00) until Friday, April 30, 2018 at 12:00 A.M. (GMT+8:00).

Interested parties may view the Whitepaper and apply for the whitelist via their website at and follow them on their social media accounts:


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Maya – 1 Ready by June 2018

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Example of a Cubesat

The launch and deployment of the Philippines’ first cubesatellite or cubesat is scheduled this June 2018.

According to Joel Joseph Mariano, Jr, acting director of DOST – ASTI, the turnover to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will be on April 1, 2018. Maya – 1 was developed and built by Filipino engineers from DOST-ASTI.

Afterward, JAXA will arrange for its transport to the International Space Station (ISS) and from there launch and deployment will be undertaken by June 2018.

“As you can see, it is ready. We’re just waiting for procedural matters,” Marciano said in a video press conference at the Kyushu Institute of Technology campus in Fukuoka prefecture in Japan last Monday.

Two of the DOST engineers who built Maya-1 under the guidance and supervision of the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) are Joven Javier and Adrian Salces.

Javier and Salces were sent by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) to Japan to participate in the Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Satellite or Birds-2, a cross-border university project for the development and operation of cubesats.

Other countries that implemented the Birds project are Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria and Bangladesh.

Maya – 1 is part of the Birds – 2 project together with Malaysia and Bhutan.

Maya – 1 will still be subject to tests by JAXA with regards to spaceworthiness before launch and deployment. This will be then released from the ISS into low orbit by utilizing the Kibo, a Japanese experimental module.

Maya – 1 is capable of multiple missions that include image generation of the country, sending of short messages and transmission of voice communications using amateur radio frequencies. Maya – 1 is also able to monitor dynamite fishing through sensors installed in strategic areas of the Philippine archipelago. Also, habitat monitoring in remote areas of the country.

Unilab Foundation for STEM

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Unilab Foundation Team making their presentation before students at the STEM Expo

Unilab Laboratories, one of the biggest pharmaceutical firms in the country through its Unilab Foundation is going forward with its mission. Aiming to promote and raise awareness for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) so as to encourage students to seriously consider careers in STEM.

Participating in the recently held STEM Expo in SMX Convention Center Mall of Asia, Unilab Foundation presented its advocacy right at the forefront of the event.

According to Unilab Foundation Project Lead, Alfred Dicto, the challenges facing STEM education in te country is enormous but not insurmountable.

Unilab Foundation is forming a chain of partnerships with various organizations in order to address the concerns of STEM education in the country.

Citing the following challenges faced by STEM education:

1. Lack of Teachers’ Training
2. Low interest in taking up the STEM curriculum among students
3. Dearth of facilities
4. Policy/ies in government and schools with regards to STEM

But Unilab Foundation brought with them Astrophysicist Reina Reyes who even interacted with the students in support of STEM.

Mr. Dicto emphasized the support of Unilab Foundation for the promotion of STEM among the students and the Filipino people and that bigger things are in store in the future. 

PH Students Communicate with the International Space Station

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, March 13, 2018
The International Space Station

Filipino students were able to contact and communicate with the International Space Station for the first time last February 17,2018.

The live contact was organized by the PHL-Microsat Program in cooperation with University of the Philippine (UP) Diliman together with the Department of Science and Technology – Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI).

This has been another step to disseminate knowledge on space science and technology and also to inspire more students to become more interested in Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM).

The event was held at the UP-EEEI-Meralco Innovation Hall in UP Diliman and was livestreamed via the DOST-ASTI’s website and its Facebook page.

Radio communications linked the students with the astronauts aboard the ISS.

Participants of the event were students from the University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS) and Holy Angel University in Pampanga.

The PHL-Micr5osat Program is also involved with Diwata – 1, the first Filipino developed microsatellite which was deployed in 2016. Diwata – 2 is currently in the development stage.

It is the aim of the DOST-ASTI to encourage more students to take up STEM courses and be available as a pool of science and technology professionals that will be harnessed for the nascent Philippine Space Program.     

The ISS has been in orbit for more than 19 years.

Filipino Math and Science Awardees Continue to Increase!

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, March 13, 2018
2017 YES Awardees

The country grew a record-breaking bumper crop of math and science awardees among its youth. When the Youth Excellence in Science (YES) Awards was established in 2007, there were only 70 awardees given recognition. After 10 years, the awardees numbered 1,195. These were students who competed in international math and science competitions and won top awards.

 “If the number of YES medals awarded is any indication of our future in science, I’m happy to say that it looks more than promising,” according to Dr. Josette Biyo, Director of the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), the organizer of the YES Awards.

The awarding ceremonies were held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) wherein 548 awardees were given recognition. There will be other recognition events in various regional DOST offices.

DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña personally gave the Secretary’s Medal to the awardees. He gave assurances to students that the DOST will always be supportive of programs that strengthen the Science and Technology endeavors of Filipino students.

The ceremonies included national organizers of math and science competitions, school official, teachers, and parents of the awardees.

Also given recognition were the top 3 schools with regards to the number of awardees. Philippine Science High School Main Campus garnered the Gold Ribbon Award for having  278 medals with St. Jude Catholic School with 265 medals and Grace Christian College having 175 medals.

DICT launches Safer Internet Day for Children in PH

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Assistant Secretary Carlos Mayorico Caliwara, NIGS Director Maria Teresa Garcia and other members of IACACP pose for a photo at the launch of Safer Internet Day for Children Philippines last February 13, 2018.

Recognizing that internet safety for children as a critical component of Philippine development, the  Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Inter-Agency Council Against Child Pornography (IACACP) recently launched the Safer Internet Day for Children last February 13, 2018.

This is part of the joint campaign by the government and private sectors to eliminate online child pornography and to have a cyber- environment that is safe for children to use. Access to information using the internet is being widely utilized by children and minors thus subjecting them to hazardous content.

It must be noted that the country has been identified recently as one of the global hubs of online child pornography.

DICT Assistant Secretary Carlos Mayorico Caliwara emphasized: “We have to go beyond the Internet, we should go back to the family kasi nanganganak yang problema yan, pwedeng maging ugat ng use of illegal drugs, cybercrime, or even human trafficking.”

“Naging bahagi ang Pilipinas sa mas malawak na pagkakaisa laban sa child pornography,” “Pero dapat safer Internet (for children) everyday, hindi lang ito pang isang araw, ” Asec Caliwara added.

Safer Internet Day for Children was first established internationally in 2004. In the Philippines, it is every second Tuesday of February as proclaimed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

In November 2017, a summit regarding safe internet for children and minors was also conducted between various stakeholders from government, NGOs, the private sector, academe, and communities in order to formulate policies and programs to make the internet safe for Filipino children and minors.



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