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.







Friday, July 7, 2017

More Fun in PH with KulTOURa App!

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, July 07, 2017

Experiencing the Philippines just got easier for tourists. This is because the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has introduced a mobile app that is designed to help tourists in the travels in the country.

The app called KulTOURa provides the tourists with information with regards to popular attractions, famous landmarks, historical places, heritage sites and nature parks.

Also, the app points to details on culture, food specialties, historical figures and must see destinations in selected cities.

The app was launched last June 19, 2017, both the DOT and NCCA in cooperation with Smart Communications and InnoPub.

“The KulTOURa app was created to help the tourists and students to learn more about the culture and traditions of the Philippines. This will help foreign visitors interested in the rich history and beautiful places of our country,” as stated by NCCA President Virgilio Almario.

The public affairs head of Smart Communications, Mon Isberto added “We want to help the travelers to enjoy and experience the rich culture and traditions of the Philippines. Innovations such as  the KulTOURa app is part of Smart's way of giving a different experience for local and international travelers.”

It was described as the most comprehensive guide for those traveling in the Philippines since information is sourced from the NCCA and that is an authoritative guide on places and culture.

The wide use of smartphones and mobile devices has made the app a helpful tool not only for tourism but for students who need to know the culture, history and natural beauty of the country.

KulTOURa is available and free on both Android and iOS. 






Wednesday, July 5, 2017

DICT Monitors New Petya Ransomware

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Last May 2017, the world expererience a massive cyberattack wave caused by the WannaCry Ransomware. It affected 300,000 organizations globally and caused damage to corporate, government, academic and personal systems.

Another ransomware has caused damage starting last June 27,m2017. It is called Petya and has also caused damage in more than 60 countries.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is closely nt monitoring the most recent cyberattack in the world’s systems. The DICT has yet to receive reports of any disruptions being experienced in the country. 

The DICT is coordinating closely with professionals, experts and industry specialists with regards to addressing the issues and concerns that might be caused by the Petya ransomware. DICT Assistant Secretary Allan Cabanlong who is in charge of the department’s cyber security and enabling technologies disclosed the efforts being made and has also gained insights and information just coming from a meeting of global cybersecurity specialists in Germany. 

The pattern of the Petya ransomware follows the WannaCry  method wherein fules are encrypted and payment for releasing the encrypted files are demanded using bitcoin as ransom payment.

“This is about the meeting of cybersecurity experts around the world at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies of which I am an Alumnus. Called Communities of Interests, we are evaluating strategies for the right understanding and implementation of cybersecurity in the field of defense and cybercrime,” Cabanlong said. 

Cabanlong emphasized that cybersecurity systems are  critical component  in all systems since there are vulnerabilities that can be exploited by the malware infecting computers worldwide.

The DICT has already issued a memorandum to all concerned agencies and private institutions about the current systems infection and possible countermeasures.

The DICT released an advisory that using patches for Windows OS can be used so that it will  disable the server message block file-sharing protocol and the Widows management instrumentation command line.

“Petya ransomware encrypts systems after rebooting the computer. If your system is infected with Petya ransomware and it tries to restart, just do not power it back on,” as stated in the advisory

To prevent being infected do the following steps:

Step 1: Patch your Windows system/s. Look for your version on the list.
https://technet.microsoft.com/…/libr…/security/ms17-010.aspx



Step 2: Disable SMBv1 file-sharing protocol.
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/disable-smb1-windows



Step 3: Disable WMIC (Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line)
https://msdn.microsoft.com/e…/library/aa826517(v=vs.85).aspx

Posted 7/5/2017 1:30 PM


Monday, July 3, 2017

Bacolod is 97th Tholons SuperCity

Posted By: The Mail Man - Monday, July 03, 2017

Despite the introduction of new criteria and a change of branding, Bacolod City holds on to the 2017 Tholons Top 100 Super Cities landing in the 97th spot down from its previous year’s ranking at 85th. 

Tholons International introduced innovation, startup ecosystem and digital transformation as new criteria and a key component to define its index for Top 50 Digital Nations and Top 100 Super Cities.The report also outlines Tholons’ perspective on how digital is changing the industry and picking leaders, disruptors and innovators that will define the future of economies and growth markets

In this year’s ranking the Philippines came in third to India and China as Top 50 Digital Nations, considering that it only has five “super” cities compared to India which has fourteen and China with six in the list. Last 2016, the Philippines has a total of nine cities in the list. 

Bacolod information and communications technology (ICT) stakeholders are still thankful but challenged about this development since the decline shows that more efforts need to be done especially in the criteria just introduced. At the same time, the inclusion of Bacolod is the current list positively validates local ICT stakeholders’ efforts towards developing an innovation ecosystem conducive to startups and digital disruptions and to push harder in this direction.

Tracing the history of Bacolod in the Tholons ranking since 2006, the city was only in 2007 that Bacolod appeared in the Tholons radar until 2009. In 2010, Bacolod entered the list for the first time at No. 100. In 2011 and 2012, Bacolod dropped out from the Top 100 list. In 2013 and 2014, the city re-emerged at No. 93 and then took a giant leap in 2015 to No. 86 and moved up one notch higher to No. 85. 

Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT) established in 2007, the same year that Bacolod entered the Tholons radar.

BNEFIT founder and current executive director Jocelle Batapa-Sigue said external rankings like Tholons “keep us on our toes - we cannot rest on our laurels. We have to continuously move forward and in the right direction. There are many factors affecting these movement such as inconsistencies in the commitment of public, private and academic sectors.”

For the last decade, BNEFIT has lead many programs to establish academe-industry collaboration which constantly need the cooperation of the colleges and universities. Batapa-Sigue said “we have to work together and get rid of "kanya-kanya" attitude. Our rigid educational and political systems often impede fruitful collaboration and defeats the process of innovation. Through BNEFIT, we are trying to catalyze among the sectors, provide insights and develop strategies but the developments have been very slow for various reasons. Synergy is still the best strategy. Synergy is the reason why despite our being a provincial location and only a medium-sized city, we have conquered the ICT industry.”

In 2015, BNEFIT proposed the creation of technology business incubation center (TBIC) at the Negros First CyberCenter to support the growth of the startups in the province. Batapa-Sigue believes BNEFIT initiatives and programs through the TBIC to develop more startups which will focus on knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) particularly software development, creative process like animation and game development and healthcare information management (HIM) – has been a big factor for the retention of Bacolod in the 2017 ranking.

From one of the Top 10 Next Wave Cities since 2009, Bacolod was elevated as a Center of Excellence in IT-BPM in 2013 and named as the industry's "beacon" in the 2017 Flare Awards of the IT Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP). 

Batapa-Sigue said “without synergy, we will lose our momentum. If we refuse to think "out-of-the-box" and adopt the innovative culture, looking outwards and preparing our talent pool for the future of jobs - then we will continue to slide down”.

In its 2017 report, the Tholons Services Globalization Index has transformed after a decade of thought leadership. The index evaluates ranks and provides location strategies to countries, governments, multi-lateral agencies, multinational corporations, analysts and investors. Digital is now a critical element in disrupting and transforming industries globally. Technology, Business process management companies and multinational corporations need to align with the stark reality of digital innovation and transformation. 

For the biggest leaders in Services globalization like India, Philippines, East Europe, most of their services will be commoditized.  Digital transformation of clients and them asking for new services like mobility, analytics and cyber security cannot be delivered using the traditional business model. Secondly the undergoing automation of work like applications management, infrastructure support and testing, are reducing or in some cases eliminating the need for manpower. These forces will severely affect the IT service companies, cited by the report. 


Published 7/3/2017 3:15 PM



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

3 Pronged Approach by DICT

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) gave a three pronged approach for the improvement of Information and Communications Technology in the country.

DICT Secretary Salalima has approached congress to impose sanctions against subdivision homeowners’ associations that do not cooperate in the installation of cell sites in their subdivisions. Sec. Salalima stated that such resistance leads to the detriment of broadband services since cell sites are integral to a broadband network.

The lack of cellsites results in network congestion and slow broandband speed. The inability of telcos to put up cell sites in known subdivision hinders the operations of the broadband network. 

DICT drafted a measure to allow telcos to construct cell sites in private subdivisions. To this effect, the DICT called on congress, particularly Rep. Victor Yap, chairman of the house committee on information and communications technology.

“I implore Congressman Yap request his colleagues to pass a law or legislation stating that telecommunications is a basic human right and any board or association preventing telcos from entering the subdivision are, in fact, violating the rights of the residents of that subdivision to the basic human right to telecommunications,” Salalima said during the official launching of the DICT’s flagship programs in Manila on Friday.

The Philippines has only 16,300 cell sites lags poorly in numbers as compared to its neighbors like Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.

Together with havering for support from the legislature, the DICT also launched its National Broadband Plan (NBP). With the NBP, the DICT aims to provide internet services to the most remote areas of the country.

The NBP will piggyback on the National Grid Corporation’s (NGC) fiber optic network. Theoretically, since the NGC provides electricity, then areas with electricity can have internet connectivity. This is critical in providing information and government services such as health education in remote areas.

The third is providing free WiFi services to the people in public areas such as government buildings, hospitals, clinics, schools and other government buildings. This will enable WiFi access to those who need them for health, education, applying for government services and processes.






Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Philippine Science High School’s Renewable Energy Partnership with Ayala Foundation.

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Present at the agreement signing were (from left) Joie Lopez, senior director for Programs at Ayala Foundation; Tess Bacungan, director, PSHS Foundation; Ruel Maranan, president, Ayala Foundation; Virginia Andres, director, PSHS Quezon City; Jose Teodoro Limcaoco, chief financial officer, Ayala Corporation; and Ma. Lourdes Dario, project manager and representative from PSHS Batch 1985.


Philippine Science High School (PSHS), the premier science high school in the country has initiated its own renewable energy effort with the installation of solar panels donated by the Renewable Energy Testing Center.

This was undertaken in cooperation with the Ayala Foundation, the social development arm of Ayala Corporation since June 2015. This is an affirmation of Ayala Corporation’s commitment to education and innovation.

Ayala Foundation  donated Php1.5 million for the transport and installation of the solar panels donated by the Renewable Energy Testing Center.

The solar panels was installed on the rooftop of the PSHS Advanced Science and Technology Building which is located at the PSHS Main Campus in Diliman, Quezon City.

This enabled PSHS to use renewable and clean energy for its operations, notwithstanding the reduced costs with regards to electric consumption in its main campus.

This also enabled PSHS to utilize the savings generated into the PSHS Research Fund that  benefited  promising and deserving students with regards to their research projects.
       
The ceremonial signing of the agreement was held at Ayala Tower One in Makati City.  Present during the signing were Ayala Foundation President Ruel T. Maranan, Ayala Chief Financial Officer Jose Teodoro Limcaoco, PSHS QC Campus Director Virginia Andres, PSHS Foundation Vice President Hector Guballa, and Maria Lourdes Dario from PSHS Batch 1985.

Ayala Foundation and PSHS aims to harness the potential of gifted students in the pursuit of national development through science and technology.








NICP, ECC Trains 240 Teachers For Cybersecurity

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

About two hundred forty teachers in strategic locations in the Philippines will undergo basic cybersecurity training and certifications this week to help in the development of cybers-ready Filipino workforce. 

The National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) and Wissen International Singapore jointly developed a program to bring the needed cybersecurity awareness and capability development training programs from EC-Council to various colleges and universities who are members of the NICP ICT councils across the Philippines.

EC-Council (ECC) is a master representative of International Council of E-Commerce Consultant which is a professional organization established in USA, with headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A. hosting members and affiliates worldwide.

WISSEN is the authorized exclusive representative of EC-Council for Philippines and markets in ASEAN.

One key objective of the partnership is to provide cyber security skills training to students in the Philippines so as to prepare them better for the job market.

NICP President Stephanie Caragos also the chair of the Cagayan De Oro ICT Business Council said NICP and Wissen believes that every graduate should be cyber-ready and cyber-aware, and that every ICT graduate should have network security skills and knowledge. Eventually, the project aims to see that every cybersecurity graduate should equip themselves with industry oriented professional skills.

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

BNEFIT Executive Director Jocelle Batapa-Sigue said in the first phase of the project, selected teachers shall undergo the Certified Secure Computer User (CSCU) Train The Trainer (TTT) program in four areas.

These areas are Bacolod City (Visayas) on June 30 to July 1 hosted by BNEFIT, Cagayan De Oro City on July 3 and 4 hosted by CDO ICT Business Council, 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.

The second phase develop colleges and universities to become academic partners of EC-Council CSCU as well as other higher value certifications.





Friday, June 23, 2017

Boosting the Startup Ecosystem in Negros Occidental

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, June 23, 2017
Negros Occidental Startup Community with Governor Maranan and Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue


The startup ecosystem in Negros Occidental recently got a boost from Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. himself. 

This comes at the heels of the “graduation” of Hybrain development Corporation from The Technology Business Incubation Center of Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation of ICT at the Negros First CyberCenter. 

The Technology Business Incubation Center (TBIC) at the Negros First CyberCentre in Bacolod City was established in 2015 as proposed by the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT) to the Province of Negros Occidental.



BNEFIT also partnered with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region VI for the development of startups under the program “ICT Startups Equipment Support (ISES) to encourage the development of start-up companies and entrepreneurs by assisting in programs, projects and activities such as but not limited to start-up fora, ICT entrepreneurship trainings and development of technology incubation programs. Another partnership in the TBIC is the Business Resource Center of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) which assigns BNEFIT as manager of a shared service facility (SSF).

Meeting with representatives of various startups together with Atty. Jocelle-Batapa-Sigue, the governor was impressed with the development and progress of the province’s technology startups.

During the discussions, Governor Marañon Jr. was able to grasp the importance of the IT-BPO industry for the province and its citizens. Thus, he was able to formulate the right questions needed to develop the industry sector further for his province. Particular attention was brought into how to further improve the incubation center for startups; the sills requirements for the startups and their operations and other forms of support needed.

The governor then decided to focus on the following:

1. To expand the incubation facilities
2. To create a venture capital program
3. To document success stories of startups
4. To institutionalize and regularize trainings of K To 12 ICt teachers
5. To create tech-SMEs facility for lease to startups and tech-SMEs

Startup Founder and CEOs (R-L) Ed Salinas of Convonaut, Hajee Birth Alferez Aquino of Audacity Studios, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Maranon, John Dave Duenas of Hybrain Development Corporation and Brent Andrew Chua of Aardvark Play

Other welcome developments include the addition of CONVONAUT to the Negros First Cyber Center as well as the “graduation” of the second startup Aardvark.

The first graduate was HYbrain. HYBrain Development Corporationstwas established only in September 2016. Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of HYBrain John Dave Dueñas said they have to exit early in the center so that they can keep up with the demands, as well as address the need for increasing manpower.

HYbrain offers various digital services like website application development, web design, android application development and design, desktop application development and software testing, targeting the local businesses.

TBIC offers its incubation services such as free office space and equipment. It also includes trainings and seminars conducted by experts in Information Technology.

HYbrain already created automated hospital information systems for some medical institutions in Negros Occidental and Western Visayas.






Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Marawi grad, UP summa cum laude in molecular bio, to deliver valedictory address at State U

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, June 20, 2017


An outstanding young scientist from Marawi – graduating summa cum laude, with a degree in molecular biology and biotechnology – will deliver the valedictory address at this weekend’s graduation rites at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, sources at the State University have confirmed to InterAksyon.

UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan announced the selection of Arman Ali Ghodsinia as the graduating class speaker at the University Council meeting on Monday, one source present at the gathering said. The honor accorded Ghodsinia was separately confirmed by a UP System official.

The UP Diliman information office later confirmed Ghodsinia will indeed deliver the valedictory address, but said they were not authorized to disclose his general weighted average. According to a source, Ghodsinia will graduate with a general weighted average of 1.173 in a system with a highest possible GWA of 1.00. More notably, his feat comes against the still smoldering backdrop of his hometown Marawi, the Islamic Philippine city which has grabbed headlines around the world the past month for the destruction and terror wrought by extremists that have aligned themselves with the ISIS terror network.

Ghodsinia completed his elementary schooling at the Ateneo de Manila, and his secondary schooling at the Philippine Science High School.

Last January 2017, Ghodsinia was declared first-prize winner of the 25th Federation of ASEAN and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB) search for outstanding scientific work in that field. The conference where that search was launched was held Dec. 5-6 in Manila.

In a September 2016 Facebook post, his sister, Farah, said: “You might think that Arman’s the type of the everyday-grade-conscious student but believe me, he’s not. He is the first to remind me to look beyond the grades and to hold on to long-term goals. Arman is this really simple, humble and quiet guy, who just happens to be passionate about what he does.”

In the FB post, when she first broke the news about Arman being on track to graduate summa cum laude, Farah said: “As a Maranaw and member of an ethnic-religious minority, this feat – as an Iskolar ng Bayan – is a feat to be shared with all.”







Help Fund Filipino iGeo Olympian

Posted By: The Mail Man - Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Filipino iGeo Olympin Uriel Escobido


Uriel Escobido is the lone Philippine entry to the 14th International Geography Olympiad this coming August 2 – 8, 2017. 

The International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) is a competition for geography students aged 16 – 19 years old. This is helled every 2 years and is now on its 14th staging. This will be held in Belgrade, Serbia.

The expertise and skills of each geography student will be showcased in iGeo and will reward those who excel in this field.

Uriel Escobido won first place in the concluded 7th Philippine Geography Olympiad last February, 2017. He will represent the Philippines for the 2nd time when the IGeo was held in Beijing, China in 2015. He is the First Filipino to represent the country twice in the iGeo.

Uriel Escobido needs our help in representing the country to the iGeo. The travel to Serbia and back to Manila will entail a considerable cost and Uriel is asking for our assistance in making this a national endeavor. 

Uriel said that even a Php1.00 donation would be greatly appreciated. 

For purposes of verification, please click on the iGeo website:  http://igeobelgrade.edu.rs/practical-info/

If you have any questions or wish to know more about his resume, you can contact Uriel Escobido at: +63 998-971-0353 or thru email at uvmescobido@gmail.com.

Big cash donations amounting to ₱1000 or more please make your deposits at:
Bank Name: BDO (Banco De Oro)

Account Number: 004050201537

Account Name: URIEL VICTOR M ESCOBIDO

Account Type: Savings

TechBlade continues to support the endeavors of the Filipino in Science, Technology and Education.








Monday, June 19, 2017

Prime PH Geneticist on Genetic Research on Indigenous Communities

Posted By: The Mail Man - Monday, June 19, 2017


Dr. Maria Corazon A. De Ungria, the doyen of Philippine Genetics research recently presented the Challenges in the Conduct of Genetic Research in Philippine Indigenous Communities. 

The presentation echoed the conditions that such research involving indigenous people (IPs) in the context of its relations to the environment, social, economic and cultural inclusion of the IPs. In short, its direct benefit and effect to those concerned.

This translates to ecological ties, human encounters, autonomy and self-determination; he outlined three corresponding areas of ethical understanding.

In the conduct of research, considerations such as the connectedness of the IPs to their environment, their willingness to engage and the participation of the IPs during the conduct of the research are of prime importance.

Dr. De Ungria cites that the IPs must be made to feel the inclusivity in the benefits of the research and foremost to be direct beneficiaries in science and technology.

Dr De Ungria stated that “We scientists devote our lives to understanding how the world operates and to finding solutions to the problems of humanity. We spend so many hours towards accomplishing the tasks that we set for ourselves – this is our defined purpose. What many scientists have not done is to build an inclusive community in our social environs which allows others including non-scientists, IPs to collaborate on “big meaningful projects. Scientists need to share our knowledge and pour passion to find order where there is none, to find creative solutions to seemingly hopeless situations and to discover the common and shared humanity, across individual diversities manifested in different cultures, languages, spiritual beliefs, and social status.”

Further, Dr. De Ungria said “It is the need for natural scientists to value the social impact of our research.” She then cited Mark Zuckerberg to create a world where everybody has a purpose. Working with IPs is an example of inclusive development.

Dr. De Ungria  currently heads the DNA Analysis Laboratory of the Natural Sciences Research Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman, QC. This laboratory conducts research, training and actual casework on enhancing the country’s capacity to conduct DNA analysis for forensic applications. 

She acquired her Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology at the University of South Wales in Sydney, Australia






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