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  http://www.techblade.ph/2017/10/egov-awards-2017-coming-up.html

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 Chargé 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 www.animahenasyon.com or email Micah Roncillo at micah.ronquillo@animationcouncil.org.

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”.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Protecting Filipino Data (Part 1)

Posted By: The Mail Man - Monday, November 06, 2017

In 2014, it was estimated that 2.5 quintillion bytes of data were created every day worldwide. In the Philippine2, 42.1 million are on Facebook and 13 million on Twitter. This, along with the Gross IT Spending of US$4.4 Billion in 2016 is evidence of the growing digital economy and increase of international trade in data.

Aside from that, many Filipinos are already digitally “stamped” since most of the everyday transactions in government and private institutions that require collection and storage of data and information from business permit applications to hospital and doctor’s appointments.

The nature and volume of the data collected and stored require privacy policies and even more strict security procedures and systems.

The Congress of the Philippines passed Republic act 10173 or otherwise known as the  Data Privacy Act (DPA) of 2012.  By September 9, 2016, the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) were put into effect. This also established the National Privacy Commission (NPC) that will implement the DPA.

The DPA aims to make public institutions and agencies and private companies and corporations responsible for the data that they collect and store. It is not only restricted to storage but also about the way the data collected from individuals and the public is used and even disposed of.

The collection of data from the public must be transparent and legal. The public must be informed where and how the information they divulge will be used and what are its intentions.

Any improper use of such information and improper disposal of collected and stored information will result in fines of up to Php5.0 million and imprisonment for a maximum of 7 years.

It is acknowledged that compromise of data or breach in data storage is happening and those industry experts have called for new ways of fighting such data breaches and it is based on Three New Realities. These are :

1. There must be a New Perimeter safeguarded by passwords and credentials.
2. Always Assume that there is a Breach. It is approaching the system as if there is a breach and the defense is the “Prevent” Approach.
3. 80% of the breach is due to the use of non-approved software and apps in the workplace.

This is to acknowledge that today, there are many attack vectors and protection must be done on several layers.

Also, it is important to note that the cost of systems breach is at 2.6 million US Dollars daily. It not only disrupts service but also damages the reputations of the institution, companies, and corporations who are the victims of such breaches.

In protecting data and information the following are needed.

1. Protect
2. Detect
3. Respond
4. Expertise
5. Resources
6. Time.

The above-mentioned requirements will be further added into since data protection against data breach is a continuing evolution.

(To be continued)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Tarlac Solar Generator Developed at TSU

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Tarlac State University (TSU) successfully tested a solar-powered generator that was able to power all appliances in a residential unit.

The multi-voltage solar power generator was able to pass its pilot test when it was launched by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Barangay Ungot, Tarlac City.

The project received funding from DOST Region III under its Grants-in-Aid (GIA) program. The solar generator  provided power to air conditioners, electric lights, a refrigerator, a television set, electric fans simultaneously.

The project was led by Prof. Rodel Botio of TSU and DOST Region II added that similar projects are also ongoing in two other state universities. These are Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU) in Bacolor, Pampanga and at the Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT) in Baler, Aurora. 

DOST Region III is encouraging and supporting similar projects on renewable energy by state universities and colleges in the region. This will contribute to the modernization of the agriculture, health, environmental and industrial sectors.

Discussing the pilot testing, Prof. Botio claimed that the solar powered generator can provide bot Alternating Current and Direct Current at 220V and 12V respectively. The pilot testing of the project on a residential unit brought decreased the electricity bill from Php6,000 to Php1,500 in 1 month.

A similar solar DC power unit being tested in Munoz, Nueva Ecija is providing electricity for up to 6 electric light bulbs and one electric fan. The house is 100% powered by solar energy.

Through its GIA program, the DOST provides assistance to local government units and the academe to implement projects and conduct research that will benefit the marginalized people in the communities.

RICE Awards for Sci. & Tech. in Region X

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, October 25, 2017
The top prize for the Outstanding Utility Model goes to the team from the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines.

Awards were given to outstanding inventions at Region X by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit (RICE).

This was during the Regional Science and Technology Week celebration last September in Cagayan de Oro City. 

The Dry Grain Picking Apparatus developed by Consorcio S. Namoco, Jr., Juvy T. Cloma, Gerby C. Rabago, and Reginal A. Surbano won the top award in the Outstanding Utility Model category.  The team came from the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP). They garnered the top prize of Php30,000.00.

The Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) team won in the Likha or Creative Research category with their Device for Transformer Load Management. The inventors were Karl Martin A. Aldueso, Marven E. Jabian and Kister Genesis M. Gimenez earning the prize of Php25,000.00

Christin Grant O. Bunane, Mike Francis N. Caina and Gerard E. Delfin, also from USTP won the College Sibol Student Creative Research category took the plum with their Air Quality Monitoring and Filtering Device. The prize amounts to Php25,000.00.

While in the Sibol Student Creative Research category for High School, the team the Iligan City East National High School composed of  from Verneece Charity F. Amlon, Kiarah S. Garma, Uriah Maxine D. Lumbo, and Angela Rayne J. Torres, with adviser Honey Ritzel G. Barillo, won with their XYVO All Natural Throat Lozenges

The winners will represent Region X in the National Invention Contest and Exhibit to be held next year.

99 entries from Region X’s local inventors and researchers vied for the top prizes and awards and set the record for the region’s highest number of participants in the RICE event. “We have a record-breaking number of participating inventions this year,” proclaimed DOST-X Regional Director Alfonso P. Alamban said

The utilization of local inventions is given recognition as emphasized by DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations Brenda Nazareth-Manzano in her keynote speech. 

“The outputs of our innovators merit our recognition,” “but more than that, these scientific outputs should be utilized by us, the greater public, to help answer our needs wherever suitable” Manzano added.

PH Team Wins in WorldSkills Competition

Posted By: The Mail Man - Wednesday, October 25, 2017
44th WorldSkills Competion, Abu Dhabi UAE 2017

The Philippines returned to the 44th WorldSkills Competition and impressed the field with their Medallions of Excellence achievement. 

After 14 years, the Philippines sent a team and showcased the skills of the Filipino. Joven Hayagan won a Medallion of Excellence Award in the IT Software Solution Business Category and Jalanie Dimacalang garnered the award for Web Design Development.

The duo was the only national team where the members won awards. 

The WorldSkills Competition dates back to 1950 and aims to promote skills development among the youth and is the largest vocational skills competition worldwide.

China got the most medals haul with 15 golds, 7 silvers, and 8 bronzes while South Korea came in as runner-up with 8 golds, 8 silvers, and 8 bronzes while Switzerland rounded the top three with 11 golds, 6 silvers and 3 bronze medals.

Biao Song, from China, was awarded the Albert Vidal award - the prestigious award granted to the competitor who achieved the highest score overall across all skill competitions, an award that is named in memory of the founder of WorldSkills.

This year’s edition had visitors of 100,000 and had 1,300 competitors from 60 countries. 

"There is 25 per cent of youth unemployment in Middle East and that is an unacceptable level of unemployment. You have disappointed youth and social issues - so they have to get jobs, but we know they are more likely to get jobs if they have skills," Simon Bartley, president of WorldSkills said.

"I'm impressed with the entire competition and I'm impressed by the excellence of the young people, their dedication, their speed, their accuracy and total commitment to winning," Bartley added.

The Philippine team was trained by the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and have also participated in other regional skills competitions.

The next WorldSkills Competition will be held in Kazan, Russia.

Monday, October 23, 2017

eGOV Awards 2017 Coming Up

Posted By: The Mail Man - Monday, October 23, 2017
NICP Board of Trustee member Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue presenting the EGOV Awards at the National LGU-ICT Forum  

The 2017 Edition of the eGOV Awards will be held on November 16 – 17, 2017 at Cagayan de Oro City. The much-awaited conclusion of the competition among Local Government Units (LGUs) that has been held annually since 2012 will recognize the LGU that conducts best practices in governance using information and communications technology.

The awarding will be held during the 9th National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) Summit.  The LGU that best delivers its effective and efficient services to its citizens and business sectors is adjudged as the winner of this year’s search among participating LGUs.

Atty Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, eGOV Awards Director and member of the Board of Trustees of the NICP enjoined all the participants of the recently concluded National LGU – ICT Forum to come and visit the NICP National Summit in Cagayan de Oro City this November.

The e-GOV Awards aims to promote best practices by LGUs using ICT not only in deliveries of basic services to its constituents but a prime factor is the selection for the eGOV Award is the ability to foster a culture of “Ease of Doing Business” in the LGU. This factor spurs economic growth thus enabling the LGU to enhance its infrastructure and basic services to its citizens. It will give the capacity to LGUs to become catalysts of change and index models of development.

The NICP and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) strategically collaborated for the eGOV Awards wherein te Memorandum of Agreement was signed by then NICP President Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, the late DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo and  Cyber City Teleservices Philippines Inc. (CCTP) President George Sorio as signatories.

The criteria for judging for the awards are the following:

1. Innovation
2. Impact
3. Relevance
4. Replication Potential.

The eGOV Awards have the following categories:

1. The Best In Customer Empowerment (G2C) Award
2. The Best in Business Empowerment (G2B) Award 
3. The Best in eGOV Government Inter-Operability Empowerment (G2G) Award
4. The Best in eGOV Digital Finance Empowerment (G2P) Award
5. The Best in eGOV Data-Driven Governance (D2G) Award 

Previous eGOV Awards Winners are the following:

1. Sta. Rosa City, Laguna (2012)
2. DILG, Quezon City (2013)
3. SM Lnang, Davao City (2014)
4. Legaspi City (2015)
5. Tacloban City (2016) 


Saturday, October 21, 2017

CREATE Philippines October 2017: a complete guide to the country’s presentation of creative industries

Posted By: The Mail Man - Saturday, October 21, 2017

It’s inherent for artists to create a craft or showcase their talents to express themselves. Inspiration is the fuel that makes a creative’s mind turn, but the bigger picture sits on what follows the creation process – the recognition and nurturing of artists’ gifts.

Budding artists, most of them young, are testing their capabilities and are looking to professionals for advice on how to make it big in the creative scene. Creative gatherings, events, and workshops are bridges that connect novices and experts. They also serve as platforms where inspiration and potential business partnerships bloom.

An important facet of the country’s identity, the Philippines’ creative industry has been elevating artists to local and international recognition for so many years now while also contributing to the nation’s economic growth. Aiming to harness this pool of creative geniuses, the government through the Department of Trade of Industry is building a stronger and more competent Philippine creative industry.

Born out of this endeavor is CREATE Philippines, a trade event on Oct. 20 to 22 organized by the DTI through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) that will promote the lucrative economic potential of the country’s creative industries to an international market. It will encourage sharing of innovative business ideas and collaborative opportunities.

CREATE Philippines coincides with the 66th edition of Manila FAME, the country’s premier and lifestyle platform also organized by CITEM. The event has three major components: forum, exhibit, and music fest. 

With the theme “Developing an International Market for Filipino Creative Content and Creative Services,” CREATE Philippines’ series of forums feature some of the biggest personalities and industry leaders from the country’s fast-growing creative sectors: Visual Arts & Graphic Design, Music & Performing Arts, Film & Animation, Digital Games & Apps, Advertising Content & Production, and Communication Design.

Representatives from popular brands and companies such as Google, Billboard, Walt Disney, ABS-CBN, and Team Manila, among others, are sharing their success stories and vision on how to develop the country’s creative industry.

Creative councils are also participating, namely: Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), Animation Council of the Philippines (ACPI), Communication Design Association of the Philippines, Soundsright, the British Council, Association of Accredited Advertising Agencies Philippines, CPHG, and the Philippine Association of Independent Music (PHAIM) established by Homonym.

The Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Board of Investments (BOI), National Commission for Culture and the Arts or NCCA) are the government agencies supporting CREATE Philippines. 

CREATE Philippines serves as the launchpad for the Creative Economy Council of the Philippines (CECP) as the new generation of industry champions. CECP aims to elevate the country as one of the top five creative economies in Asia Pacific by 2030 alongside South Korea, China, Japan, and India.

The exhibit dubbed as ArtAlive is a showcase of the Filipino creative heritage: the pre-conquest artistic expressions and crafting traditions, contemporary products, and the modern global influences in design, music, animation, film, and visual communication. ArtAlive has two touchpoints: Creation Station and Uni-Installations by design schools and universities.

Featuring pocket performances of independent bands, the music fest shines a spotlight on Ben & Ben, Conscious & the Goodness, and Ang Bandang Shirley, among others.

The National Digital Arts Award (NDAA) Night will be held on the last day of CREATE Philippines on Sunday, Oct. 22. Launched by Globaltronics alongside Brand Guerrilla PH and Synergy88, NDAA is a competition for young Filipino digital artists that aims to recognize and encourage the youth’s creative skills and talents in digital games, animation and motion graphics, and print.

Sponsored by PLDT Enterprise and Team Manila, CREATE Philippines an official trade activity of the ASEAN Summit 2017 under the ASEAN 2017 Committee on Business and Investment Promotions (CBIP) led by Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado. Ex-Link serves as the event management and marketing partner, with Brand Guerrilla, Globaltronics, Synergy88, and 1-Digi Relate as event partners.

For more information, visit www.createphilippines.com

Friday, October 20, 2017

CREATE Philippines to gather Filipino animators, boost PHL’s contribution to global animation industry

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, October 20, 2017
Synergy88, a member of the Animation Council of the Philippines, helped craft some of the essential aspects of The Coalition and Microsoft Studios’ “Gears of War 4.” (Photo: Gears of War – Official Site, www.gearsofwar.com)

Talented Filipinos have been making their mark in the international animation scene for many years now. Hollywood has been introduced to the artistic minds of Ronnie del Carmen, co-director of Pixar and Disney’s hit 2015 flick, “Inside Out;” Josie Trinidad, co-head of story of Disney’s “Zootopia; Armand Serrano, visual development artist for “Tarzan,” “Lilo and Stitch,” “Hotel Transylvania,” and Maricel Pagulayan, visual effects producer of “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” “The Smurfs,” and “Avatar,” among others.

These individuals are proof that Filipinos are very competitive and can succeed in the global animation industry, which is worth US$244 billion in 2015 with the United States, Canada, Japan, France, Britain, and Germany as the leading animation markets.

North American and European film and television program producers outsource computer animation to Asian countries. Western studios first built and maintained production facilities in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, but have now also forged partnerships in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Indonesia, and China.

The Filipino animation industry’s expertise is full 2D and 3D animation. In the last 30 years, animators in the Philippines helped the creation of “Dragon Ball Z,” “Tom & Jerry,” “Scooby Doo,” and many other popular cartoon shows.

Now, the government is shining a spotlight on the country’s animation sector come Oct. 20-22 through CREATE Philippines, the first international creative industry trade event in the country organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

CREATE Philippines is where creative professionals gather, connect, and catalyze new business ideas and opportunities. It will highlight fast-growing creative sectors such as Visual Arts & Graphic Design, Communication Design, Advertising Content & Production, Film & Animation, Digital Games & Apps, and Music & Performing Arts.

Among CREATE Philippines’ guests of honor is the Animation Council of the Philippines (ACPI), which will share its strategies and plans to drive the Filipino animation industry into becoming a strong export player. Marlyn Montano, founder of TeamApp and Holy Cow Animation, is representing ACPI as one of the forum speakers in the three-day event happening at CITEM-HallONE and the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) in Pasay City, Metro Manila.

ACPI President Juan Miguel del Rosario thanked CITEM and DTI for initiating CREATE Philippines and recognizing the animation industry as a part of the country’s creative sector. He also expressed his gratitude to BOI for including animation in its investment priority programs for 2017. 

“Finally, animation is getting recognized… Since last year, there has been solid backing from the government,” Mr. del Rosario said. “It is a dream come true… it’s been very heartwarming and I’m going to say thank you for the government support.”

Other government institutions that ACPI is in partnership with are the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), DepEd, CHED, and TESDA, among others. According to ACPI Secretary Ricky Orellana, financing is a huge factor in animation projects. One needs a budget that befits a high-quality animation.

ACPI has a booth at the Marché International des Programmes de Communication (MIPCOM), the world’s entertainment content market attended by industry bigwigs, to be held from October 16 to 19 at Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. ACPI’s members (Synergy88, Team Apps, TOEI Animation, Neun Farben, Top Peg Animation & Creative Studio, Morph Animation, etc.) are coming to MIPCOM 2017 with support from DTI, and is also open to taking non-members if slots for members aren’t filled.

Orellana said that the country’s Emmy Award-winning studio, Toon City Animation, is participating at MIPCOM, with newcomer Toast & Brew also in the lineup of attendees. These Filipino animators at MIPCOM 2017 will showcase original content and possibly sell them or secure partnerships with international animation and production studios. The event, which has Disney, HBO, and Warner Bros. as some of its major participants, is attended by more than 100 countries, nearly 14,000 participants, over 1,900 exhibiting companies, and almost 5,000 buyers.

Animahenasyon, ACPI’s annual Filipino animation festival to be held on Nov. 9-12, will have five of its titles screened at the Fête du cinéma d'animation in France on Oct. 31. Orellana, who also serves as Animahenasyon’s festival director, said that this is a big honor because this is the first time that a Filipino animation will be shown at the European festival. 

CREATE Philippines is an official trade activity of the ASEAN Summit 2017 under the ASEAN 2017 Committee on Business and Investment Promotions (CBIP) led by DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado. 

For more information about CREATE Philippines, email createphilippines@citem.com.ph or visit www.createphilippines.com.

DTI Pushes for Growth of PH Creative Industry

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, October 20, 2017

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is all set to unify the different sectors of the Philippine creative industry to nurture the industry to become a key driver for economic growth.

Through its programs, DTI will promote the lucrative economic potential of the Philippines’ creative industries, creative clusters, and creative cities as a viable strategy for sustainable and inclusive development in the region.

In 2014, the creative industry employed 14.4 percent of the country’s total labor force and contributed to P661 billion pesos, 7.34 percent of the country’s total GDP. Worldwide, the creative industry is valued at $2,250 billion. 

“As host of the 30th ASEAN Summit, we are in a prime position to push for the ASEAN initiative to foster creative economies and develop at least one creative city in the country,” said Trade and Investments Promotion Group (TIPG) Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado.

DTI, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, is set to take advantage of the multi-billion industry through CREATE Philippines, the Philippines’ first international creative industry trade show.

Featuring the best and the brightest in the Philippine creative scene, CREATE Philippines will serve as a development platform where artists, professionals, content creators, and developers can showcase their work and vie for business opportunities.

The trade show will serve as an idea hub, pitching event, masterclass venue, and trade fair focusing on fast-growing creative sectors, namely: Visual Arts & Graphic Design, Communication Design, Advertising Content & Production, Film & Animation, Digital Games & Apps, and Music & Performing Arts.

CREATE Philippines will run concurrent to the 66th edition of Manila FAME, the country’s premier lifestyle, and design event, on October 20-22 at the Philippine Trade and Training Center and HallONE, Pasay City.

“[CREATE Philippines] will streamline the nation’s long-term goal of developing creative cities in the Philippines under the UNESCO creative cities network. It will accelerate the roadmap for the development of the country’s creative industry as we introduce the Creative Economy Council of the Philippines (CECP) as the new generation of industry champions,” Terrado said.

“The event will give a more unified voice to the industry through the collective participation of various agencies, members of public and private sectors, and other key stakeholders,” she added.

CECP and the Board of Investments (BOI) are working together to put the Philippines in the top five creative economies in Asia Pacific alongside South Korea, Japan, China, and India by 2030.

Creative industries, such as animation and game development, fall under the fast-growing information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) industry, which the government pins its high hopes to due to its huge financial contribution to the Philippines’ economy. The IT-BPM industry generated more than $25 billion in revenue in 2016, and is expecting to double that with $40 billion and provide 1.8 million additional jobs by 2022.

BOI has included creative industries in its 2017 Investment Priorities Plan, particularly in services that involve original content production such as animation, game and software development, and engineering design, among others. CECP, a think tank strategy group comprised of members from several creative industries, is serving as the government’s “single point of communication” with private creative sectors.

Cityserv: Making LGUs Smarter

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, October 20, 2017
Use of Moblie Applications for More Efficient and Transparent Local Service Delivery session Panel Discussion. From Left Crystal Eunice Dela Cruz, Dep. Director of the Union of Local Authorities of the Phils. (ULAP), Joemari Mercado of Microsoft Phils., Chie Malaki of Highly Succeed, Lucette Dela Rosa, Dept. Head MIS Section, Taytay, Rizal

The solution to the governance challenges of Local Government Units (LGUs) has arrived with Cityserv.

LGUs have to be more responsive and interactive with its citizens in these times. The era of having the traditional method of using manpower to address the needs of its citizens have long passed. It is acknowledged that LGUs cannot simply cope with the demands of an ever-increasing population, urbanization, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM), health services and education all at the same time. 

The services of LGUs is a cradle to grave endeavor and Cityserv has risen to the challenge.

Cityserv is a fully integrated system wherein LGUs can automate and create proactive solutions to the management challenges presented. 

Cityserv systems have Revenue generation systems that streamline and automate the real property taxes and business taxes of the city or municipality. This not only serves the employees of the LGU but importantly gives its citizens faster and easier processes so that revenue collection is more accurate and have shorter processing duration. 

In Iloilo City, Cityserv is currently being utilized for its Real Property Tax collections, monitoring and database management. It has a tracking system for transactions that it is also available as a mobile app that can be used by its citizens whenever they conduct transactions with the city.

The Office of the Mayor of Batangas City has employed the Cityserv system in its Mayor’s Action Center. This is not just a queuing system for those who need the assistance of the Office of the Mayor. The Cityserv system serves as a tracking system so that the Office of the Mayor can analyze the needs of its constituents that range from education, health, social-related concerns, complaints, peace and order, housing and even social calls.

The system will then point out what relevant city department will address the issues and concerns encountered by the Office of the Mayor. This results in faster response time and quick resolutions of the concerns. The database is also used for analysis of the concerns raised and planning and decisions can be made proactively based on the data collated by the Cityserv system.

The current most comprehensive Cityserv solution is being used in Taytay, Rizal. The Best Taytay mobile app is both for the LGU government and its citizens. 

It is utilized in disseminating information to the citizens of Taytay, Rizal. The Best Taytay app releases news and announcements by the LGU government that pertains not only to DRRM but also information about the policies of the LGU. It also provides a directory of all pertinent LGU offices and agencies ranging from the Office of the Mayor all the way to General Services and of course the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), the PNP, BFP and Rural Health Units (RHUs) and Health Centers.

The unique feature of Cityserv’s Best Taytay app is its interactive component. This enables the citizens to report incidents, ask for the relevant assistance needed, and emergency reports. They can also send pictures of notable places in Taytay.

Lucette Dela Rosa, the department of Taytay's Management Information Section gave a run through of the capabilities of the system which gives the citizens the ability to view from their mobile devices city establishments and locations of places of interest on a map. 

The Best Taytay apps salient features in DRRM aside from reporting and response is the capacity of the LGU to know where their DRRM assets are in its Asset Map.  These assets can be emergency vehicles and emergency personnel availability and deployment. This real-time inventory of DRRM assets is critical in times of emergencies. But the app also has a feature on knowing the age of the emergency equipment and machinery so that planned asset acquisition and purchases can be implemented.

Cityserv’s Best Taytay app is not only restricted to the municipal government but also to 5 barangay governments of the municipality.

Lucette Dela Rosa stated that the Best Taytay project also has its database for analyzing and evaluating the performance of the system and continuous improvement of the system is part of its evolution so as to optimize the LGUs service.

Chie Malaki of Highly Succeed’s Business Development Management stated that LGUs are becoming more aggressive in digital applications as a crucial component of its governance system and there is a large potential yet to be harnessed.

Cityserv presented its systems and app during the National LGU ICT Forum 2017 held last October 19, 2017, at the Hotel H2O with the topic of Use of Moblie Applications for More Efficient and Transparent Local Service Delivery session. 

If you want your LGU to be Cityserve-enabled, a free evaluation, and consultation at www.sales@higlysucceed.com.

Cityserv website: www.cityserv.oneserv.ph

Friday, October 13, 2017

DICT, NICP To Launch Digital Cities PH in National ICT Summit

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, October 13, 2017
NICP ICT 2017 Summit Organizing Committee

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), the umbrella organization of information and communications technology (ICT) Councils across the country will jointly launch DigitalCitiesPH Launch during the 9th NICP ICT Summit on November 16 to 17, 2017 in Cagayan de Oro City.

Hosted by the Cagayan de Oro ICT Business Council, this year’s summit proper is set on the first day with the theme, CDOx or Countryside Digital Opportunities Exchange.

The second day is the 6th eGov Awards, or Awards for Excellence in ICT for Good Governance for Local Government Units, an annual search for the best practices in local government units. Entries are evaluated according to its relevant utilization of information and communications technology (ICT) to effectively and efficiently deliver its public services directly to its constituents and other stakeholders.

The awards ceremony in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Office of Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government and the DICT.

The two-day event is also supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OROCHAMBER), the Cagayan de Oro ICT Business Council and the City Government of Cagayan de Oro.

The Summit brings together about 700 stakeholders and experts from the public and private stakeholders to share industry trends, developments, best practices, and identify challenges and ways to generate new investments and create jobs, especially in the countryside.

This year’s goals are to keep up with the current trends in the global ICT industry, prepare for and embrace the countryside digital opportunities, enable a sustainable ecosystem for tech industry and innovation to flourish, and link people in the countryside to global ICT companies for career opportunities.

The key panel topics include enhancing country competitiveness, developing talent development programs, building innovation and startup ecosystem, stepping up to knowledge processes, promoting open governance, understanding disruptive technologies, identifying strategies to attract specific niches to the countryside, and harnessing role of ICT councils.

Stephanie Caragos
President, NICP
Email: stephanie@nicp.org.ph
cp no. 0917 704 7595 

HealthTech Challenge PH commemorates 60 years of PH-Switzerland diplomatic relations

Posted By: The Mail Man - Friday, October 13, 2017
(Front row, from L-R): TechTalks.ph Founder Tina Amper, Asian Institute of Management President and Dean Jikyeong Kang, PhD, VP Leni Robredo, Swiss Ambassador Andrea Reichlin, AIM Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management School Head Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go, joined by some of the mentors and judges of the HealthTech Challenge during the demo day last October 4 held at the Asian Institute of Management. 

HealthTech Challenge PH commemorates 60 years of PH-Switzerland diplomatic relations

VP Leni Robredo praises Switzerland as example for PH health-focused tech solutions

The health technology competition seeking homegrown solutions to expand Filipinos’ access to Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC) was organized by the Embassy of Switzerland in the Philippines in partnership with Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and TechTalks.ph to celebrate 60 years of PH-Switzerland diplomatic relations.

“Switzerland has long acknowledged the central importance of technology, research and development to keep its health care system one of the best among OECD countries. This morning’s competition is our own little way in contributing to the ongoing innovations in Philippine universal healthcare, as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relationships between Switzerland and the Philippines. E-Health solutions are very important if we are to improve efficiencies and keep up with the times,” said Swiss Ambassador in the Philippines Andrea Reichlin.

Held last October 4 at the AIM in Makati City, HealthTech Challenge PH was graced by Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo who praised the one-day event for following Switzerland's example in giving the opportunity to tech startups and solutions to address the country's silent crisis of public health.

“Without exception, companies, individuals, and governments have scrambled to adapt to these ever-changing times. And with the power of technology, health-focused tech startups and solutions represent an important opportunity to widen access to basic services in ways that have never been done before,” said VP Robredo.

“From the farthest areas, [the Swiss] can request for emergency services even when cellular, internet or GPS connectivity is not available. No wonder Switzerland has one of the best healthcare systems in the world,” she said.

According to the World Health Organization, Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC) means all people and communities can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.

HealthTech Challenge Winners

Photo 2 Caption: The Decision Labs wins the HealthTech Challenge. 
(From L-R): TechTalks.ph Founder Tina Amper, Sym.ph Founder and CEO Dave Overton, The Decision Labs Founder and CEO Anupam Chatterjee, and Openovate.com CEO and Founder Christian Blanquera. 
The Decision Labs, which uses embedded analytics to enhance patient experience in hospitals through its flagship product CEMPIA, clinched the HealthTech Challenge top prize.

Winning second prize and third prize are BloodHero, an online community platform for blood donors committed to life, and Wireless Access for Health, which helps over 100 local government partners manage and improve local healthcare through its digital health platform.

Tech-based products like websites, mobile apps, hardware and software solutions covered by the HealthTech Challenge competition includes any stage of the healthcare process from awareness, diagnosis, treatment, tracking, and monitoring.

Other finalists that made it to the final run include Open CPD Network, JazzyPay, Novostorm, Medix.PH, and Getz Clinical.

The Open CPD Network aims to create a new partnership arrangement offering accredited CPD Courses through online portals at #ZeroCost to the participants. JazzyPay is a web and mobile secured-payment platform designed for customers to pay educational and medical institutions directly using multi-currency consolidated payment solutions.

Novostorm provides patient flow management solutions to hospitals. Medix.PH is an electronic medical record (EMR) platform for hospitals and clinics. Getz Clinical offers clinical software that improves accuracy, security, and accessibility of patient data.

HealthTech Challenge judges include Kenneth Hartigan-Go, MD, School Head of the AIM Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management; Dr. John Q. Wong, EpiMetrics, Inc. President; Christine Fajardo, Novartis Director; Dave Overton, Sym.ph founder and CEO; Dr. Tonyboy Faraon, Zuellig Foundation Vice President; Christian Blanquera, Openovate.com CEO & Founder; 

HealthTech Challenge mentors include Mark John Buenconsejo, Next Level Founder; Prof. Rene T. Domingo, AIM Management Consultant and Professor; Prof. Gaston D. Ortigas Jr. AIM Associate Professor; Jason Torres, Mashup Garage Co-Founder and CTO; Dr. Marian F. Concepcion, Program Manager of the LEARNS Evaluation Team; and Prof. Matthew George O. Escobido, AIM Assistant Professor and head of the new program Masters in Innovation and Business.    

Event background can be found at www.TechTalks.ph/healthtech or contact info@TechTalks.ph.

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