Yearly Archives: 2016

Palawan eyed as eco-tourism hub

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY – The three congressmen representing Palawan want the province to be declared the country’s ecological tourism capital.

In House Bill 4273, co-authors and Reps. Gil Acosta, Frederic Abueg, and Franz Josef George Alvarez called for more government support in helping Palawan leaders continue programs to sustain ecological protection and improvement programs for the province. Continue reading

Free tuition pressuring Congress to pass law

FOLLOWING the allocation of P8.3 billion to fund free tuition in state universities and colleges (SUCs), the passage of a free higher education bill will be a government priority in January if the program is to be implemented by the second half of 2017.

 “The agreement in Congress and in the Senate is, first week of next year, we will start hearings on the bill. It needs to be a law soon,” Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian told BusinessWorld during a Friday phone interview.

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’Tis the season for mobile giving

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MANILA, Philippines – We’ve used our phones for payments — bills, load, online shopping. Now we can use it as well as for giving.

Donating to charity or other worthy causes is now made easier through the gadget in our pocket. If you have a prepaid mobile number, the amount will be deducted from your load. If you have a postpaid account, it will be charged to your monthly bill. Continue reading

The best video games to play with your family at Christmas

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At Christmas – as with any occasion where your whole extended family is crammed into one house amid an abundance of unresolved tensions and alcohol – Monopoly is not always the answer. Similarly, there are times in life when Trivial Pursuit is just going to make everything worse, and when people simply don’t want to hear you explain the rules to Settlers of Catan for the 300th time. Sometimes, only video games will do. Continue reading

Raspberry Pi releases an OS to breathe new life into old PCs

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released an experimental version of its Linux-based Pixel OS for Windows and Mac PCs. The OS, originally designed to run only on the Raspberry Pi hobby board, comes with the Chromium web browser and a suite of productivity and coding tools. “We asked ourselves one simple question: If we like Pixel so much, why ask people to buy Raspberry Pi hardware in order to run it?” founder Eben Upton wrote in a blog post. Continue reading

SK Hynix to Spend $2.6 Billion Boosting Chip Output for Mobile

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(Bloomberg) — SK Hynix Inc., the world’s second-largest memory chipmaker, will spend 3.16 trillion won ($2.6 billion) boosting production to meet growing demand for mobile and computer storage.

The supplier to Apple Inc. and Sony Corp. said Thursday it will invest 2.21 trillion won on a new plant in Cheongju, south of Seoul, to meet increasing demand for the NAND flash chips used in smartphones. It will spend another 950 billion won on its plant in Wuxi, China to raise capacity for dynamic random access memory or DRAM chips. Last year, the chipmaker said it will invest a total of 46 trillion won in boosting chip production. Continue reading

Oro National ICT Summit Seeks To Update 2022 Road Map

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The Cagayan de Oro ICT Business Council will host the ninth staging of the National ICT Summit on still to be decided dates in November, 2017 at Cagayan de Oro City, in recognition of its status s a leading “Next-Wave City”

Stephanie P. Caragor, Cagayan de Oro ICT Business Council Chair who was recently elected National President of the National Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) will also oversee the summit chaired by Alaxander G. Paras . Continue reading

Google Will Launch Two New Smartwatches Next Year

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Smartwatches have yet to really catch on, but Google is aiming to fix that with newfound interest in the area. The search giant will produce two flagship wearables during the first quarter of next year according to a report from the Verge.

Citing Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang, the report indicates Google will be dropping two in-house made smartwatches powered by the company’s new Android Wear 2.0 operating system. The long-rumored devices will be the first smartwatches to make use of the platform. Continue reading

Best smartphones of CES 2017: What to expect

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Considering there’s a dedicated smartphone convention held in February in the form of Mobile World Congress, you can sometimes wonder why manufacturers would release any smartphones at CES in January.

In previous years, flagship phones have been reserved for MWC or separate events, and more mid-range handsets have been shown off in Las Vegas. We expect much of the same again for the next show in January, although unsurprisingly not a lot has been formally announced just yet, but we do know of some companies that will be at the show, so we can take some pretty educated guesses. Continue reading

Breakwater made of ‘dead corals’ mine – Palawan governor

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PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – A breakwater – allegedly made of dead corals and rocks as foundation – has enraged a non-governmental organization here.

Palawan Network of NGOs Inc (PNNI) said the riprap, built in Velasco Island in San Vicente town in Northern Palawan, is owned by Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez, who also chairs the multi-sectoral and intergovernmental body, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD). Continue reading

Palawan town mayor faces graft case for pumpboat purchase

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MANILA — Cuyo, Palawan Mayor Andrew Lim Ong faces a graft case before the Sandiganbayan for purchasing a P200,000 pumpboat without public bidding.

State prosecutors accused Ong of violating Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for allegedly conspiring with Rellie Giducos Alis over the purchase. Continue reading

Brother Philippines renews commitment

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The young girls and boys of Inigan Elementary have been a constant source of inspiration for Brother Philippines.

Last December 8, 2016, Brother Philippines once again renewed its support for the Inigan community this December 2016 with a fresh supply of ICT tools and school necessities, as well as a Lakbay Aral trip to the Museo Pambata and Fort Santiago for a day of fun and learning with the company’s employees. Continue reading

The Philippines Tourism Board has a slogan.

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In my opinion, yes. Not only were the visuals stunning, but I really did just have a ton of fun. You just get a vibe there that puts a smile on your face. The people are so laid back and friendly.

Combine that with an enormous offering of experiences and natural beauty make it like no other tourism destination in the world. Snorkeling in the clearest of water. kayaking in secluded coves…to me, it really was more fun in the Philippines. Continue reading

Giant scorpions found abandoned at Palawan pier

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has recovered hundreds of Malay giant scorpions abandoned in Palawan last weekend. In a statement, the PCG said the species, numbering 370, were found by Coast Guard personnel stationed at the Liminangcong Pier in Taytay, Palawan, last Dec. 11.

The giant scorpions were kept in tin cans packed in two boxes and abandoned at the cargo holding area of the Liminangcong Pier.

The PCG said the giant scorpions have an estimated market value of P564,000. A pier worker reported the abandoned cargo to the PCG. Continue reading

Applying ICT in agriculture

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By 2050, the world’s population will reach 9.2 billion, which will require food production to be increased by about 60 percent. This is no easy task.

With arable lands shrinking due to urbanization and climate change presenting numerous challenges to produce food from existing farms, there is a need to cascade proven technologies in farming and fishing communities, especially those with small holdings, to increase yield and incomes. Continue reading

Singapore willing to contribute to Philippines’ infrastructure, urban planning, and ICT

Singapore President Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam – on Thursday, December 15, at the Banquet Hall of Istana, the official residence and office of the President of Singapore – said Philippines and Singapore enjoy a robust friendship “anchored in a shared vision of peace, harmony, and prosperity for our countries and the region.” Continue reading

Palawan fishermen prepare for reef fishing open season

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PALAWAN – Fishermen in Palawan are preparing to go reef fishing for food, which will open on December 16.

During the open season, fishermen are allowed to catch groupers with sizes ranging from 32 to 47.5 centimeters.

The second closed season for reef fishing in Palawan started on October 16 and ends Thursday.

During this period, fishermen were not allowed to catch, transport, and sell live and fresh fish as stated in Administrative Order No. 5 implemented by Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD). Continue reading

Save the Binturong! Wait―What’s a Binturong?

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The Philippines just set aside more than 100,000 acres for pangolins, hornbills, forest turtles, and the mysterious, mustachioed “bearcat.”

Deep in the few remaining mature forests of the Philippines dwells an animal that defies easy explanation. It’s a fuzzy creature, with the squat body of a wolverine and the smirk of a raccoon. A prehensile tail with a bald patch helps the mammal lift its 50-pound body high into the tree canopy, and long, white whiskers give the furball the countenance of a woods wizard. Perhaps most intriguing of all, its anal gland secretions are said to smell like buttered popcorn. Mmmm. Continue reading

LOOK: ‘Santa’ docks in Palawan on handmade boat

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This American, who sometimes dresses up as Santa Claus to minister to children, is on a mission to sail around the world using only his handmade boat.

Jonathan Selby has been travelling by boat for two years now, trying to get back to home to America. In his every stop, he teaches kids some Christian songs and shares the gospel with them.

He started sailing in 2014 and has been to Singapore, Manila, Leyte, Boracay and Mindoro. His boat is currently docked in Dumaran, Palawan. Continue reading

ARMM shares how it delivers efficient government services via ICT

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The local government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) held its first ICT Summit last Monday (5 December 2016).

According to the Philippine News Agency, Abdelnur Campong, Chief of ARMM governors ICT office, shared at the event that the region now has better ICT. Before 2011, there were no efforts in establishing ICT in the regional

government. Continue reading