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Smart holds online workshop for Digital Farmers Program trainors

The pandemic has stopped general farming in its tracks, with 15 percent of crop-raising and fishing activities in the countryside suspended in March. The movement of produce from the provinces was thus affected, curtailing food supply in Metro Manila......»»

Category: techSource: thestandard thestandardJul 14th, 2020

Smart holds online workshop for trainors of digital farmers

The pandemic has stopped general farming in its tracks, with 15 percent of crop-raising and fishing activities in the countryside suspended in March. The movement of produce from the provinces was thus affected, curtailing food supply in Metro Manila......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 17th, 2020

DA training arm, Smart release free online learning course on farming basics

To help more Filipino farmers adapt to the digital shift brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, wireless services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and the Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI) have taken their Digital Farmers Program (DFP) training series to the digital space......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2021

PayMaya enables over 50 government agencies

Digital financial services provider PayMaya has enabled over 50 government agencies  to streamline their services and accept cashless payments online todate. From June 2019 to June 2020, the volume of transactions processed by PayMaya from partner government agencies surged 900 per cent. This shows the government efforts to encourage digital payments for fees and services by accepting debit, credit, and e-Wallet payments has paid off. “In the span of one year, government agencies have stepped up their efforts in digitalizing their processes,” according to Orlando B. Vea, Founder and CEO of PayMaya. Because of this, many agencies have been able to continue offering relevant services despite the current crisis, he added. To date, PayMaya has already inked partnerships with the Social Security System (SSS), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or PAG-IBIG, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Science and Technology, the Bureau of Customs, the Bureau of the Treasury through the Bonds.ph platform, the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Credit Policy Council, the Professional Regulation Commission, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), and the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC), among  others.  As part of measures needed to be observed in the ‘new normal’, PayMaya intends to enable more government agencies, institutions, and  local government units to accept cashless payments and digital disbursements. Hence, PayMaya has launched its LGUs Embracing and Accelerating Digitalization (L.E.A.D.) program to help local governments offer digital transactions for constituents. The company likewise enabled digital disbursements for the cities of Manila, Mandaluyong, Caloocan, Pasig, and Quezon City, particularly in delivering financial aid to beneficiaries severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  SSS and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) also tapped Paymaya  to distribute financial aid to beneficiaries of its Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) and Social Amelioration Program (SAP). Furthermore, it has powered the digital payment facilities of LGUs such as Valenzuela and Taguig. Through its app and wallet, PayMaya  provides millions of Filipinos with the fastest way to own a financial account with over 40,000 Add Money touchpoints nationwide, more than double the total number of traditional bank branches in the Philippines combined. Its Smart Padala by PayMaya network of over 30,000 partner touchpoints nationwide serves as last mile digital financial hubs in communities, providing the unbanked and underserved with access to services. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Opportunity to reform market economy

The crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic provides a singular opportunity to significantly reform the so-called free market economy that has been embraced by countries of different political shades and persuasions, from socialist China to capitalist America.  Although it cannot be denied that the experiment with market-oriented economic policies by China has resulted in the liberation from dehumanizing poverty of hundreds of millions of people over the last 20  to 30 years, there continues to be scandalous disparity of income and wealth among those who have benefited from these reforms and those who have been left behind.  The massive unemployment that has been caused by the lockdowns of  economies all over the world has worsened the inequity in the distribution of income even in the most developed countries of Europe and elsewhere. The human sufferings that we are witnessing during the worst global economic crisis in 150 year  should bring world leaders to finally come to their senses and listen to what Pope Francis has been saying about   the limitations of the free market economy in respecting the dignity of each human person and in pursuing the common good of society. In The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis clearly states that “the dignity of each human person and the pursuit of the common good are concerns which ought to shape all economic policies. At times, however, they seem to be a mere addendum imported from without in order to fill out a political discourse lacking in perspectives or plans for true and integral development.”  The Holy Father points out that  growth in social justice “requires more than economic growth, while presupposing such growth.”  it requires decisions, programs, mechanisms, and processes especially geared to a better distribution of income, the creation of sources of employment, and an integral promotion of the poor which goes beyond a simple welfare mentality.”  In the publication “This Economy Kills,” authors Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, inspired by the teachings of Pope Francis, enumerate the types of leaders who are needed for authentic human development in both developed and emerging markets.  According to them, we need “men and women who look to the future, who are committed to pursue the common  good and whose goal is not just the next election campaign.  It requires men and women who not only look at the spread and stock market indices as indicators of the health of a country but inquire whether the younger generations have a job, a future, and hope; whether children have kindergartens and schools that can educate them by introducing them to reality; whether couples have the opportunity to buy a house; whether there are effective welfare programs available for the elderly; and whether those who still bet on the future by putting children into the world are justly taxed, rather than penalized.  It requires men and women who are engaged in politics and work in institutions without corrupting themselves or letting others corrupt them, even managing perhaps to revive a minimum of esteem (which has never been so in decline) for that ‘highest form of charity’—that is, politics—in as much as it is exclusively committed to the common good and to the real lives of people, with special attention   and dedication to those in difficulty, those left behind, those  who are excluded and should be included.” We have in the above quote a program that should permeate the so-called new normal post-pandemic.  What I have read so far about prognostications concerning the “new normal” are mostly about means, not ends. There is a lot of talk about the digital transformation that all economic sectors shall have undergone as a response to the changes in consumer lifestyle and business practices brought about by COVID-19. It asserted that digitalization will be a universal practice. Online purchases of practically all types of consumer goods and services; modes of payments; delivery of formal education and all types  of skills training; banking practices; religious services; sports events; forms of entertainment; etc.  These transformations, however,  could occur without addressing the fundamental problem of great disparities in the distribution of income and wealth and may even exacerbate the problem of the poor if, for example, their children are further left behind because they lack the resources to participate in online learning.  Although the means are also important, there should be greater emphasis in the transformation of the ends or objectives of the economic system.  Our leaders should ask themselves how to make the structural changes necessary to reduce mass poverty (which has worsened during the many lockdowns made necessary by the pandemic).  In more concrete terms, the economic system should be geared to providing more nutritious food to the poorest of the poor; better quality education and health care to the bottom 20 percent of the population; free health services to those who cannot afford them;  socialized housing for the homeless; and well paying jobs for the unemployed and underemployed. The new normal should give the highest priority to providing the small farmers with what they need to eke out a decent living by providing them with the necessary infrastructures such as farm-to-market roads, irrigation systems, post-harvest facilities, access to credit and other farm support services that have long been denied the Filipino farmers.  I have always maintained that the first cause of dehumanizing poverty in the Philippines is the long-term neglect of rural and agricultural development.  It is not a coincidence that 75 percent of those who fall below the poverty line are in the rural areas. Many of them are the beneficiaries of agrarian reform who, after being provided with one or two hectares of land, were completely abandoned to their own resources.  They are the landless farm workers, the “kaingeros” (slush-and-burn farmers), and the subsistence fisherfolk. Hopefully, the shortage of food during  the pandemic has made it crystal clear that food security should be on top of our economic objectives.  Food security now and in the future can be made possible only by a significant increase in the productivity with which we use our agricultural resources.  To be continued For comments, my email address is bernardo.villegas@uap.asia.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Digital readiness paradigm

When we hear the word “digital,” we instinctively imagine the realm of hi-tech gadgetry, smart phones, high-speed internet, the cloud, apps, databases, and all the online content we habitually log on to for work and entertainment. For consumers living in a pandemic, these technologies are just indispensable. Still, many end-users have little understanding of the complexity and the enormous investments needed to build and sustain a network of digital infrastructures to support this convergence of services we access through our phones, tablets, and computers......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 26th, 2021

Kwin.insure launches affiliate program

Kwik.insure, an online insurance marketplace provider, is seeking to boost the insurance industry as it launched an affiliate program to encourage Filipinos earn more amid the prolonged Covid-19 pandemic. “We hope to strengthen the insurance industry by tapping ordinary Filipinos — anyone who has access to a digital platform — to break the stigma and […] The post Kwin.insure launches affiliate program appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 5th, 2021

Crisis-resilient education strategy enables donation of portable classrooms

To complement Smart Communications Inc.’s donation of portable digital classrooms to learning communities, the PLDT wireless unit trained School-in-a-Bag beneficiaries on the Central Visayan Institute Foundation - Dynamic Learning Program education strategy......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 30th, 2021

Smart helps online learners in Student Circle Program

Mobile services provider Smart Communications is helping students deal with the challenges of distance learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic as it rolls out its Student Circle Program......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2021

SC holds mock bar exams in 4 areas

The Supreme Court on Sunday held online mock bar examinations in preparation for the scheduled digital tests for 2020 and 2021 law graduates in November. At least 120 law students participated in the mock examinations in four areas. These include Ateneo Law School for Metro Manila; St. Louis University in Baguio City for Luzon; University […] The post SC holds mock bar exams in 4 areas appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 31st, 2021

Never too old, never too late: Guide to paying your PLDT, Smart bills online

Don’t ever think that you’re too old, or it’s too late, to use digital payment platforms especially when paying your PLDT and Smart bills......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 7th, 2020

DENR, PLDT-Smart kapit-kamay para itaas ang kamalayan, konserbasyon ng peatlands

Manila, Philippines – Tiniyak ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sa pamamagitan ng kanyang Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) katuwang ang digital service provider PLDT Inc. (PLDT) at ang kanyang wireless unit Smart Communication Inc. (Smart) para tulungan na maitaas ang kamalayan ng Caraga region  sa peatlands sa naturang rehiyon. Ayon kay DENR Secretary Roy […] The post DENR, PLDT-Smart kapit-kamay para itaas ang kamalayan, konserbasyon ng peatlands appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsNov 5th, 2020

The consequences of online piracy

Our smart devices have become an indispensable appendage of our body that directly interfaces with the digital world. The digital transformation that has been delayed for decades by fear and resistance to the disruptive nature of technology has ironically now become a critical tool for surviving and recovering from the global health and economic crisis brought about by the pandemic. The ease of accessing the wealth of content and services in the cloud has revolutionized the way we work, live, and play. These, however, do not come without risks......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Alaska Ironkids virtual run, online training slated this weekend

The Alaska Fortified Ironkids Virtual Run as well as its “Philippines Keep Fit at Home” program will hold its final leg and episode this weekend as part of its all-digital platform in lieu of the outdoor races halted by the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

Smart makes LTE-Advanced Pocket WiFi available to prepaid subscribers

As we try to ease into the new normal by shifting many aspects of our life online, having fast and reliable connectivity has become ever more crucial to power our increasingly digital lifestyle.  .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 11th, 2020

New digital show appeals for continuous help of Filipinos affected by pandemic

ABS-CBN public service program hosted by Angel Locsin, Iba ‘Yan has found more ways to help Filipinos as it launched its digital show IbaYanihan, which reiterates its call to help those who are greatly affected by the pandemic on Kapamilya Online Live......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 11th, 2020

Telco kicks off search for youth-created digital solutions

MANILA, Sept. 6 - Aimed at harnessing the creativity of today's youth, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has launched an incubation program for youth-led digital solutions that enable Filipinos to.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 9th, 2020

Huawei launches Learn on Program at Philippine ICT Talent Online Summit

Huawei Technologies Phils., Inc. hosted the Philippine ICT Talent Online Summit and launched the Learn On program, which aims to support online digital education in the Philippines. .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2020

Impact Hackathon Online 20 Crowns & ldquo;ECES-1& rdquo; as grand champion

Social Impact Incubation network Impact Hub Manila closes Impact Hackathon Online 2020 with its culminating event 2050fest on August 25, 2020 crowning ECES-1 as the Grand Winner. Impact Hackathon, which commenced from August 17-21,  is part of Impact 2050, a multi-year program designed to equip, enable, and empower innovative individuals who want to affect change through technology, and catalyze home grown impact-driven startups by 2050. This 2020, Impact Hackathon focused on helping the country reboot its economy given the ongoing health crisis – COVID 19 - through digital solutions......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 28th, 2020

Huawei ICT Certification Program Cultivates Talent Ecosystem in Asia Pacific

Huawei Technologies hosted its Huawei Asia Pacific ICT Talent Forum 2020 to explore ICT talent trends and talent development strategies in the Asia Pacific region. At the online event joined by over 2,000 participants, the company announced a new certification program to develop a comprehensive ICT talent ecosystem to pave the way to sustainable digital […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsAug 16th, 2020

Experts weigh in on cyberbullying in the time of pandemic

With schools forced to implement alternative education modalities such as online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, incidences of cyberbullying are expected to soar even higher in the coming months.  To help parents as well as education practitioners learn how both online and offline communities can protect children and youth from cyberbullying, a panel of local and international experts shared suggestions on how to prevent this phenomenon. Experts from the Philippines and South Korea exchanged views on cyberbullying and how this can be prevented especially with the rising cases among youth in a webinar on cyberbullying organized by Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation recently. During the webinar, 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee and Blue Tree Foundation (BTF) founder Kim Jong-ki shared how he and his foundation has been battling school violence in the past 20 years. The BTF was very instrumental in curbing incidences of violence against students in schools. BTF Preventive Education Center Head Park Ju-han shared that in South Korea, school violence has declined for 15 years but has risen again since 2015. “The main factors are the low aging and the increase of cyberbullying,” he said. Meanwhile, BTF Research and Counseling Team Leader Lee Sun-young discussed how the foundation has been working with schools on the prevention of violence among students and shared some best practices that can be adopted by other countries like the Philippines. “We need to teach children when to respond when cyberbullying is happening,” she said.  “Digital literacy is the first key on how to be nice in the world,” she added.  In the Philippines, UP Manila-Philippine General Hospital Child Protection Unit (CPU) head Dr. Bernadette Madrid noted that “bullying has been increasing.” Based on the results of the national baseline survey on violence against children in 2016, she shared that “bullying in the Philippines was quite high” with 65 percent of the youth – ages 13 to 17 years old – have experienced some form of bullying. Same goes for the prevalence of cyberbullying wherein 44% of the students reported cyber violence. “It is a real problem here in our country, it is harmful but it can be prevented,” Madrid said. Given this, she noted that in terms of prevention, a single program is not enough to address cyberbullying. “We need multiple programs to be more successful,” she added. Meanwhile, Don Bosco Technical College Cebu president and dean Fr. Fidel Orendain noted that protecting students from violence and abuse especially with the shift to e-learning is a challenge for many schools. “This topic is a hot issue for us right now,” he admitted. Since schools are familiar with face-to-face familiarity, he noted that online learning is “challenging our identity and the way we educate.” To resolve this, he urged schools to increase their presence by way of talks and conferences. “We can also make ourselves available for counseling,” he added. For Stairway Foundation, Inc. Senior Advocacy Officer Ysrael Diloy, protecting children at this time is more crucial than ever. In the past 18 years, he has been working with key government agencies in the Philippines, via national level councils and working groups, advocating for child protection policy, and programmatic changes. “We are at an age wherein the current generation of children has known technology as the norm,” he said. Diloy has initiated the CyberSafe program which is currently the flagship child online protection program of the Department of Education (DepEd). “Now more than ever, we need to ensure that we are all contributing to make the Internet a safe space for and with children, so that they can reap all the benefits and opportunities that technology presents – this is the very essence the CyberSafe program hopes to achieve,” he ended......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020