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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: thestandard thestandardJul 17th, 2020

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:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 14th, 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

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

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

FOSI, FMA, Netflix champion online safety, digital parenting

Leading international advocates for digital literacy the Family Online Safety Institute, the Philippines’ Foundation for Media Alternatives and global internet entertainment service Netflix came together today to host a virtual workshop titled “Good Digital Parenting in an Open Internet.” .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 26th, 2020

PLDT, Smart promote digital payment channels for customers

PLDT and its wireless subsidiary Smart Communications Inc (Smart) are encouraging their subscribers to use their expanded digital payment channels and online billing services, not only because these are more convenient and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also because these processes are more environment-friendly......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 26th, 2020

Football club holds online workouts

Makati FC's football workouts have gone digital during these challenging times......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 18th, 2020

Shaun Ildefonso stars in ABS-CBN Sports’ “SRSLY” digital series

UAAP star Shaun Ildefonso brings his A game from the basketball court to the digital world in the new series “SRSLY” of ABS-CBN Sports. In “SRSLY,” the NU Bulldogs team captain gets to speak his mind and let his personality shine as he talks about sports culture and trending topics in the sports world with a no-holds-barred approach. The show, shot entirely in Shaun’s home due to the enhanced community quarantine, can be viewed on ABS-CBN Sports accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube, where its first four episodes have already garnered 5.5 million views across all platforms. As the star of the show, the 22 year-old forward brings the same intensity that he is known for inside the court, where he is used to banging bodies and roaring at the crowd, while also showing his fun and charming side as he reacts to viral social media posts. In the first three episodes, Shaun called out haters while praising UAAP volleyball athletes, gave his two cents on how athletes are coping without sports, and provided a critique on the tribute performance of PBA players. In the latest episode, he gives his take on famous athlete-couples such as Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez and Deanna Wong and Jema Galanza. “I think the authenticity of my reactions and genuineness of my opinion sets this series apart,” said Shaun, who’s used to sharing the spotlight with his father, basketball legend Danny Ildefonso, and brother Dave, another UAAP superstar and a Gilas Pilipinas pool member.   But while the show allows him to freely express his thoughts, Shaun said that “SRSLY” looks to remind viewers to not take everything too seriously. He hopes that his good vibes rub off to his viewers as he believes that having a good laugh from time to time is needed. “Stay lighthearted in these times of anxiety and uncertainty, take moments to relax and get a good laugh in because everyone needs it,” he said.  “SRSLY” is one of the exclusive social media content being offered by ABS-CBN Sports as its parent network ABS-CBN transitions into a digital company, with the biggest online presence among all media companies in the Philippines and a growing list of digital properties.  Watch the first four episodes on the YouTube channel, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts of ABS-CBN Sports, the sports arm of the country’s leading media and entertainment organization. Celebrate sports culture in the Philippines with Kapamilya sports fans. Follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and subscribe to the ABS-CBN Sports YouTube channel. To watch more sports videos, visit sports.abs-cbn.com. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or visit www.abscbnpr.com.      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 19th, 2020

Be internet smart with these online safety tips

It’s 2020 and almost everything is now conveniently online--from banking, paying bills, online shopping, and even food deliveries. As people continue to enjoy the benefits of going digital, it has become more important now than ever to know your right and responsibilities in protecting your data......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 28th, 2020

SAP Holds Smart Cities Forum in Davao

SAP SE held the Davao Smart Cities: The Future of Digital Government and Smart Businesses Forum at the T’nalak Seda Abreeza, Davao City. The forum, which gathered representatives from the private and public sectors, aimed to elevate the conservation on Smart Cities as a goal and on the way local governments are innovating to the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2019

Facebook Conducts Digital Skills Training for Cebu-Based Entrepreneurs

Social media giant Facebook conducted an Accelerator Workshop on May 31 at the Quest Hotel and Conference Center in Cebu City. The workshop was attended by over a hundred Cebu-based entrepreneurs from small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to gain knowledge on best practices of online marketing, and branding. According to Facebook Philippines, businesses that embrace […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 6th, 2019

CDN Digital, partners extend help to seniors

In these trying times, most people can’t help but feel hopeless in the midst of the global health crisis. There are those who brought their woes online chronicling their struggles with just about everything like health care, unemployment, food crisis, etc. With our avowed mission of practicing journalism that builds communities, CDN Digital has committed […] The post CDN Digital, partners extend help to seniors appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2020

Great Deals on mobile, broadband plans await at Gift Love, Gift Local Online Sale on Globe myBusiness Shop

For small and medium enterprises, the past few months have been challenging given the loss of income or lower demand due to the restrictions implemented for everyone’s safety. Fortunately, SMEs are now gradually getting back on track, especially those who have embraced digital means to adapt to the new no-contact world......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 27th, 2020

HKTDC enhances digital experience for SMEs amid pandemic

Upgraded sourcing platform, virtual fair boost business connections The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) has upgraded its hktdc.com sourcing platform in the run-up to the “Autumn Sourcing Week | Online” virtual exhibition, helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) capture global business opportunities and adapt to digital sourcing models in the new normal. HKTDC Deputy […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 26th, 2020

How banks and financial institutions can & lsquo;get the edge& rsquo; with technology

Due to limited mobility amid lockdowns and community quarantines, the Philippines is experiencing a rise in online banking. Legacy banks are rapidly upgrading their online offerings and, several digital-only banks are announcing their plans to enter the market.  .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 25th, 2020

MMFF 2020 official entries revealed& nbsp;

A wide mix of film genres will treat movie fans on Christmas Day as the annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), albeit digital or available on-demand online, continues to provide entertainment in its 2020 edition......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 24th, 2020

SAMANTALAHIN ANG PROGRAMA NG TESDA

SA panahon ng makabagong teknolohiya, pihadong darami ang mangangailangan ng magkukumpuni ng kani-kanilang computer at maging ng cellular phones. Ito ang nakikita ng Technical Education and Skills Development Authority na mangyayari sa mga susunod na mga araw, buwan at taon dahil ang bansa ay nakahanda na ring akapin ang pagbabagong dala-dala ng “digital technologies” kahit […] The post SAMANTALAHIN ANG PROGRAMA NG TESDA appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsNov 24th, 2020

Smart-Connected Women partnership: Fast-tracking digital fluency in new normal

To help boost women empowerment in the new normal, PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has partnered with social impact start-up Connected Women for technology upskilling and livelihood opportunities for Filipino women across the country......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2020