Developing government’s cybersecure culture

Cybersecurity in the Philippines remains in its infancy stage. Several initiatives to address cybersecurity concerns have been undertaken in the previous administrations, all of which were inadequate in deterring a good number of cyber threats that transpired in recent years. In March 2013, after the Lahad Datu incident in Sabah, Malaysians defaced Philippine Web sites […] The post Developing government’s cybersecure culture appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource: bworldonline bworldonlineMar 13th, 2018

DTI says reforms to improve investment climate

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said reforms being carried out by the government are expected to improve the investment climate in the Philippines, and invited large economies to help developing countries expand their trade. In a statement on Monday, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez issued the call for “global inclusiveness” during […] The post DTI says reforms to improve investment climate appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

Harry Roque’s former NGO rebuts Malacañang arguments on ICC

The Center for International Law (Centerlaw) on Thursday said President Duterte’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court gives the false impression that agents of the state can continue perpetuating a culture of impunity and even evade international accountability for crimes against humanity. These state actors include government agents, especially the police force – […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

Local heroes

93 individuals, companies honored for their exemplary works THE government of Davao City has honored 93 individuals and companies for their efforts toward developing the city and improving the lives of its people, endearingly called “Dabawenyos.” Done through “Pasidungog” (“To Honor”), part of this year’s “Araw ng Dabaw” (Davao Day) celebrations, the recognition honors the [...] The post Local heroes appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

Projects to finish faster under monitoring program

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) expects government projects to be implemented more quickly and effectively via a monitoring and evaluation program it is developing with the Department of Science and Technology (DoST). In a press briefing on Wednesday, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said the Digital Imaging for Monitoring and Evaluation (DIME) program would monitor [...] The post Projects to finish faster under monitoring program appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

Visual arts

Philippine artists in KL Hulo Hotel and Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with the Filipinas Institute for the Advancement of Arts and Culture will mount "Art Collab: Rediscovering Art & Culture," starting March 6. Show will be opened by Malaysian Ambassador Charles C. Jose. Participating artists are Roy Espinosa, Angelo "Jo" Florendo, Khristine Manansala, Liza Oppus, Mylene Quito, Lloyd Lusica, Melli Villavicencio and Kim Mamaril. Malaysian artists are Ellen Ng, Pyanz Shariff, Checkri Mansor, and Aminah Abd Rahman. Call 9381404, 0921-4799189. Auction at Manila House The University of Asia and the Pacific-University Student Government and Len Gallery will presen...Keep on reading: Visual arts.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 4th, 2018

Kidapawan mayor asks Korean province to expand training courses in PH

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 20 Feb) – City Mayor Joseph Evangelista has recommended to the provincial government of Gangwon of South Korea to expand more of their training courses in the fields of education, health, and nutrition for developing countries in Asia-Pacific, including the Philippines. Evangelista, a graduate in 2010 of a course in Sustainable […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

Chinese New Year in Iloilo City kicks off

By: Jonas Raphael Chan and Shem Jethro Zamora THEMED “Solidarity in Culture and Progress”, the Filipino-Chinese community and the Iloilo City government officially launched the Lunar New Year celebration on Feb 12, 2018 at the North Point of SM City Iloilo. Known as the first and the biggest Chinese New Year celebration outside of Binondo in […] The post Chinese New Year in Iloilo City kicks off appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

France gives long-unclaimed artwork to Jewish couple’s heirs

PARIS --- A 16th century oil painting that fell into Nazi hands during World War II was returned by France's government to a Jewish couple's heirs Monday.   The Flemish painting "Triptych of the Crucifixion" is attributed to Joachim Patinir and it had sat unclaimed in a French museum for seven decades.   French Culture Minister Francoise Nyssen presented it to the grandchildren of Hertha and Henry Bromberg during a ceremony at Paris' culture ministry.   The Jewish couple sold works under duress to secure their passage from Nazi Germany to the United States.   "The feeling of thanks and gratitude is more valuable than the painting itself...Keep on reading: France gives long-unclaimed artwork to Jewish couple’s heirs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

Three Ways to Upgrade Your Lifestyle This Year

Don’t let limited funds dampen your curiosity or dreams of learning more about a new place and culture this year. Check out these smart and frugal travel tips for exciting international experiences. Learn something new Developing a new skill is a great first step towards self-improvement. It benefits your self-confidence and can create a feeling […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2018

Legislator wants Bureau of Customs abolished due to corruption

MANILA – Saying that corruption at the Bureau of Customs (BoC) has become “a malady without a cure,” Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro wants the agency abolished. “Corruption seems to have been part of the bureau’s culture … It is much publicized that the government is losing a huge amount of revenue due to corruption at […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

Argentina ballet dancers protest by performing in the street

  BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) --- Ballet dancers took to the streets of Argentina's capital Thursday, blocking traffic but causing onlookers to break into cheers and applause as they performed pirouettes to "Swan Lake" in protest of government funding cuts. About 80 dancers, choreographers, and other workers of the state-funded National Ballet of the Dance lost their jobs in December under government austerity measures. Protesting dancers stretched and warmed up at the barre amid honking cars before their performance and hung a long rope with ballet slippers on a downtown street. "Culture, education and health are pillars of a nation and a society," said Manuela Bru...Keep on reading: Argentina ballet dancers protest by performing in the street.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2018

El Nido s balancing act: Managing nature and tourism

PALAWAN, Philippines – The El Nido local government finds managing its natural environment challenging due to the constant demands coming from its booming tourism industry. “It is very challenging because this is a developing municipality, and as tourists are coming in, we have to provide appropriate services to them,” town ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 31st, 2018

Gov’t called to develop marine research, junk joint research with China

"We don’t actually need China or any other country in exploring the potentials of our natural resources if the government is sincere in developing and maintaining our research facilities.” The post Gov’t called to develop marine research, junk joint research with China appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

South Korea court jails ex-culture minister over artist blacklist

SEOUL, South Korea – A South Korean appeals court on Tuesday, January 23, jailed former culture minister Cho Yoon-Sun for two years for her role in drawing up a blacklist of 10,000 artists seen as critical of ousted president Park Geun-Hye's government. Cho had initially been acquitted in July and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2018

S. Korea offers to talk with North on Olympic cooperation

HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Tuesday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to cooperate on next month's Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul's quick proposal following a rare rapprochement overture from the North a day earlier offers the possibility of better ties after a year that saw a nuclear standoff increase fear of war on the Korean Peninsula. In a closely watched New Year's address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Monday that he was willing to send a delegation to the Olympics, though he also repeated fiery nuclear threats against the United States. Analysts say Kim may be trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and its ally Washington in a bid to reduce international isolation and sanctions against North Korea. Kim's overture was welcome news for a South Korean government led by liberal President Moon Jae-in, who favors dialogue to ease the North's nuclear threats and wants to use the Olympics as a chance to improve inter-Korean ties. Moon's unification minister, Cho Myoung-gyon, proposed in a nationally televised news conference that the two Koreas meet Jan. 9 at the shared border village of Panmunjom to discuss Olympic cooperation and how to improve overall ties. Earlier Tuesday, Moon spoke of what he described as Kim's positive response to his earlier dialogue overtures and ordered officials to study how to restore talks with North Korea and get the North to participate in the Olympics. North Korea did not immediately react. But if there are talks, they would be the first formal dialogue between the Koreas since December 2015. Relations between the Koreas have plunged as North Korea has expanded its weapons programs amid a hard-line stance by Moon's conservative predecessors. Last year, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and test-launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles as part of its push to possess a nuclear missile capable of reaching anywhere in the United States. The North was subsequently hit with toughened U.N. sanctions, and Kim and President Donald Trump exchanged warlike rhetoric and crude personal insults against each other. Kim said in his speech Monday that North Korea last year achieved the historic feat of "completing" its nuclear forces. Outside experts say that it's only a matter of time before the North acquires the ability to hurl nuclear weapons at the mainland U.S., but that the country still has a few technologies to master, such as a warhead's ability to survive atmospheric re-entry. Talks could provide a temporary thaw in strained inter-Korean ties, but conservative critics worry that they may only earn the North time to perfect its nuclear weapons. After the Olympics, inter-Korean ties could become frosty again because the North has made it clear it has no intention of accepting international calls for nuclear disarmament and instead wants to bolster its weapons arsenal in the face of what it considers increasing U.S. threats. "Kim Jong Un's strategy remains the same. He's developing nukes while trying to weaken international pressure and the South Korea-U.S. military alliance and get international sanctions lifted," said Shin Beomchul of the Seoul-based Korea National Diplomatic Academy. He said the North might also be using its potential Olympic participation as a chance to show its nuclear program is not intended to pose a threat to regional peace. In his address Monday, Kim said the United States should be aware that his country's nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. He said he has a "nuclear button" on his office desk, warning that "the whole territory of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear strike." He called for improved ties and a relaxation of military tensions with South Korea, saying the Winter Olympics could showcase the status of the Korean nation. But Kim also repeated that South Korea must stop annual military exercises with the United States, which he calls an invasion rehearsal against the North. About 28,500 American troops are stationed in South Korea to help deter potential aggression from the North, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

Philippine Pavilion makes grand exit from Venice Biennale

At the 57th Venice Art Biennale, our government scored a coup when the Philippine Pavilion landed in prime space. Located at the Artiglieri, an ancient artillery warehouse in the main venue, Arsenale, a former shipyard, the space was a generous 320 square meters or the size of a two-story house. Despite November being the low tourist season, over 7,000 visited the pavilion on the Sunday before the art fair's closing. The Philippines' return to the world's oldest art festival was a government initiative led by Sen. Loren Legarda, National Commission on Culture and the Arts, and Department of Foreign Affairs. Venice Biennale has been known for conceptual art which rejects convent...Keep on reading: Philippine Pavilion makes grand exit from Venice Biennale.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 27th, 2017

2017: Faith and clarity in the theater

  Less than two years since "change" cursed and killed its way into this corner of the world, and already, the theatrical landscape betrays heavily our collective frustrations with this era of blatant deceit. Where do we put our trust when our leaders lie so brazenly to our faces? The best productions I saw this year all have to do with that little thing called faith. If the world outside seemed bereft of clarity, one could look to the theater to provide an artistic flotsam unto which one could cling, if only for a mere couple of hours. 'Ang Pag-uusig' No other show came closer to approximating the culture of duplicity enabled by our present government than Tanghalan...Keep on reading: 2017: Faith and clarity in the theater.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country's post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues. As officials prepare for the games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation's poorest regions. Local officials hope that the Games will provide a badly needed economic boost by marking the area as a world-class tourist destination. But past experience shows that hosts who justified their Olympics with expectations of financial windfalls were often left deeply disappointed when the fanfare ended. This isn't lost on Gangwon province, which governs Pyeongchang and nearby Gangneung, a seaside city that will host Olympic skating and hockey events. Officials there are trying hard to persuade the national government to pay to maintain new stadiums that will have little use once the athletes leave. Seoul, however, is so far balking at the idea. The Olympics, which begin Feb. 9, will cost South Korea about 14 trillion won ($12.9 billion), much more than the 8 to 9 trillion won ($7 to 8 billion) the country projected as the overall cost when Pyeongchang won the bid in 2011. Worries over costs have cast a shadow over the games among residents long frustrated with what they say were decades of neglect in a region that doesn't have much going on other than domestic tourism and fisheries. "What good will a nicely managed global event really do for residents when we are struggling so much to make ends meet?" said Lee Do-sung, a Gangneung restaurant owner. "What will the games even leave? Maybe only debt." ___ TEARING THINGS DOWN The atmosphere was starkly different three decades ago when grand preparations for the 1988 Seoul Summer Games essentially shaped the capital into the modern metropolis it is today. A massive sports complex and huge public parks emerged alongside the city's Han River. Next came new highways, bridges and subway lines. Forests of high-rise buildings rose above the bulldozed ruins of old commercial districts and slums. The legacy of the country's second Olympics will be less clear. In a country that cares much less now about the recognition that large sporting events bring, it will potentially be remembered more for things dismantled than built. Pyeongchang's picturesque Olympic Stadium — a pentagonal 35,000-seat arena that sits in a county of 40,000 people — will only be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics before workers tear it down. A scenic downhill course in nearby Jeongseon will also be demolished after the games to restore the area to its natural state. Fierce criticism by environmentalists over the venue being built on a pristine forest sacred to locals caused construction delays that nearly forced pre-Olympic test events to be postponed. Gangwon officials want the national government to share costs for rebuilding the forest, which could be as much as 102 billion won ($95 million). ___ NO FISH Despite more than a decade of planning, Gangwon remains unsure what to do with the Olympic facilities it will keep. Winter sports facilities are often harder to maintain than summer ones because of the higher costs for maintaining ice and snow and the usually smaller number of people they attract. That's especially true in South Korea, which doesn't have a strong winter sports culture. Not all ideas are welcome. Gangwon officials say they never seriously considered a proposal to convert the 8,000-seat Gangneung Oval, the Olympic speed skating venue, into a refrigerated warehouse for seafood. Officials were unwilling to have frozen fish as part of their Olympic legacy. Gangwon officials also dismissed a theme park developer's suggestion to make the stadium a gambling venue where people place bets on skating races, citing the country's strict laws and largely negative view of gambling. A plan to have the 10,000-capacity Gangneung Hockey Center host a corporate league hockey team fell apart. Even worse off are Pyeongchang's bobsleigh track, ski jump hill and the biathlon and cross-country skiing venues, which were built for sports South Koreans are largely uninterested in. After its final inspection visit in August, the International Olympic Committee warned Pyeongchang's organizers that they risked creating white elephants from Olympic venues, though it didn't offer specific suggestions for what to do differently. Cautionary tales come from Athens, which was left with a slew of abandoned stadiums after the 2004 Summer Games that some say contributed to Greece's financial meltdown and Nagano, the Japanese town that never got the tourism bump it expected after spending an estimated $10.5 billion for the 1998 Winter Games. Some Olympic venues have proved to be too costly to maintain. The $100 million luge and bobsled track built in Turin for the 2006 games was later dismantled because of high operating costs. Pyeongchang will be only the second Olympic host to dismantle its ceremonial Olympic Stadium immediately after the games — the 1992 Winter Olympics host Albertville did so as well. ___ 'MONEY-DRINKING HIPPOS' Gangwon has demanded that the national government in Seoul pay for maintaining at least four Olympic facilities after the Games — the speed skating arena, hockey center, bobsleigh track and ski jump hill. This would save the province about 6 billion won ($5.5 million) a year, according to Park Cheol-sin, a Gangwon official. But the national government says doing so would be unfair to other South Korean cities that struggled financially after hosting large sports events. Incheon, the indebted 2014 Asian Games host, has a slew of unused stadiums now mocked as "money-drinking hippos." It would also be a hard sell to taxpayers outside of Gangwon, said Lee Jae-soon, an official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Unlike the 1988 Olympics and the 2002 World Cup, which were brought to South Korea after bids driven by the national government, the provincial government led the bid for the Pyeongchang games and it did so without any commitment from Seoul over footing the bill. Under current plans, Gangwon will be managing at least six Olympic facilities after the games. These facilities will create a 9.2 billion won ($8.5 million) deficit for the province every year, a sizable burden for a quickly-aging region that had the lowest income level among South Korean provinces in 2013, according to the Korea Industrial Strategy Institute, which was commissioned by Gangwon to analyze costs. Hong Jin-won, a Gangneung resident and activist who has been monitoring Olympic preparations for years, said the real deficit could be even bigger. The institute's calculation is based on assumptions that each facility would generate at least moderate levels of income, which Hong says is no sure thing. He said that could mean welfare spending gets slashed to help make up the lack of money. South Korea, a rapidly-aging country with a worsening job market and widening rich-poor gap, has by far the highest elderly poverty rate among rich nations, according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development figures. If Seoul doesn't pay for the Olympic facilities, and Gangwon can't turn them into cultural or leisure facilities, it might make more sense for Gangwon to just tear them down. Park said the national government must step up because the "Olympics are a national event, not a Gangwon event.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

Aquino appeals for calm amid Dengvaxia scare

Former President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday said it was the obligation of government to keep the public calm by providing them with the most information it could about the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia and advise them on what to do.   He stood by his administration's decision to use Dengvaxia as the anti-dengue vaccine administered to young school children who were most vulnerable to the mosquito-borne disease.   "We would not insist on using this without the process completed," Aquino said, referring to the various studies and trials that a manufacturer conducts when developing drugs.   Aquino said he does not want to criticize the incumbent admi...Keep on reading: Aquino appeals for calm amid Dengvaxia scare.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2017

Duterte: Manila will be a dead city in 25 years

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has dire predictions about the future of Metro Manila. In a speech on Thursday, December 7, Duterte suggested "closing" Manila in a decade so that government can focus on developing other cities . "Ten years from now, they should close Manila and start ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2017