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PasaJob harnesses social networks, connects job seekers and companies alike

Nowadays, it’s common for Filipinos to tap their social network for recommendations on what food to try, which series to watch, or which music genre to explore......»»

Category: techSource: thestandard thestandardOct 26th, 2020

Makati offers cheaper Covid-19 test

MANILA –  Residents, business establishments, and other private companies can now avail of more affordable swab testing for coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the Makati City government said Friday. In a social media post, Mayor Abigail Binay said the RT-PCR tests (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) would now be priced at PHP2,950 instead of the usual pricing that goes […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated NewsNov 21st, 2020

Survey: Filipinos connected to social media almost 4 hours daily

MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos spend the most time using social media, a report by Statista, a German market, and consumer data company said. In its report dated November 17, Statista said that based on data from a Global Web Index survey conducted in 46 markets, “the Philippines spent the most time connected to social networks, […] The post Survey: Filipinos connected to social media almost 4 hours daily appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 20th, 2020

Facebook, Twitter CEOs back before Congress Tuesday

The top executives of Facebook and Twitter were set to appear before US lawmakers for the second time in less than month for a fresh hearing on the hotly disputed role of social networks in US political debate......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 17th, 2020

NDRRMC says typhoon response adequate

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Thursday that it has not been negligent in issuing timely and adequate warnings and advisories related to the strength of typhoon “Ulysses” even if many residents in Metro Manila and nearby provinces seemed to be caught by surprise with the sudden flooding in their areas. (MANILA BULLETIN) Requests from people asking to be rescued from the roof or second floors of their houses, specifically in Marikina City, Pasig City, and Rizal, due to the overflow of the Marikina River have flooded social media and the NDRRMC Operations Center, according to Assistant Secretary Casiano Monilla, Office of Civil Defense deputy director for operations. “Patuloy ang paglilikas natin but since yesterday or even the other day, inililikas na ang ating mga kababayan especially doon sa traditionally naaapektuhan ng bagyo. We were not caught flat-footed dito sa event na ito. Kung minsan lang kasi, kapag nag-ikot ang local officials ay hindi kaagad sumusunod ang mga kababayan. Mas nagrerely tayo kung ano ang ating nararamdaman, kung ano ang prevailing na situation na nararamdaman other than the advise na binibigay ng PAGASA,” he said in a virtual media forum. (We are still conducting rescue operations but since [Wednesday] or even [Tuesday], we have already conducted pre-emptive evacuation of our countrymen especially in areas that are traditionally affected by typhoons. We were not caught flat-footed by this event. Sometimes, the residents don’t listen to local officials even if they are already warned. They usually rely on what they are feeling or the prevailing situation rather than the advise given by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration)The NDRRMC has yet to provide data on the extent of damage of  Ulysses and how many people were affected. But NDRRMC chairman and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in a separate interview, said the damage has been “huge.” “[There was] huge damage. [There were] totally flooded villages and low-lying areas were flooded,” Lorenzana said when asked to describe the extent of Ulysses’ effects. Lorenzana said he has briefed President Duterte about the deployment of troops to save some residents in Marikina who were asking to be rescued due to the overflow of the Marikina River. “I just came from the Palace. I briefed him what our troops are doing in Marikina to save people from their rooftops,” he said. Social media users were quick to point out the similarity in the devastation of Ulysses to typhoon “Ondoy” in 2009 which inundated a vast portion of Metro Manila after hours of intense rains. Ondoy left 747 people dead and billions of damages in agriculture and infrasture. In Marikina, Mayor Marcelino Teordoro said Ulysses brought the water level of Marikina River to 22 meters as of 11 a.m. Thursday, which was higher than the 21.5-meter level reached during typhoon Ondoy. Monilla said local government units (LGUs) have the responsibility to conduct search and rescue operations on their affected residents but he noted that the NDRRMC is behind the LGUs to augment their capabilities. “Ondoy really served as a lesson especially sa area ng Marikina at Pasig sa NCR. Nagkaroon na sila even the early warning signals. Sa amin naman, ang pagdirect ng operations ay aming nirerely sa LGUs at kami lang ay tumutulong sa local governments in harnessing the response units para madagdagan ang units na nagre-rescue sa ating mga kababayan (Ondoy really served as a lesson especially in Marikina and Pasig in the National Capital Region. They established early warning signals. On our part, the direction of [rescue] operations rely on the local government units and we just help them in harnessing the response units which will rescue our countrymen),” he said.  “Because highly populated ang lugar it could be a challenge relocating them. Ang Provident [Village] nga which serves as a lesson in Ondoy ay affected din sa ngayon. Highly urbanized kasi ang Metro Manila that’s why it’s really a challenge paano i-relocate ang mga tao na laging affected ng ganito,” he added. Meanwhile, the NDRRMC has also tapped the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and several private companies to deploy their manpower and assets for search and rescue operations. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, AFP chief, said the Joint Task Force NCR has been leading the rescue efforts in Metro Manila. They were aigmented by two disaster response units from the 7th Civil Relations Group, 101stSearch and Rescue volunteers, and private group REACT PH. Another search and rescue unit from Bantay Bayan volunteers were deployed in areas on Tullahan River and Caloocan City to conduct search and rescue operations. The Joint Task Force Bicolandia, Northern Luzon Command (NolCom), and Southern Luzon Command (SolCom) also deployed thousands of soldiers to coordinate the search and rescue operations in Bicol region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos (Region 1), Cagayan Valley (Region 2), Central Luzon (Region 3), Calabarzon (Region 4A), and Mimaropa (Region 4B). Monilla said they have received reports that major dams in Luzon have been releasing excess water which may inundate Central Luzon and parts of Metro Manila. “Ang Angat, Ipo, La Mesa, at Wawa dams nagpapakawala ng tubig dahil sa patuloy na pagtaas ng tubig dulot ng ulan na hatid ni Ulysses so baka abutin pa hanggang mamayang hapon o gabi (Angat, Ipo, La Mesa, and Wawa dams were releasing water because of the continuous rain brought about by Ulysses so the [flooding] may persist until afternoon or evening),” he said. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

Northern Samar sends first batch of relief goods to ‘Rolly’ victims in Bicol

TACLOBAN CITY (PNA) – The provincial government of Northern Samar has delivered the first batch of relief augmentation to areas badly-hit by super typhoon Rolly in the Bicol Region. The trucks used in transporting the first batch of relief augmentation from the province of Northern Samar to areas hit by Super Typhoon Rolly (international name Goni) in the Bicol Region. The provincial social welfare and development office (PSWDO) on Saturday (Nov. 7, 2020) said the provinces of Albay and Catanduanes each received 500 sacks of rice, 200 boxes of assorted canned goods, 200 boxes of bottled water, and 100 boxes each of cereal drink and powdered milk. (Photo courtesy of Northern Samar PSWDO/ PNA/ MANILA BULLETIN) In a phone interview on Saturday, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) Head Jenny Darish, said they have sent eight truckloads of essential goods to the provinces of Albay and Catanduanes on November 6. Each province received 500 sacks of rice, 200 boxes of assorted canned goods, 200 boxes of bottled water, and 100 boxes each of cereal drink and powdered milk. “Northern Samar is also regularly hit by typhoons during this season so it is easy for us to empathize with the plight of the people in Bicol. The Bayanihan spirit lives,” Darish said. The provincial government thanked all various groups and private individuals who extended cash and in-kind donations, including the Philippine Coast Guard, Boyax Cargo, construction companies, Solid M, and JUPA, for the logistics support. “The overwhelming support and fast response from the people of Northern Samar shows us what we can achieve if we work together. We were recently battered by ‘Tisoy’ and ‘Ambo’, so the experience of our Bicolano brothers and sisters is not just a news we read online but a reality we regularly face,” Governor Edwin Ongchuan said in a press statement. The PSWDO is still accepting cash or in-kind donations. Drop-off points will be at the PSWDO office in Dalakit village in Catarman town or the different municipal social welfare and development offices in the province. “Rolly” was the strongest typhoon in the country this year, making four landfalls, and leaving at least 22 people dead while damage to agriculture and infrastructure has reached over PHP14 billion. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 8th, 2020

Big businesses sacrifice to prop up economy during pandemic

The country’s top corporations have shown that they have been walking the talk even before signing the Covenant for Shared Prosperity wherein they have sacrificed profitability in order to take care of their stakeholders and ensure sustainability.                 SM Prime Holdings Inc. Chairman Hans T. Sy said that, during this pandemic, “We were the first to announce to continue all the salaries even when we were all down. So these are all sacrificing profits. Why do we do that? …We are all looking into long term. Investment is not only just for the short term basis, it is really for the long term we’re in here.” SM Prime Holdings Inc. Chairman Hans T. Sy (left) and Ayala Corporation Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.               Ayala Corporation Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala agreed with Sy, noting that most businesses, “in one way or another has suffered a great deal of pain and, in many ways, to preserve the ecosystem, to retain their employees, the people that support them.”              “I have 1001 examples that I’ve seen during this crisis of everybody sacrificing a great deal,” he noted.              Sy and Zobel were keynote speakers during the launching of the Philippine Business Community’s Covenant for Shared Prosperity organized by the Management Association of the Philippines.              “As we struggle with the COVID pandemic, we also need to address the critical longer-term global issue of inequality which has worsened because of the current health crisis. Many businesses have closed, millions have lost jobs and many are going hungry,” said MAP President Francis Lim.              He noted that, “When the crisis is over, we at MAP would like to see a new ‘normal’ in the way we deal with our stakeholders — our employees, customers, product/service/fund providers, the communities we serve (especially the bottom of the pyramid), the environment and our shareholders (both majority and non-controlling shareholders).”             Lim explained that, “The Covenant… is envisioned to be the private sector’s response to the stakeholder theory now enshrined under the Revised Corporation Code.”             Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Emilio Aquino explained that the stakeholder theory is a major shift in focus of businesses which used to be focused only in the interests of its stockholders.             Aquino said that, now, publicly-listed companies “are mandated to report on their economic, environmental and social impacts which further strengthened the Stakeholder Theory. At this point, we have seen a drastic paradigm shift in the way corporations do business and create shareholder value. Profit, while essential in the survival of the corporation, is not anymore the sole focus of corporate ventures.”            “Maybe it had to take a beast like COVID-19 for all of us to understand that we all have to support each other as communities and institutions if we are to rebuild successfully,” said Zobel.            He added that, “Now, more than ever, we have to find ways to expand our traditional definition of who we are responsible for and accountable to – well beyond our shareholders and other providers of capital; well beyond the sole pursuit of profit.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 8th, 2020

Willie may kaalike na Korean actor; Pinoy musicians bibigyan ng raket ng Wowowin

BENTANG-BENTA sa mga netizens, lalo na sa mga K-drama fans ang kumalat na litrato ng isang Korean star na kamukha raw ni Willie Revillame. Maraming sumang-ayon na ka-look-alike raw ng Korean actor na si Kwon Sang-woo ang TV host-comedian base nga sa nasabing litrato na pinagkaguluhan sa social media. Ito ay screen capture nga mula […] The post Willie may kaalike na Korean actor; Pinoy musicians bibigyan ng raket ng Wowowin appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2020

Mobile experience of Globe, Smart subscribers much better since 2018

The mobile networks of the country’s two largest telecom companies have significantly improved since the fourth quarter of 2018, according to independent mobile analytics firm Opensignal.  .....»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2020

Social networks, messengers, external cloud services often exploited by cyber-fraudsters

There are several web services that employees of small and medium businesses most frequently access while working, according to Kaspersky......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 28th, 2020

World Vision Calls Out Business Leaders For CSR Summit

Child-focused humanitarian agency World Vision convenes business leaders in the Philippines for a two-day virtual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit. Dubbed as “Doing Good is Good Business,” the summit focuses on the values of CSR amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers from the different companies showed how they have chosen to help their internal and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

WB urges gov’t to invest in telco infra

As telecommunications companies continue to ramp up capital expenditures to improve on their respective networks, the World Bank has exhorted the Philippine government to do its share in improving the country’s communications infrastructure amid an increased internet usage due to the country’s urgent shift to digital services. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing day-to-day activities to […] The post WB urges gov’t to invest in telco infra appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

World Bank to PH: Do your share, invest in telco infra for digital transformation

AS TELECOM companies continue to ramp up capital expenditures to improve on their respective networks, the World Bank has exhorted the Philippine government to do its share in improving the country’s communications infrastructure amid increased internet usage due to the country’s urgent shift to digital services......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

Facebook disables three accounts posing as PNP chief

“These fake accounts have been active in social networks enticing Facebook users to donate funds purportedly to purchase computer tablets for students in urban poor communities for online classes," Pepino said. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 11th, 2020

Christmas 2020 for workers and farmers

HOTSPOT Tonyo Cruz Two things workers are looking forward to at the end of each year are the 13th month pay and the Christmas bonus. And it seems about two million workers may not get any 13th month pay at all, if the Duterte government would have its way. The reason? Because of the pandemic. In reaction, Kilusang Mayo Uno chairperson Elmer Labog  issued his shortest statement yet this year, unable to hide labor’s frustration: “It is the government’s responsibility to bail out MSMEs in times of emergencies.” Indeed, it is the state’s obligation to support and prop up micro, small and medium-scale enterprises especially now in the time of pandemic. By saying MSMEs could dispense with the 13th month pay, the government is practically passing on its responsibility to MSMEs. Workers continue to give their share through the cheap, underpaid and overstressed labor power that makes sure MSMEs continue to function and perform their role as main engines of the economy. The government must do its job: Bail out the MSMEs. It is quite surprising that the Duterte government seems disinterested in bailing out MSMEs, considering the avalanche of news about the borrowings here and there. According to Sonny Africa, executive director of the think-tank Ibon Foundation, the borrowings has reached a historic high: “It took 118 years for the country’s debt to reach P6.1-trillion in 2016. President Duterte is taking just six years to more than than double that to P13.7-trillion in 2022.” Again, the reason for the borrowing has been “because of the pandemic.” Regardless of where the money goes, and whether or not MSMEs and workers received only a drop from it, they would pay the entire debt through more and higher taxes for years to come. Workers are not asking for something they have not earned through hard work. They earned that 13th month pay. It is not an optional thing. It is part of the law. The pandemic should oblige the state to bail out our MSMEs to enable them to fully function, and to give the workers’ their due under the law. Workers have given and lost a lot because of the pandemic. Workers have not asked for free rides to work, but the government fails to provide adequate and safe mass transport. Workers have asked for free mass testing in their companies and communities, but the government has other ideas. Workers and their families would have fared better with unemployment benefits amid the dismal pandemic response of government, but it seems the same government wishes to push them instead to pawnshops and loan sharks. We haven’t even factored in the laid-off, underemployed and unemployed workers, as well as the undetermined number of overseas Filipino healthcare workers stranded in the country since April. They all don’t wish to be “patay-gutom” and “pala-asa”.  They don’t wish to stay unemployed and be dependent on aid. They are ready to work and earn their keep. But since the president made policy decisions affecting their ability to obtain work, it is the government’s obligation to bail them out as well. The situation of our nation’s farmers is no different. For instance, rice farmers continue to produce our national staple. The pandemic made even worse the effects on them of the combined power of policies such as rice tarrification, the stranglehold of Big Landlords, the vast influence of rice cartels, and the continued operation of illegal rice importers. Price monitoring by Bantay Bigas and the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas reveals the outrageously low palay prices nationwide, which means ruin to our nation’s rice farmers: Negros Occidental and Bicol region P10; Capiz P10-P11; Caraga P11; Tarlac P11-12; Ilocos Sur and Nueva Ecija P11-13; Camarines Sur P11.50-14; Bulacan and Mindoro P12; Isabela P12-P13.50; Pangasinan P12-P12.30; Antique P12.50; Agusan del Sur P13; Davao de Oro P13.14; Davao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and South Cotabato P13.50; North Cotabato P14; and Lanao del Norte P15. If you look at it, plantitos and plantitas today pay 20 to 50 times more for ornamental plants, compared to the prices traders and the NFA offer to our farmers. According to Bantay Bigas and KMP, the government procures way less than 20 percent of the produce of rice farmers.  And then we hear that the NFA would rather import rice from other countries, at pandemic-affected prices at that. Without any state intervention, by way of NFA buying rice farmers’ produce at P20 per kilo, and providing loans to farmers, there could be worse rural poverty in the coming months and years. Between our workers and farmers, their families have been made to sacrifice a lot since March, with prices of basic goods spiking, with new and higher expenses arising from online classes for the children. There cannot be no aid for them.  Neither should workers and farmers shoulder the burden of the failure or refusal of government to provide funding for bailouts sorely needed by MSMEs, and be forced to accept new national debts to pay for policies such as rice tarrification and importation. The government knows the scale of the problem. The Department of Labor and Employment says 13,127 companies have either laid off workers or permanently closed. The response cannot be “pass the burden to workers”. The answer should be: “the state must do everything to rescue the companies and the workers.” OFWs across the world should be familiar with bailouts and economic protections because of the pandemic. Many countries that host OFWs enacted huge bailouts and stimulus to their economies, partly so that migrant labor could continue to be employed. They enjoy health insurance, and special COVID19 coverage. Governments handed out checks to both citizens and companies. Is it too much to ask that the same be done in our own country? Or do Filipinos have to go abroad to experience such social and economic protections?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Knocking on Goliath’s Doors

Most people love a David vs. Goliath story, cheering when the underdog comes out on top, defying all odds and expectations. In all probability, part of the attraction comes from how seldom it happens. In the consumer goods corporate arena, for example, what we’ll read about more often is how some creative, forward-looking, independent enterprise is gobbled up by a multinational, or big player. So here’s something that’s different, a David calling on the Goliaths to partner with ‘him,’ to forge something collaborative, rather than adversarial or acquisitive. Founders of the Australian-based social enterprise, Thankyou, Daniel and Justine Flynn Thankyou is an Australian social enterprise founded in 2008 by a group of university students. Offering consumer products – personal care and baby product ranges – in Australia and New Zealand, their mission vision and business model is to make and distribute the Thankyou products to help end extreme poverty. As Daniel Flynn, Thankyou co-founder with his wife Justine and Jarryd Burns, reminds us, ‘With $63 trillion spent on consumer goods each year while 736 million people are stuck in extreme poverty (based on WB, OECD data), we believe that business as usual is broken. But we also believe that we, together with people and a partnership with one of the two biggest companies in the world, can change this by funneling the dollars spent on consumer goods into helping extreme poverty.” To achieve this, and drum up attention to their ‘call’ to P&G and Unilever to make and distribute Thankyou products globally; Thankyou has embarked on a global Social Media campaign, No Small Plan. The ‘plan’ is to muster enough global viral support that one of these giants will take notice, and team up with Thankyou. It’s the collective impact of voices around the world that Thankyou is asking for. To show our support, Thankyou is asking us to:– Post a photo or share the campaign social title with the caption ‘I’m in, are you?’ – Tag @proctergamble and @unilever. – Hashtag #thankyoutotheworld. – Share Thankyou’s video to help spread this even further.And you might have begun seeing these ‘I’m in, are you?’ IG posts, wondering what they were all about. A Thankyou-funded water supply & sanitation project in Asia. Thankyou will then set virtual meetings with both consumer goods giants – this to happen at the end of the social campaign. And on November 5th, Thankyou will announce which multinational will be their partner, on one of the largest and most iconic digital billboards of the world, New York City’s Time Square.  It’s a daring gambit by this company that is as much social movement and engaged community, as it is distributor of consumer goods. To date, Thankyou has raised over A$17 million for their impact partners serving the world’s poorest populations. They’ve helped over 857,000 people in over 20 countries, from Asia to Africa; addressing water, health, sanitation, economic development programs, maternal and child health programs in low-income communities. Tackling extreme poverty, the supported programs and impact partners help alleviate the problems of people living on less than $1.90/day. Thankyou doing something for Education in Africa. To date, the verdict is still out on to what extent this COVID pandemic will affect the global economy. Needless to say, we can be certain that the gap between the rich and the poor will only widen, inequalities heightened. Thankyou offers a new business model, where it’s not just the CSR programs that reach out to ameliorate social ills; but that the business model itself gets a much-needed makeover. Make your voice heard if you share in Thankyou’s vision of tomorrow......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Bato wants inquiry on FB ‘censorship’

Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is seeking a Senate investigation into the takedown of more than 200 accounts belonging to two networks, some of which were linked to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Policeby social media giant Facebook......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2020

Palace raps Facebook censorship

President Rodrigo Duterte's administration claimed Tuesday that Facebook was imposing censorship in the Philippines after the social media giant took down several propaganda networks in support of Duterte and his allies......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 29th, 2020

Palace: Facebook ban unlikely, Duterte just wants to talk

The social media platform drew the president's ire for taking down networks of pages, accounts, and groups for "coordinated inauthentic behavior." .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 29th, 2020

Smart, Globe uplift systems to boost speed of broadband

The country’s two largest telecom companies said they upgraded their networks nationwide to provide faster broadband to the public......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 29th, 2020

Military to review troop accounts after Facebook purge

The Philippine military said Wednesday it will review the social media accounts of service members after Facebook took down a network linked to state security forces it accused of “coordinated inauthentic behavior”. Facebook said it had removed two networks — one traced to the Philippines and another to China’s Fujian province — for violating its […] The post Military to review troop accounts after Facebook purge appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2020