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The Country’s Most Remote Cell Site

Despite challenges due to the island’s location in the West Philippine Sea, PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc (Smart) has recently fired up its 4G/LTE service in Pag-asa Island in the municipality of Kalayaan, the country’s most remote cell site, located some 500 kilometers from the capital city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan.    Residents of Pag-asa Island can now use mobile data to communicate with family members and loved ones via chat apps and video calls, share photos, send emails or watch videos online.    In an email sent from Pag-asa Island, Smart engineer Edbert Aquitania shared a screenshot of the message he received upon firing up the LTE site: “Welcome back to the Philippines!” it said.   This development marks another step towards improved communications for the people of Pag-asa, who were first connected via mobile communication in 2005, when Smart turned on its 2G service on the island.    “The activation of LTE in Pag-asa island is proof of our continued commitment to give our customers access to our services, wherever in the Philippines they may be, regardless of the challenges,” said Mario G. Tamayo, senior vice president and head of Network Planning and Engineering at PLDT-Smart.    Smart LTE Nation  This LTE activation is part of Smart’s continuing rollout of its LTE services nationwide. To date, Smart’s high-speed broadband service is available in 93% of the country’s cities and municipalities and serves 95% of the population.    This rollout is part of PLDT and Smart’s sustained investments in their network, which have totaled some Php260 billion from 2015 to 2019. Amid the regained momentum of its network rollout efforts following the easing of lockdown restrictions, PLDT has leveled up its target capital expenditures for 2020 back up to about Php70 billion.   In the first half of 2020, Smart further increased the number of its LTE base stations by 10% compared to end-2019. In April, it also increased the capacity of its LTE network by reallocating its assigned 1800 Mhz frequency from 2G to 4G/LTE. As a result, 3,785 Smart base stations are now providing additional capacity for its LTE network.  Smart’s mobile network is supported by PLDT’s fiber infrastructure, which provides high-capacity links to LTE base stations and is now nearly 360,000 kilometers nationwide. .....»»

Category: newsSource: mb.com.ph mb.com.phSep 9th, 2020

Residents in Cebu City barangay say no to third telco’s cell site

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The residents of Lower Calvary in Barangay Apas, Cebu City refused the proposition of a cell site to be built in their area by the country’s third telecommunication company (telco) during a public hearing on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. According to Apas Barangay Captain Virgil Cabigon, the two-hour public hearing ended […] The post Residents in Cebu City barangay say no to third telco’s cell site appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 9th, 2020

Globe cell site builds bring jobs, good employment benefits

One of the hardest sectors hit by the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) is the country’s workforce. The travel restrictions, health protocols, and practically stoppage of thousands of companies and industries all over Luzon have resulted in many layoffs and changes in how people work as compared to the pre-COVID19 routine. Companies like […] The post Globe cell site builds bring jobs, good employment benefits appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 27th, 2020

Slow PH Internet linked to red tape

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson yesterday linked graft-ridden barriers that telecommunications companies have to go through before day could put up a cell site to the slow Internet speed in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2016

1.2K cell towers built under Bayanihan 2–Lacson

Since the implementation of Bayanihan To Recover As One Law (Bayanihan 2) in September, there are 1,200 additional cell towers that were built to help the country expand its telecommunications services. This was disclosed on Friday during the Senate plenary debates on the proposed budget of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). Senator […] The post 1.2K cell towers built under Bayanihan 2–Lacson appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 20th, 2020

NPC probes ‘lisensya’ site for data breach

The country’s privacy watchdog has started investing the lisensya.info website for a possible data breach involving motorists registered with the Land Transportation Office (LTO). In a statement on Wednesday, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) said it was already working with the data protection officer of the transportation agency after the latter filed its initial breach […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

VP-elect Kamala Harris’ husband leaves job at powerhouse law firm

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator and Democratic candidate for Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff celebrate after Joe Biden accepted the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination during the 4th and final night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, as participants from across the country are hosted over video links from the originally planned site […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated NewsNov 11th, 2020

Robredo visits village headed by captain who swore her in

Vice President Leni Robredo visited last Thursday the remote barangay in Camarines Sur headed by the chairman before whom she took her oath as the second highest official of the country in 2016......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 7th, 2020

SSI Group set to launch multi-brand e-commerce site

The SSI Group the country’s leading specialty retailer of international brands is all set to launch on Nov. 6 its latest digital venture, a multi-brand e-commerce site which will feature some of the group’s most well known brands in one online destination, and provide customers with a distinct online shopping experience......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2020

KKR invests in tower builder

Global investment firm KKR said Tuesday it invested in Pinnacle Towers Pte. Ltd. to support the latter’s rollout of cell site towers in the Philippines. .....»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2020

Former Cabanatuan officials found guilty of direct bribery

Two former officials of Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija have been convicted by the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division of direct bribery and breach of conduct charges due to the acceptance of P300,000 in exchange for the passage of a resolution authorizing the construction of a cell site tower back in 2013. Sangguniang Panlungsod member Angelito Duran Saclolo Jr. and secretary Alfredo G. Ortaleza were found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violating Section 7(d) of R.A. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Employees and Article 210 of the Revised Penal Code or Direct Bribery. Both of them were sentenced to suffer an indeterminate penalty of three years as minimum to five years as maximum and pay a fine of P5,000 for their breach of conduct conviction. Meanwhile, they were slapped with five years, five months, and 11 days of prision correctional as minimum to eight years and one day of prision mayor as maximum, as well as pay a fine of P900,000 for their direct bribery conviction. The two of them are also perpetually disqualified from holding public office. Saclolo Jr. and Ortaleza solicited and received P300,000 from Ma. Linda Moya of Richworld Aire & Technologies Corporation for the immediate passage of a Sangguniang Panlungsod Resolution, which allowed and authorized the construction, operation, and maintenance of Globe cell site towers and antennas in Cabanatuan City. Three prosecution witnesses – all officials of Richworld – testified that they were present when Ortaleza demanded and solicited the “kalakaran” in exchange for the passage of the resolution. Ortaleza told Moya that it cost P220,000 per cellular tower. When Moya haggled for a lower amount, Ortaleza referred her to Saclolo Jr. The anti-graft court found their testimonies “straightforward and consistent on material points,” although the accused argued that these were “inconsistent.” Saclolo Jr. likewise denied that he received P300,000 from Moya. While it was true that he was not present when Moya delivered the money, the court said it was very clear he was complicit in the entire transaction. “Even when there is no direct proof of an express agreement between accused Saclolo and Ortaleza to demand, solicit, and receive money from Richworld in consideration of the passage of the pertinent ordinance, their concerted individual and collective acts before, during, and after the commission of the crime, as explained above, indubitably demonstrate their conspiracy and common intent towards the accomplishment of the same unlawful object,” the decision read. The 63-page decision was written by Sixth Division Chairperson Sarah Jane Fernandez with the concurrence of Associate Justices Karl Miranda and Kevin Narce Vivero......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2020

Turkey quake death toll rises to 100

The death toll from a powerful earthquake which hit western Turkey rose to 100 on Tuesday, the country’s disaster authority said. Search and rescue teams look for victims at the site of a collapsed building in Izmir on November 2, 2020, after a powerful earthquake struck Turkey’s western coast and parts of Greece. – Rescue workers were searching eight buildings in Izmir on November 1, despite dwindling hope for survivors, as the death toll of a powerful magnitude earthquake which hit western Turkey rose to 49. The 7.0-magnitude quake has also injured 896 in Turkey, the Turkish emergency authority AFAD said, after striking on October 30 afternoon near the west coast town of Seferihisar in Izmir province. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) The 7.0 magnitude quake also injured 994 people, the agency known by its Turkish acronym AFAD reported, with 147 still in hospital. It added that rescue workers in Izmir province were continuing to search tirelessly in five buildings for an unknown number of missing individuals. The worst hit Turkish town was Bayrakli in Izmir where there was a mixture of celebration and sadness on Monday after a three-year-old girl named Elif Perincek and a 14-year-old named Idil Sirin were rescued from the rubble. But both lost a sibling each to the disaster which struck on Friday afternoon in the Aegean Sea. Two teenagers on their way home from school were also killed in Greece. Turkey has reported over 1,464 aftershocks following the quake, including 44 that were above four in magnitude. After dozens of buildings were damaged and the risk of repeated tremors, thousands of residents were forced to spend a fourth night in tents in Izmir. The quake is the deadliest in Turkey this year after another disaster hit the eastern provinces of Elazig and Malatya in January, killing over 40 people......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2020

House panel OKs on-site relocation of informal settlers

A House of Representatives panel has approved a substitute bill that will allow on-site relocation of thousands of informal settlers in the country and also provide them with their means of livelihood......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 1st, 2020

Group airs concern over armed men in protected area

Conservation group Masungi Georeserve Foundation has expressed alarm over the presence of armed men who have constructed a fence in a restoration project area in the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape in Rizal. The foundation, which is managing the restoration and conservation of the site in Baras, Rizal, found out about the illegal activity last Friday as they were on their way “to reinforce the station of our rangers, who have been bravely protecting this area from rampant illegal logging.” “The site is part the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape under Presidential Proclamation 296, which can never be any person or any company’s private property, as it is a protected area and wildlife sanctuary. It has been protected by various laws since 1904 as a critical watershed,” the conservation group explained. “As the authorized manager of the site, we asked for their title or permit, but they could not present any. We likewise gave our contacts so they can submit these, to no avail,” it said. The Masungi Georeserve explained that without a title, there is simply no ownership, as well as deals of so-called “rights” and tax declarations are not proofs of ownership, especially in protected forestland, it added. The group appealed to President Duterte to put a stop to the rampant land speculation and trafficking in Masungi, and all other forests and watersheds in the country. “They have suffered way too long and our collective future from floods, landslides, water loss, and climate change is kept hostage,” it stressed. The group said it has already sent letters to its implementation partners Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Bureau of Investigation, local government of Baras, and Barangay Pinugay “to help quash the repeated violations, and abuse and neglect of our forests.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

What do you think?

THROUGH UNTRUE Fr. Rolando V. dela Rosa, O.P.  Do you know that the constant flapping of a butterfly’s wings can cause a powerful typhoon elsewhere? According to chaos theory, seemingly insignificant and random happenings can have earthshaking effects. If the theory is correct, then even our most randomly stupid decisions may have caused all the maladies afflicting us and our country today. History has shown that the destiny of individuals and nations was sometimes determined, not by elaborate plans and decisions, but by little acts of stupidity, like Adam and Eve eating a forbidden fruit, Judas selling Christ for 30 pieces of silver, or Mary Antoinette telling her people to eat cake instead of bread. In an age where the Internet reigns supreme, stupidity has risen to the level of an epidemic because of our diminishing desire to think. Millions of people today use the computer to do the thinking for them. If they want to learn about something, they do not retreat into a quiet corner to speculate about it.  They Google and, in milliseconds, harvest a bounty of information.  But  since the computer cannot teach us how to systematize, analyze, and synthesize these data into a meaningful whole, the result of this operation is not knowledge or understanding, but data overload. The pandemic has worsened this situation. Face-to-face teaching has been replaced by online lectures. A teacher transmits lessons from her gadget to that of her student. Ideally, such lessons should pass through the student’s brain before these are saved in the latter’s laptop.  But what usually happens is,  teachers tend to act like fax machines. They evaluate their students based on the latter’s ability to repeat, word-for-word, everything the teacher says. Instead of encouraging students to think, this system suppresses creativity and logical thought. Television also contributes greatly to the gradual demise of serious thinking. Do you know that less than 5 percent of the adult population read books? A great number derive their knowledge from the Internet, radio, and newspapers, but the rest rely heavily on television, an entertainment medium and a boredom-killing machine. Ask young people how they came to know a particular idea.  Their predictable answer is: “I saw it on TV.” Many people believe that television can verify, falsify, justify, or nullify, any notion, rumor, or issue. We are often told: “Keep an open mind,” and we follow the advice literally. Every day we allow news programs to flood our mind with crimes, disasters, and human misery. Instead of helping us think, they push us to worry about problems that are too big for us to handle, generating needless anxiety and anger. The thinking individual is fast disappearing. The world is inhabited by two billion cabled, cellphoned, and earphoned couch potatoes who are mere statistics in the latest TV survey for higher ratings. What separates us from the brutes is our God-given ability to think. Through this human software, we come to know reality, understand its meaning, and arrange its varying aspects according to a well-established hierachy of values. The neglect of thinking leads to irrationality and social chaos. So, wake up, couch potatoes, computer slaves, and cell phone addicts! A truly free person is one who has the freedom to think, not the freedom FROM thinking......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Go urges BFP to push modernization efforts

Senator Christopher ‘’Bong’’ Go on Friday urged the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to continue its efforts to modernize and enhance its ranks by acquiring more fire trucks and equipment especially for the  remote areas in the country. Sen. Bong Go (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Go issued the statement after attending yesterday the ceremonial turnover at the Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City of the recently procured equipment of the BFP, including 84 units of 1,000 gallons capacity fire trucks, five units of aerial ladder, and three units of rescue trucks to be distributed by BFP to various local government units around the country.  “All over the country po ito ipapamahagi. Natutuwa po ako dahil ang gusto naman po natin ay mabigyan ng sapat na kagamitan laban sa sunog ang mga iba’t ibang lugar — hopefully sa lahat ng sulok po ng bansa ay handa po tayo,” Go said. (These will be distributed all over the country. I am happy because we want to give the appropriate fire-fighting equipment to different parts of the country.)    Go said there are many municipalities that have no financial capabilities to buy such an equipment. “Hopefully, patuloy pa ang pag-acquire nila ng mga panibagong equipment. Kinausap ko rin po si Dir. Embang na ikonsidera rin nila ‘yung mga maliliit na fire trucks na puwedeng pumasok sa mga liblib o masisikip na lugar kasi doon po madalas nagkakasunog,” Go said, referring to BFP Chief Jose Embang, Jr. (Hopefully, their acquisition of fire-fighting equipment will continue. I told Director Embang that BFP should consider buying small fire trucks that can enter narrow roads and congested areas where fires usually originate from.) Last February 11, 2020, Go joined President Duterte in witnessing the turnover of 74 fire trucks. The Senator also continues to provide aid to fire victims in different parts of the country.  “Mahirap po mawalan ng bahay at kagamitan dahil sa sunog at iba pang sakuna. Kaya po patuloy akong nagbibigay ng tulong sa mga biktima at nag-iiwan ng ngiti sa oras ng kanilang pagdadalamhati,” Go said. (It is hard to lose a house and personal belongings due to fires. That is why I continue to extend help to fire victims and give them a reason to smile during a time of grief.) “Bilang isang Senador at public servant, patuloy po akong magseserbisyo, lalo na sa mga mahihirap at nangangailangan na apektado ng krisis tulad ng sunog. Kasabay nito ay pagsisikapan ko bilang mambabatas na mas palakasin pa ang ating fire prevention and protection measures,” he added. (As a senator and a public servant, I continue to be of service, particularly to victims of crises like fires. As a lawmaker, I continue to help to strengthen our fire prevention and protection measures.)     As vice-chairman of the Senate Committee on Peace and Order and as a main advocate of fire protection modernization initiatives, one of Go’s priority bills is Senate Bill 204 which is now consolidated under Committee Report No. 111, otherwise known as BFP Modernization Act of 2020.  The measure is currently undergoing the period of interpellation in the Senate. The bill aims to ensure the hiring of more personnel, acquisition of modern fire equipment, and the conduct of training for firefighters of the BFP.  The bill will also empower local communities in preventing fire incidents by mandating the BFP to conduct monthly fire prevention campaigns and information drives in all local government units (LGUs), especially in vulnerable areas.  Go said President Duterte fully supports the modernization efforts of the BFP. “Ang sabi ng Pangulo, sabihin mo sa kanila huwag na nila ako unahin, ‘yung kagamitan ng mga sundalo at kapulisan at bumbero ang unahin natin,” he said. (The President said the equipment of soldiers, policemen, and firemen should come first.) During the event, Go expressed his and Duterte’s full support for the country’s fire personnel, citing the government’s recent effort to increase the salaries and promote the welfare of the military and uniformed personnel.  “Full support po kami sa inyo. Unang-una po, ‘yung pangako niya pagkaupo pa lang niya bilang Pangulo, tinupad niya agad ang pangako niya,” Go said, referring to the increase in salaries provided to uniformed personnel, including firefighters. (We give our full support to you. The President fulfills his promises when he took over the presidency in 2016.) Go also said that he supports the President’s position of arming BFP personnel so they can help in the fight against criminality.  “We are currently studying this added measure of arming firefighters. Nabanggit na rin ito ng Pangulo. Makakatulong din sila sa paglaban ng kriminalidad at para rin maproteksyunan ang kanilang mga sarili. Pati sa kampanya laban sa droga, makakatulong din sila,” Go said. (This was mentioned by the President. They can help fight criminality and also protect themselves. They can also help in containing the spread of dangerous drugs.)    In addition to fire trucks and other modern equipment, Go also said that he is coordinating with BFP officials, government finance managers, and concerned agencies on how to also provide additional ambulance units to the BFP.  He said that providing ambulances will make the BFP more responsive in fulfilling its mandate and will be useful, especially in times of national emergencies given that their personnel are well-trained frontliners.  “Kapag mayroon nang vaccine kontra COVID-19, pwede pong tumulong ang BFP para mabakunahan ang mga tao. Nagtutulungan po lahat ng ating uniformed personnel, mula military, pulis, bumbero, at iba pa para maprotektahan ang kapakanan ng ating mga kababayan,” Go explained. (Our firemen can also help in the vaccination of our countrymen to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Our uniformed personnel, from the military, policemen, firemen and others can help in protecting the interests of Filipinos.)  Go thanked officials for their efforts to modernize the BFP and for their continuing service, especially during the pandemic, specifically Department of the Interior and Local Government officials led by Secretary Eduardo Año and BFP officials led by Embang, Jr.  Go also acknowledged local officials and district representatives who were present, including Congressman Onyx Crisologo of the 1st District of Quezon City, Congresswoman Angel Amante-Matba of the 2nd District of Agusan del Norte, Mayor Marcy Teodoro of Marikina City, and Mayor Judy Amante of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte and thanked them for their support to the national government in the bayanihan efforts to overcome the pandemic.  “Dahil mahirap ang panahon ngayon, we have to adjust to the new normal pero konting tiis lang po. Alam kong hirap po kayo. Kami ni Pangulong Duterte, hindi kami nawawalan ng pag-asa, magtulungan lang po tayo. Sino pa ba ang magtutulungan kundi tayong kapwa Pilipino,” he said, (Because times are hard, we have to adjust to the new normal. Please bear with us. I know you are suffering. I and President Go have not lost hope. We should help one another.).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

Globe exceeds goal in cell site construction

Globe Telecom Inc. said Wednesday it surpassed its target in building and upgrade of cell sites in the first nine months of 2020......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

10 do’s and don’ts at drive-in cinemas

The country’s first-ever drive-in cinema has taken the local entertainment realm by storm. But before you get to enjoy lounging at the driver’s seat as you watch under the stars, here are a few things you should keep in mind. 1. Do: Purchase tickets online There are no available tickets on-site. So, it is important […] The post 10 do’s and don’ts at drive-in cinemas appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

Globe Telecom Installing 800 cell sites this year

Globe Telecom Inc. will install at least 800 cell sites in the last three months of 2020 to end the year of its network expansion on a high note.  In Metro Manila and Rizal, Globe intends to build at least 319 cell sites and at least 100  in North Luzon, with Bulacan, Pampanga and Pangasinan topping the 15 provinces with the most builds. Cavite, on the other hand, tops the 12 provinces in South Luzon which Globe targets for expansion.  The rest include Albay, Batangas, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Quezon, Laguna, Marinduque, Masbate, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan and Romblon.  The telco will put up  64 towers and small cell sites in the region. In Visayas, Globe plans on 147 installations in Cebu while builds are also set in Aklan, Antique, Bohol, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Siquijor, Samar and Negros Oriental.  The telco will build a total of 190 installations in these provinces. Globe will also put up 166 cell sites in Mindanao with Davao Del Sur getting the most number among  the 23 provinces and one city covered by  its expansion. “Putting up more cell sites expsnds our coverage and gives users better data experience,” according to Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Program Delivery, Network Technical Group. “We expect mobile signals to improve moving forward especially in challenged areas. As we increase site density, connectivity will be made available and accessible to more communities,” he added. Using newer technologies like easy macro and small cell sites, Globe will also address the need for more capacity in areas where it can not immediately build  towers......»»

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

Dover Business Services Cebu Empowering Growth in The Time of Crisis

The COVID-19 health crisis has altered the shared services industry this year. As companies in Cebu transitioned from on-site to remote work, the Dover Business Services (DBS) office in Cebu responded and rebuilt plans to empower its employees to not just work from home (WFH) but ultimately, win from home.  From the time quarantine guidelines […] The post Dover Business Services Cebu Empowering Growth in The Time of Crisis appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 7th, 2020

Dito s cell towers in military, PNP camps make authorities vulnerable to hacking, cyber espionage& mdash;CPS chair

Citizens for Philippine Sovereignty (CPS) chair Neri Colmenares on Sunday warned of the vulnerability of the country’s armed forces to hacking and digital espionage, citing two laws in China giving an intelligence-gathering mandate to its compatriots doing business in other countries......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 4th, 2020