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  • OWWA rolls out DOLE-AKAP app to help displaced OFWs

    The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) rolled out the DOLE-AKAP (Embrace) initiative that gives one-time cash aid worth of Php10,000 or US$200 for displaced land-based and sea-based OFWs. Through the years-long partnership with NTT DATA and hosting their applications in Microsoft Azure, OWWA was able to procure fast, secure, and contactless financial assistance for displaced […] More

  • Telco takeover might give DITO Telecommunity undue advantage

    President Duterte’s baseless and unconstitutional threat to “expropriate” telco giants Globe Telecom and Smart Communications would give third telco player DITO Telecommunity “undue advantage over the market,” said advocacy group Tagapagtanggol ng Watawat. “We also note that if the government were to take over Smart and Globe, the only private competitor left would be DITO […] More

  • Social media regulation under anti-terror law vague — CHR

    The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) warned that the proposal to regulate social media use under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 2020 is vague and “susceptible to overreach in terms of guaranteeing the right to privacy and right of individuals to express their ideas freely.” “There is nothing in the law that allows for the […] More

  • China creates surveillance network in West Philippine Sea

    International news media Forbes bared that China has been building surveillance platforms across the West Philippine Sea. “This is controversial, not least the dual-use military context of the network. While ostensibly civilian, these can be viewed as part of the Chinese Navy’s (PLAN) efforts to control the region,” said Forbes contributor H.I. Sutton. “This reinforces […] More

  • E-governance, digital transformation urgent amid COVID-19 crisis

    The COVID-19 crisis calls for urgent implementation of e-governance and digital transformation; this is the central message highlighted in the webinar titled “Continuing Political Development Toward a Better (New) Normal: Making Public Institutions Matter.” The webinar was a joint initiative of the Democratic Watch Philippines, Transparency International Philippines, and Stratbase Albert Del Rosario (ADR) Institute. […] More

  • COVID-19 crisis opens the opportunity to adopt e-governance

    The COVID-19 pandemic sheds light on the condition of Philippine governance today which calls for digital transformation, according to advocacy group Democracy Watch Philippines. “At Democracy Watch, we believe that by fast-tracking our nation’s transition to digital environments, the present crisis gives us the opportunity to adopt e-governance,” said Paco Pangalangan, Democracy Watch Philippines Lead […] More

  • Delivery riders can #ScanToPay for safer transactions thru PayMaya

    As the country imposed another stricter quarantine measures in Greater Manila, PayMaya provides safer delivery of every rider thru the PayMaya QR in partner merchants plus benefits and rewards to boot. Through the use of PayMaya QR for their purchases, deliver riders can enjoy contactless transaction that reduces the risk of transmitting the coronavirus and […] More

  • Internet connectivity still a challenge in most schools, CHED says

    The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) admitted there are still difficulties with internet connectivity when it comes to implementing online learning in higher education institutions (HEIs) nationwide. “The emerging trend is that usually on the main campus, the signal is quite strong, but in their external campuses, they have not invested much technology. Hence, the connectivity […] More

  • Telco threats do not solve poor connectivity, ex-solon says

    President Rodrigo Duterte threatened telcos Globe and Smart in his fifth SONA but failed to give “a policy clarity” on what he expects to improve in their services by December, said former Kabataan Party-List representative Teddy Ridon in his Business World article. “Inasmuch as this is an infrastructure concern, this is foremost a governance concern. […] More

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