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Smart reaps global awards for disaster response efforts, SmartNet

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Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) achieved back-to-back wins in two prestigious awards programs in Barcelona, getting recognition both for its quick network restoration and emergency response efforts in the aftermath of Supertyphoon Yolanda and for its revolutionary mobile Internet platform SmartNet.
SafePH – Smart’s disaster preparedness and emergency response program which was put to the test when Yolanda devastated Central Philippines last November – was named “Best Use of Mobile for Emergency or Humanitarian Efforts” at the GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2014, which is dubbed the Oscars of the mobile industry.
Meanwhile, SmartNet won the “Operator OTT Service Launch Award” award at the inaugural Telecoms.com Awards.
‘Commendable on many levels’ In comments posted at the GSMA Global Mobile Awards website, judges said SafePH was commendable “on many levels: preparedness, partnerships, and the rolling out of a whole portfolio of services aimed at improving communications access for the affec…

Football and the underprivileged youth

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Globe Telecom together with its sports ambassador Azkals Team Captain Chieffy Caligdong kick off Football Para Sa Bayan 2014, a grassroots program for youth from underprivileged communities which also features key movers in the football scene who are committed to nation-building.

The event will be launched through football tournaments in Metro Manila and Iloilo on February 22 and March 8-9, respectively.  The Metro Manila event will be held in partnership with the Philippine Navy at the Fleet-Marine football grounds in Taguig City while the one in Iloilo will be conducted in Sta. Barbara, about 16 kilometers from the city proper.

“The festivals will serve as a platform where in kids, regardless of their socio-economic background can enjoy the sport of football. At the same time, these events can serve as an inclusive platform for socially advantaged and less advantaged teams to interact and work together. We also want to capitalize on the sport to achieve our desired impact:  for chil…

A love letter

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(Sharing a beautiful article from Ms. Gigi Sy)
There are so many things to say and there’s this desire to do things with you. With so much passion I long for that day to come; that I may be able to tell you how I feel, what I think, to share with you my happiness and to cry on your shoulder when I’m blue…without holding back any emotion, with no inhibitions and strain. 
I begin the day feeling anxious…are you going to call; do I wait? Or do I just let the day go by, not questioning…and just linger in silence not knowing when to see you again. I’m torn between carrying on with this excruciating feeling of pain and letting go of this thrilling fervour; the quite happiness and be crazy in love with you in the most covert way.These are unspoken truths. Undeniably, I love you. No man can take that feeling away from me. No matter the consequences, it is mine. From the time we met, I never stopped thinking of you. You were this sweet “brother” I know who talked sense. You befriend anyone you m…

DSWD-6 bags 3 awards in national program review

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(Sharing an article from DSWD)

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VI earned three awards for its implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program during the recently-held Program Review and Evaluation in Legaspi City, Albay.

Of the 17 regions, DSWD6 tied up with DSWD IX on first place in the “Regions with Highest Absorption Rate” category which looked into the utilization and rate of obligation of Pantawid Pamilya funds for the whole year of 2013.

DSWD6 placed second in the “Regions with Highest Payout Rate” award covering the cash grant releases made last year.

DSWD6 also ranked third as “Best Performing Region in Capability Building Implementation” based on the following criteria: training participation rate, number of trained participants and number of trainings conducted.

Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre of DSWD6 said the awards are in recognition of the hard work, support and dedicated service of all employees and staff.

“Everyone cont…

AirAsia Zest opens Boracay Island Transfer Service

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AirAsia Zest passengers bound for Boracay Island from Kalibo International Airport may now enjoy affordable, convenient and seamless connection through Island Transfer Service of AirAsia Zest in partnership with Southwest Tours (Boracay) Incorporated.  The new service provides exclusive land and ferry transfers for AirAsia Zest passengers arriving at Kalibo International Airport directly to their hotel without the hassles of long queues and irregular public transits.

Boracay Island Transfer Service is now available on board AirAsia Zest flights between Manila and Kalibo for only P520 one way, per person. Upon arrival to the airport, an air-conditioned bus will bring passengers to Caticlan Jettyport so they may embark on a ferry ride to the island where a vehicle is ready to bring them to their respective hotels located in stations one, two and three only. Additional charges, however, shall apply for hotels located outside these stations.

Joy Caneba, Executive Vice President and Chief …

Media Mindset to prepare youth for media career

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(Sharing an article from the organizers of Media Mindset. An event for every aspiring media practitioner)

Gathering the experts in journalism and media profession, the Graduate School of the College of Communication of West Visayas State University will again host the Media Mindset this year following its inception in 2006.

COC Professor Maria Rosario Victoria De Guzman said Media Mindset is revived by her students in Graduate School to provide the youth, who are interested in pursuing a media career, with standards for both personal and professional excellence.

De Guzman also stressed that the Media Mindset helps provide venue for these aspirants to understand the profession’s importance in nation-building, as well as their future role as “watchdogs”.

A total of 250 aspiring mass media practitioners from different universities in Panay Island are expected to attend in this event which will be held on March 1 (Saturday) from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Rehearsal Room of WVSU.

The semina…

Oton deploys artificial reefs anew

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The municipality of Oton deployed another batch of artificial reefs on its municipal waters in a bid to regain its marine and aquatic resources on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.

A ceremonial installation was held at Poblacion South, a coastal barangay, with Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. as guest.

The artificial reefs deployed were 75 units jackstone type, 25 units condominium type, and 30 units bamboo pyramid type.

Governor Defensor provided P200,000 for the building of the said artificial reefs.

Mayor Vincent Flores thanked Gov. Defensor for his untiring support to his administration’s campaign to restore the marine and aquatic resources in the municipal waters of Oton.

He said with the help of other private groups and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) they have already installed 434 different kinds of artificial reefs for the past three years.

Flores said their efforts have bore fruit as affirmed by fishermen who claimed that their catch have increased.

He also cited t…

Travel smart with Iloilo My Guide

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It was in the years between 2002 and 2006 when I embarked on yearly travels in some parts of the Philippines. I did not get a travel guide because I preferred to do the research and bookings myself. Add to that the thrill of making last minute decisions, say, just getting on a ferry to the next island out of impulse.
For similar travelers and those who are equipped with android phones, there is good news. Well, at least for those who are travelling to my beautiful corner of the globe, Iloilo City. That good news is the digital Iloilo My Gude http://iloilo.myguide.ph/
The phone app was released last year in Cebu by InnoPub Media, a Cebu-based, all-journalist team co-founded by Max Limpag, editor of a Cebu newspaper. InnoPub produces new media products like e-books and takes advantage of tech to deliver content in new ways like QR (quick response) code scanning. They also produce content for clients as well as conduct trainings on writing and web technology.
The app for Iloilo displays…

Anti-drug campaign goes to city public high schools

The information education campaign of the City Government against illegal drugs is in full swing as the Task Force on Anti-Drug Abuse and Education goes around public high schools here.

The Task Force is under the Iloilo City Anti-Drug Abuse Council, headed by Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog.

“We have put this campaign into motion to raise the awareness about illegal drugs in our schools, where students and youth are the primary targets of drug pushers,” he said.

Nine out of 13 city public high schools so far have benefited from the anti-drug symposium.

Officials of the barangay where the schools are located are also attending the symposium.

“We are pleased of their response and participation especially that barangay officials are expected to be in the frontline in our war against illegal drugs,” Mabilog stated.

Speakers from the City Government, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Iloilo City Police Office, discuss topics on Drug Situation per district, Reasons Why Young People Turn …

P5.5M birthing clinic in Zarraga opens

The P5.5-million birthing clinic in Zarraga town has opened.

The birthing clinic aims to reduce the maternal and neonatal deaths in the town by improving the delivery of maternal health care services to pregnant and lactating mothers.

The project, which is realized through the efforts of Zarraga Mayor John Tarrosa, is built with the support of the provincial government and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

The improved condition of the birthing clinic will also help the town secure accreditation from the Department of Health and PhilHealth.

The inauguration will be led by Governor Arthur Defensor and his wife. After that, the couple will proceed to Concepcion to lead the distribution of 120 fishing boats to typhoon victims in Northern Iloilo.

Defensor said the fishing boats are among those donations coming from One Meal, One Opportunity Program of Teresita “Nene” Chan under the province’s “Adopt a Fisherman Program”.

Chan previously pledged to donate 1,000 fishing …

SM scholar beats the odds to achieve his dreams

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Fritz Mendez will graduate this March 2014 from his Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology course at the University of San Agustin at the age of 23.
While the usual graduating age falls between 20 and 21 years old, Fritz was delayed for two years when he had to quit school twice when he was still in high school. It was because his parents could not financially afford to let him finish his education.
Not until Fritz got a scholarship from SM Foundation Inc.(SMFI).
Fritz was among the hopefuls who applied for SM scholarship four years ago and passed the exam and the interview conducted by the foundation during its stop in Iloilo.
Coming from a poor family, Fritz will be the first degree holder in the family come this March 2014. Ironically, he is the youngest among his siblings but he was the one who persevered to finish his education because he hopes to give his family a better life.

Just recently, SM Foundation Inc. conducted exams and interviews at SM City Iloilo, to screen applica…

Putting back the pieces after the storm

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The dust has settled and yet Typhoon Yolanda survivors are still faced with a pressing question – how do they begin to start over after losing so much?  The situation is particularly daunting to a number of them who relocated in Metro Manila and its suburbs armed only with faith and determination.



Getting a job becomes a big challenge especially to survivors who do not have the right educational qualifications, prompting Globe Telecom to lend a hand starting with those who are now staying in Isla Bonita, a housing community for roughly 100 families from Leyte who were adopted by the municipality of Rosario, Cavite.

 “When we learned about this housing community, the first thing that came to our mind was how Globe can help.  Initially, the sales team set up a Libreng Tawag station and provided tents for medical missions and debriefing but going around the area, we realized there was so much more that could be done,” said Bernie Llamzon, Globe Executive Vice President for Consumer Sales…

Turn your trash to cash at SM on Feb. 7 and 8

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SM City Iloilo will once again conduct the Trash to Cash Recycling Market on February 7 and 8, 2014 at the car park area near Traveller’s Lounge from 8 am to 2 pm.

The activity is held every first Friday and Saturday of the Month and engages the community to take part by bringing their recyclable items and sell it to scrap buyers—a way initiated to encourage involvement of different sectors in curbing solid waste problems.

Waste items like old car batteries, papers, old computers, and other items that can still be recycled are accepted by buyers.

The Trash to Cash Recycling Market is a project of SM Cares Committee on the Environment. For inquiries on other environmental projects and how you can take part in these initiatives, you may contact telephone number 320.9609 or visit the official Facebook page of SM City Iloilo. (SM City Iloilo)

Devotion to Sto Niño should heighten social awareness — priest

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As thousands of tourists and devotees flocked to Iloilo City during the weekend of the Dinagyang Festival—one of the most famous fiestas in the Philippines celebrated on the fourth Sunday of January—an Augustinian friar reminded everyone to focus on the religious aspect of the festival and reflect on the message the Sto Niño is telling us today.

Presiding the concelebrated Mass at San Jose Parish Church on “Dinagyang Festival 2014”, Fr. Czar Emanuel Alvarez, O.S.A., told the faithful that “devotion to Señor Sto Niño should not only deepen our faith in the Child Jesus but also heighten our social awareness and motivate us to fight the various forms of evil that exist in our society.”

With thousands of devotees, including the Senate President and other national and local government officials at the Mass, Fr. Alvarez challenged them to respond to the higher demand of the Gospel by saying that devotion to the Christ Child does not end in imitating His humility only.

“Remember that, like J…