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Friday, December 22, 2017

Safe Spaces On Giving Free Condoms with Lube Launched


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There’s nothing wrong in protecting one’s self, more so in using condoms with lube during sexual activities. This is what LoveYourself, an HIV prevention advocacy group, reiterates over and over again.

Yet, the usage of condoms with water-based lubricants as protection against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remains a taboo among many Filipinos, even to populations most at-risk to these sexual health concerns.

“The government offers condoms for free not just as contraceptive, but more importantly as a protection against contracting HIV and STIs. We just have to mobilize its distribution to ensure that we really target and reach the right market or people,” LoveYourself Executive Director Ronivin G. Pagtakhan emphasized.

Pagtakhan pointed out that “Correct and consistent use of condoms with water-based lubricants remain the most effective method in preventing the spread of HIV, but accessibility and people wanting to have access to these services is still a huge challenge.”

“A sizable number of condoms procured by the government are largely unknown and untapped by the public, hence sometimes these were put to waste unused,” he added.




Safe Spaces Official Logo

Thus, LoveYourself in partnership with Save the Children introduces on Friday (22 December) the Safe Spaces PH at Greenbelt’s My Cinema in Makati City through an adult education dialogue to bring in the idea of a sustainable condom distribution supply chain that is backed-up by technology for public discussion.

Safe Space PH will be partnering with non-discriminatory and sex-positive establishments to serve as “Depots” or safe spaces where a condiment station, a receptacle where condoms with water-based lubricants are dispensed, is installed.

Safe Spaces also ensures seamless supply of condoms for distribution on these Depots.

It will also entail a heavy digital campaign for smart selling of the Depots and the program at large. In addition, Safe Space App is available on Google Play store and App Store to provide a snappy service, especially for the target population such as the youth and men-having-sex-with-men.

The Safe Space PH is a holistic solution to the barriers on active utilization of free condoms by the people.




An actual interface of the Safe Spaces App showing the location of Depots and its details.

These barriers include people’s averse to avail free condoms from the health centers or any designated areas where it is available; at times, insufficiency of condom supply on these designated areas; many people do not know that government-subsidized condoms are given for free; and many people do not know where to get these free condoms.

LoveYourself also encourages the public to visit its two clinics, which are also safe spaces not just for free and confidential HIV screening, but for free condom with water-based lubricants as well. These are LoveYourself Anglo along Shaw and LoveYourself Uni in Taft-Buendia. Both clinics are open every Wednesdays to Saturdays from 12:00 nn -7:00 p.m., and Sundays at 9:00 a.m.-2:00p.m.

For more details on #SafeSpacesPH and other LoveYourself’s services, individuals may visit the safe spaces page at www.safespaces.ph and the group’s official website at www.loveyourself.ph or follow and like its social media channels: Facebook- @loveyourself.ph, Twitter- @loveyourselfph, and Instagram- @loveyourself.ph.

DOE, Energy Team on Heightened Alert vs 'Vinta'



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Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi today directed the energy family to observe energy resiliency measures to combat the adverse effects of Severe Tropical Storm (STS) Vinta (international name: Tembin).

“The DOE assures the public that the energy family will work together on a 24/7 basis to immediately secure and normalize the energy supply in the STS Vinta-affected areas,” Cusi concluded.

According to the weather bureau PAGASA, the maximum sustained winds of STS Vinta reach 65 kilometers/hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 110 kph. The center of the storm has traversed the vicinity of Marawi City in Lanao del Sur, compromising power facilities in the franchise areas of electric cooperatives in nearby provinces.

“We are coordinating with electric cooperatives and other energy stakeholders in the affected areas through the Inter-Agency Task Force on Securing Energy Facilities (IATFSEF). We continuously monitor developments and reports so that we can mobilize our assets to assist the most affected households and stakeholders in the storm-hit areas,” Cusi said.

For the transmission sector, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines reported that the affected energy facilities are as follows:

1. Paranas-Quinapondan 69kV Line, which was out at 10:49 p.m. of 22 Dec. affecting Eastern Samar Electric Cooperative (ESAMELCO);

2. San Francisco-Tandag 69kV Line, which was out at 6:19 p.m. of 21 December affecting Surigao del Sur II Electric Cooperative (SURSECO II);

3. Bislig-Cateel-Baganga 69kV Line, which was out at 1:28 a.m. of 22 December affecting Davao Oriental Electric Cooperative (DORECO);

4. Jasaan-Kinoguitan 69kV Line, was out at 4:06 a.m. of 22 December but with atrial restoration at 5:23 a.m. The transmission line affected Camiguin Electric Cooperative Incorporated (CAMELCO) and Misamis Oriental II Electric Service Cooperative (MORESCO II);

5. Balo-i-Marawi 69kV Line, which was out at 5:02 a.m. of 22 December affecting Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative (LASURECO);

6. Agus6-Kauswagan 69kV Line, which was out 7:31 a.m. of 22 December affecting Lanao del Norte Electric Cooperative (LANECO);

7. Agus 6-Mapalad 69kV Line, which was out 10:18 p.m. of 22 December 2017 affecting Iligan Light & Power Inc.

According to the NGCP, the inspection and restoration of the affected lines will be in full swing as soon as the weather allows.

For the distribution sector, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) reported that the LASURECO franchise area is in total blackout due to heavy rains and strong winds brought about by TS Vinta. Initial reports showed that electric lines and steel poles were toppled down in some areas in MSU Barrio Salam, MSU Fisheries, Municipality of Marantao in Lanao del Sur and Municipality of Baloi in Lanao del Norte. Meanwhile, a Quick Response Team is now doing all the clearing in the affected areas.

In Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative (ASELCO), only 1 feeder tripped in Trento substation due to a tree leaning on the line. There are also occurrences of minor trippings on the lateral lines and sitios in Veruela area.

Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (DANECO), particularly the areas in Compostela Valley, are experiencing heavy downpour. Only the towns of Montevista, Nabunturan and Mawab are energized, while the rest are still experiencing trippings. The Municipality of Laak and Asuncion are experiencing power outage but linemen and crew were already dispatched to patrol the lines.

For the downstream oil industry sector, the DOE is closely coordinating with industry players on the ground for updates and reports on matters affecting petroleum products.

The DOE’s line is open for any energy related concern, just contact the Consumer Welfare and Promotion Office at tel. no. ‎‎‎429 2900 local 329 or email them at info@doe.gov.ph.

On the Sea Accident Involving MV Mercraft 3



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DOTr-MARINA PRESS STATEMENT
22 December 2017


This refers to the sea mishap that occurred yesterday, 21 December 2017 at 10:30am, between Dinahican, Quezon and Polilio Island involving MV Mercraft 3.

Please be informed that MARINA Region 4 has dispatched search and rescue operations personnel, 30 minutes after the accident happened.

Initial reports from the field revealed that the vessel sank due to heavy rains and strong winds caused by the bad weather condition.

“Per narration of the [ship] master [Eruel Meraña]... the vessel collided with a hard object on its starboard side... allegedly a steel bouy. Hence, ingress of water caused the vessel to list and flooding started, and, simultaneously, they were battered with big waves estimated to be 3-5 meters high,” says DOTr Assistant Secretary for Maritime Fernando Juan Perez.

Of the 251 passengers, 243 survived the incident, and were immediately brought to the Barangay Dinahican Village Hall in Quezon for immediate medical attention.

Five bodies were recovered; three remained unidentified as of writing. The cadavers are currently kept at the Claro M. Recto Memorial District Hospital in Infanta, Quezon.

Three more passengers are still missing.

Force multipiers from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Enforcement Service have arrived in Quezon early afternoon of 22 December 2017, to check on the condition of the survivors and extend assistance on the ongoing search and rescue operation and investigation.

MARINA Region 4 Regional Director Marc Pascua is closely monitoring updates on the incident. More details will be provided soon.

Christmas Gift Guide: 7 Tech Gift Ideas



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It’s only a few days before Christmas and if you’re still on the lookout for last-minute gift ideas for someone special, check out these gift suggestions from global technology brand Lenovo.


Lenovo Star Wars™: Jedi Challenges

Lenovo and Disney recently unveiled Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, a new augmented reality Star Wars product that allows fans to experience Star Wars in ways never before possible. Jedi Challenges features a smartphone-powered Lenovo Mirage AR headset, Tracking Beacon, Lightsaber controller, and hours of Star Wars gameplay.

Jedi Challenges was unveiled as part of Force Friday II (September 1), which celebrates the worldwide launch of new Star Wars products. The product is compatible with both Android phones and iPhones.

What’s more, Disney, Lucasfilm, and Lenovo, recently announced a new content expansion, featuring a new planet and characters from Star Wars™: The Last Jedi™. The content expansion is the first since the product was launched and will be available for free through a downloadable update to the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges mobile app starting January 2018.

Offering a truly immersive experience, Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is a great gift idea for the young and young at heart.

Price: PHP14,999.75

Available at select Toy Kingdom branches


Lenovo Star Wars Special Edition Yoga Y920

Coming in two versions with visually striking and head-turning Gorilla Glass covers, the Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 is now available in the Philippines. A white version of the Yoga 920 features an etched logo of the Rebel Alliance, while those who want to represent the imperial forces can buy the black version etched with the emblem of the Galactic Empire. Only less than 100 units will be sold in the Philippines.

The slim and sleek Yoga 920 series is renowned for its intricately-tooled watchband hinge, a beautiful all-metal unibody design weighing just 1.37kg, and a near edgeless 4K display, making it ideal for immersive entertainment and unparalleled productivity.

In terms of its design and hardware, the Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 is as futuristic as it looks and sound, making it a perfect gift for the Star Wars fan in your life.

Price: PHP139,995

Available at SM Appliance Center branches in SM North Edsa, SM Mall of Asia, SM Makati, and SM Megamall


Lenovo Legion Y520

This year saw the release of plenty of high-end PC games waiting to be experienced. Whether it’s to reward your kids, or yourself, Lenovo recommends the Legion Y520 for your gaming needs.

Powered by a 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processor and up to NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti discrete graphics, it handles graphics-heavy games at 60fps with ease. The Legion Y520 also comes with up to 128GB of PCIe SSD storage, ideal for reducing boot-up time and in-game loading, and a backlit keyboard lets you play day or night.

At 5.3 lbs, it is a nicely built and powerful, yet portable gaming laptop, plus its black Kevlar design offers just the perfect touch for a gaming device.

Price: starts at PHP49,995
Available in major electronics stores


IdeaPad™ 710S or 710S Plus

The Lenovo IdeaPad 710S and 710S Plus were created with the on-the-go user in mind. They belong to Lenovo’s line of “thin and light” laptops. Both devices are only 13.3", weigh less than 3lbs, and feature powerful 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i processors, lightning-fast PCIe solid-state drives that can be maxed up to 512GB, and brilliant hi-res displays. It’s the perfect companion for mobile professionals and students.

The 710S comes with up to a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor while the 710S Plus comes with up to a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor.
If you’re buying this for someone (or yourself) who requires more connectivity options, a fingerprint scanner, and a powerful graphics card like the NVIDIA® GeForce® 940M, then opt for the IdeaPad 710S Plus.

Price:
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S – PHP60,995

Lenovo IdeaPad 710S Plus – PHP78,995

Available in major electronics stores


Lenovo Miix 510

The Lenovo™ Miix 510 is a versatile 2-in-1 PC perfect for those who need the flexibility of switching between a handheld tablet and a full productivity laptop. Powered by up to a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processor, up to 4GB LPDDR3, up to 256 GB SSD Storage, Gorilla Glass display, and aluminum build, this device is a perfect gift for the modern professional.

Price: starts at PHP47,990
Available in major electronics stores

Lenovo Yoga Book

Launched late last year, the Lenovo Yoga Book is a productivity powerhouse that comes with all the familiarity and functionality of Windows 10. With the powerful combination of its Halo keyboard and Real Pen, users can type, draw, browse the web, watch videos, and more.

The Lenovo Yoga Book comes with an ink cartridge that can be used with the included stylus, allowing the user to write or draw on paper which the device automatically digitizes. Featuring up to 15 hours of battery life, it weighs only 690grams and is 9.6mm thick, which makes it a fitting gift for on-the-go users.

The Yoga Book is also available in Android.

Price: PHP29,999 for the Windows version and P26,999 for the Android version
Available in major electronics stores


Cashback Promo

The holiday season is upon us and Lenovo is rewarding its customers with special festive offers in the Philippines. It is the time of the year to indulge and share the joy with your loved ones with Lenovo’s cutting-edge technology!

Between now and January 31, 2018, customers who purchase selected Lenovo products will be able to enjoy cashback of up to P5,000. Customers can register via https://lenovopromotions.com/ph/en/pages/festivecashback/home to redeem the offer.

Terms and conditions apply.

5 Reasons Why Mober is Your Next Favorite App



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This all-Filipino app was recently launched with THE Papa P. as its brand ambassador.
But there are more reasons to love this app!


1. It offers on-demand, same-day delivery service

Everyone loves instant gratification. Flick the switch to turn on the lights. Press a button on a remote to turn on the TV, press a number to call people you like. It’s the same thing with buying stuff like appliances. But using them immediately, well, you have to wait. Mober solves that problem.. With Mober, you don’t have to wait for a couple of days to inspect your freshly-bought items. With one click, your stuff will be delivered at your doorstep. Talk about solutions.


2. Stay relaxed and say goodbye to traffic

Here’s a good one. Have you tried moving all of your heavy stuff but you’re stuck in traffic? Sucks right? Not only is the heavy traffic soul-sucking, it will drive you insane worrying about your stuff. Well, worry no more. Mober got you covered. You don’t have to take a number of drives and be stuck in traffic just to bring your stuff from one place to another. You can still attend to other matters and let the traffic jam pass - hassle-free. Bye-bye, EDSA battle.



3. Mober knows that trust is earned

In this day and age, people do get trust issues. Being lied toat or not getting your deliveries on time or at worst, not getting your stuff at all.

Mober guarantees safe delivery. It is being trusted by its users and van partners because of its partners including big brands like SM and Robinsons. Transparent pricing? Check! Once you book through the app, it automatically shows the price. Plus you can track the driver’s location with its GPS tracking device that will help you make sure that he’s paving the correct way to deliver your things safely at the right place. You can even buzz a message or make a call to the driver for better coordination.


4. It values time as much as you do

The most precious thing for us is time. It’s something we could never have enough. If you live a busy life (just like the rest of us), then there is a list of duties and responsibilities everyday and we only have less than 24 hours to accomplish them all. With the help of Mober, it can help you save time and become more productive. Shop for new furniture AND afterwards, meet your old friend for coffee? Possible. You will be able to do a lot of stuff on your to-do list, courtesy of this mobile app.



5. It offers pet shuttle service

Everyone loves pets (if you don’t, then too bad for you, you’re missing out on a lot of unconditional love). Mober loves pets as well. If you’re worried about bringing home your favorite pet, well Mober can take care of transporting them. You can do your chores while you’re just waiting for your awesome pet companion to arrive.. Mober can take your doggo to his monthly grooming session, safe and sound. How cute is that.

Mober is currently available on App Store and Google Play. You can also book through their website mober.delivery and hotline number 0917 109 3333.

Wear Your Most Beautiful You During the Holidays



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We all want to look our best especially when there's a special occasion including the holiday season when many would want to look their best.

It's that time of the year when people pay extra attention to their apoearance since there are many means to pamper ourseves via great beauty offerings around as many companies want to promote their products and services.

With the holidays just around the corner, you can’t wait to spend it the way you want it, with fun, laughter, lots of happenings together with close friends or beloved family.

Since these events usually happen from early evening till the wee hours of the morning, it takes a toll on our body including putting stress on our skin and faces.

The happiness these adult goings-on may seem to be unending. There seems to be Christmas or thanksgiving parties everywhere, and we get invited to more than just one of them.

It may all be fun bonding with acquaintances, but think about the unhealthy food found in many parties (all those fatty, oily, salty, and overly sweet dishes from restaurants or family feasts, and of course the idea of going out and staying up late just to have fun may expose our skin to many pollutants that may harm it. Indeed, the happenings from morning till midnight, or even beyond is plenty during this holiday season.

Protecting ourselves with all sorts of skin products for added security may even do more harm than good. Certainly you won’t like that. Not during the holidays. We don't want to get a bad skin day during these times!

Best if you go for a product you can trust to take care of the skin, particularly when it comes to preventing unsightly acne. And there is only one brand that can help us achieve blemish-free skin and make it glow as we celebrate the holidays: Proactiv Solution.

The Proactiv Solution is not as complicated as it seems. All it takes is to follow the simple yet effective Proactiv 3-step system. Why? Because it will do wonders in helping protect your skin from irritating acne while celebrating the holidays. Just keep in mind to follow these three Proactiv steps daily: Renew, with the Proactiv Renewing Cleanser; Revitalize, with the Proactiv Revitalizing Toner, and finally Repair, with the Proactiv Repairing Treatment.

So wear your most beautiful you this holiday season and be worry free of acne because you have the best anti-acne product available today. Achieve the most beautiful and radiant skin that’s acne-free face during the holidays this year—and perhaps even beyond. Just get the Proactiv Solution, which you can buy at Php 2,495 for the 30-day kit and Php 3,995 for the 60-
day kit. The Proactiv Solution is available at any Watsons and SM Department Store.

BPI, AirAsia Team Up to Make Travel Goals Happen in 2018



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The year is about to end and your travel goals two years ago are still on your list. Scratch that off this New Year with the BPI- AirAsia Travel Fair.

BPI has partnered with AirAsia for an exclusive one-stop travel event for BPI Cardholders, who can enjoy discounted airfares for as low as PhP890, and up to 50% off on accommodations in luxury resorts. The BPI-AirAsia Travel Fair will happen from January 5-7, 2018, at the Grand Atrium, Shangri-La Plaza.

“We’ve collaborated with AirAsia to offer some exciting travel deals for our clients to destinations within ASEAN,” said Jenelyn Lacerna, BPI Vice President and Head of Credit Cards Business. “The beginning of the year is the perfect time to plan these dream trips, and hopefully, this tie-up will make it easier for our clients to do so.”

As the first travel fair to kick-off 2018, the event offers BPI Cardholders the chance to explore top local destinations such as Boracay, Bohol, Palawan, or go on trips to Hong Kong, Korea, Taipei and more. These affordable local packages include luxury getaways to Two Seasons Coron Island Resort, Amorita Resort Bohol, Pearl Farm Beach Resort Davao, etc.

BPI Cardholders also get free AirAsia Big Points equal to a roundtrip domestic and international flight for a minimum single-receipt purchase of AirAsia tickets using their BPI Cards.

This promo is exclusive to those with qualified cards such as BPI Express Credit (Blue Mastercard, Gold Mastercard, Petron-BPI Mastercard, BPI SkyMiles Mastercard, BPI SkyMiles Platinum Mastercard, Edge/Mini Edge Mastercard, BPI Corporate Classic, BPI Corporate Mastercard, BPI Amore Visa, and BPI Amore Visa Platinum), and BPI Family Bank Mastercard and BPI Prepaid Cards (My ePrepaid Mastercard, More Fun Visa Prepaid Card, Amore Visa Prepaid, and BPI ePay Virtual Mastercard Cardholders with available load).

For more details about the promo, visit the official website of BPI Cards at www.bpicards.com.

Necessary things to Consider before Picking a Car on Rent

Wazzup Pilipinas! Here we are with some travel guidelines to augment your trip. Traveling with your dear ones is perhaps one of the best feelings in the world.

Whether you are planning an off-road trip or seeking a smooth drive towards your travel destination; a comfortable ride is a crucial thing that needs adequate consideration! One needs to decide the type of the journey and then finalize the vehicle that is best suited for such trips.

Here we are providing you some tips and aspects related to picking the right drive for your next trip.

One Mind, One Heart, ASAP Family Christmas Party 2017


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It was a magical event that I attended for Wazzup Pilipinas, Ross del Rosario, official media partner for ASAP Properties Training Management Consultancy, Inc. This Christmas party was held on Dec. 18, 2017 from 3pm to past midnight at NDN Resort and Event Place, Brgy. Aya, Talisay, Batangas, a new resort located right at the main road, with complete facilities such as swimming pools, WiFi, hotel rooms, indoor and outdoor event spaces, a dining room, located just beside Taal Lake.


One Mind, One Heart, ASAP Family

The ASAP 2017 Christmas program started with a Thanksgiving mass as the violin music set the tone for the festive holiday spirit that was was highlighted by the dream-like outfits of both men and women, who wear dressed up as Princes and Princesses.

With crowns and gowns, the women wore fairy tale outfits and the men sported their best look, making it a great dress up event. The clothing was varied, individualized, as there were a few that arrived in costume such as that of Pocahontas and Fiona of Shrek. The camaraderie filled the air with light laughter, warm conversations, and total enjoyment of the holiday occasion.






A special Balloon Wishes for 2018 ceremony was held using blue, white, and yellow balloons that had lined up the grand entrance door of the sprawling event place. These balloons were shared to the guests who released these into the cool Talisay lakeside air along with their personal wishes.

Dinner was a feast, with organically grown lechon from Alfonso, Cavite and various other dishes. The food was plentiful, and the drinks were overflowing with iced tea, Batangas Barako coffee, mixed drinks, brandy, and wine. During the dinner, there was entertainers who waltzed and there was a contemporary drama group.

The event went on far into the night, expertly hosted by Mike Topado and Raquiza. Messages were delivered by the members of the ASAP team to include Rodolfo Leonen, Atty. Jaime Balmas, Armando Escobedo, Romulo Cipco, Dino Mapaya Marte, and Bredrick Pineda.

After the encouraging messages, the guests were requested to join the show to model their various outfits as there were prizes to be given include that of a trip to Hong Kong.

The ladies graced the stage follow by the elegant men, and the audience was enthralled.  There was another contest of which different group presented song and dance numbers. After these contest, there was a raffle and then, the guest exchanged gifts.

The closing remarks by Viviana C. Yap, CEO of ASAP, was a heartfelt, cheerful message embracing all who graced the event with their presence and sharing the prayerful hope for a more successful 2018.

ASAP Properties Management and Consultancy is a realty service provider in Philippines duly recognized by SEC. For more information, please visit the ASAP Facebook page.


Contributed by Cindy Dominguez


OCEANA: Strengthened Collaboration for the Tañon Strait



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Government agencies including local chief executives, fisherfolk and nonprofit organizations promised to strengthen their collaboration in protecting the Tañon Strait from illegal and destructive fishing.

About 288,000 small-scale fishers rely on the area for sustenance, but competition from commercial fishers who illegally enter the Strait, plus destructive fishing methods used by small-scale fishers, have led to an overall decline in productivity. From an average of five kilos of fish per trip, yields have plummeted to two kilos – and many fisherfolk households earn less than PHP100 daily.

“No Filipino should go hungry in his native land. I believe we can achieve this if we protect our coastal and marine resources,” says Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon.

Declared a protected area in 1998, the Tañon Strait is a 161-kilometer long channel separating the Islands of Cebu and Negros, famed not only for being a rich fishing area, but as a tourist destination. In the channel lie popular tourist sites such as Bantayan Isle, Malapascua, Moalboal, the Mantalip Sandbar and Bais, where whales and dolphins abound.

Encompassing three provinces, 42 coastal towns and cities, plus nearly 300 barangays, overlapping mandates have led to largely inconsistent policies in conserving the area. Since 2015, the Protected Area Management Board and its Executive Committee worked hand-in-hand with Site Management Units, the Protected Area Office, plus various stakeholders from the government, private sector and civil society for improved conservation measures. They are now guided by an approved management plan and enforcement plan for the sustainable management of the Tañon Strait.

Last week, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources convened the 2nd Enforcement Summit, in partnership with Oceana, in Cebu City. Government agencies and local governments worked closely with nonprofit organizations and community champions to review the state of enforcement in the Strait over the past year while identifying solutions to current challenges, especially illegal and destructive fishing.



“Despite its status as a protected seascape, the Tañon Strait still faces illicit activities, destroying its ecological integrity and depriving fishermen of their rightful catch. Only through our continued strong collaboration can the fisheries of the Tañon Strait continue to thrive,” emphasizes Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources National Director and Fisheries Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona. He pledged to add more patrol vessels in the area to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

A recent Social Weather Stations survey commissioned by Oceana found that illegal and destructive fishing is the most seriously-perceived threat to the oceans, next to pollution.

“We have apprehended 656 suspects and over 2000 explosives from January to November this year alone,” notes Police Regional Office 7 Director Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino. The fight against illegal fishing is high in the priority list of the Philippine National Police.

Oceana and its allies reiterated the need for stronger law enforcement to guard the northern and southern entrances or ‘gates’ of the Tañon Strait, while requiring all vessels to comply with the legal directive to install Vessel Monitoring Measures for fishing transparency and safety-at-sea. Vessel monitoring allows for land-based monitoring of all vessels, ensuring they stay in designated fishing zones, while acting as a safeguard in case boats run into accidents.

Adds Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III, “We still have a long way to go but we need to continue finding ways to improve our enforcement efforts. We shall continue to work together as a team, where everyone has a stake not just to benefit responsibly from our natural resources but to manage it such that our future generations will have sustainable coastal and marine resources.”

The enforcement summit concluded with an announcement from Park Superintendent Prospero Lendio that the Tañon Strait Protected Area Office has an approved allotment of PHP1M of their PHP8.7M budget for 2018 for seaborne patrols and enforcement activities. Participants all pledged to work together to protect the Strait.

“The Tañon Strait is an important traditional source of fish for millions of Filipinos. Doing the right thing for Tañon paves the way for the sustainable use and management of our fisheries to address food security concerns,” concludes Oceana Philippines Vice President Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos. (30)

Pinoy Boyband Superstar finalist Mark Oblea Signs With Universal Records



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Pinoy Boyband Superstar finalist Mark Oblea recently signed a recording deal with Universal Records joining the recording company’s elite roster of OPM talents like Gary Valenciano, Christian Bautista, Noel Cabangon, The CompanY, Parokya ni Edgar, Gloc-9, Sponge Cola, Aiza Seguerra, Claudia Barretto, Donny Pangilinan, Julie Anne San Jose and Elmo Magalona among others.

Present during the contract signing are Universal Records executives, Kathleen Dy Go (General Manager), Peter Chan (Operations Manager) and head of Cornerstone Entertainment, Erickson Raymundo.

Tagged as "Kwelang Badboy ng Bacoor" in Pinoy Boyband Superstar, Mark may look rough on the outside but behind his bad boy image is a warm, loving and dedicated man to his family, loved ones, supporters and his family.

After making it to the finals night of Pinoy Boyband Superstar, Mark immediately bagged two major TV projects. He became a part of ABS-CBN primetime hit weekend series "Wansapanataym: Presents My Hair Lady" and "My Dear Heart" which his natural skill in acting was showcased. Both under the production of Dreamscape Entertainment.



This 22-year-old young heartthrob is set to pursue his passion for music. He writes his own songs and plays the guitars. His distinct voice and character make him stand out from the crowd and charm his audiences.

Mark Oblea is set to release his debut single in the first quarter of 2018.

Follow Mark Oblea:

Facebook: @MarkObleaOfficialPage

Witness the "Impossible" this Holiday Season



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Exciting. Thrilling. Amazing! The stage is set for the biggest magical spectacle this Holiday season as IMPOSSIBLE: World’s Greatest Magic Show finally arrives in Manila. Opening on Christmas Day, December 25th to January 3rd at the Araneta Coliseum, Filipinos will finally be able to see the much-awaited magical show live on stage.

Fresh from its record-breaking success in London’s West End, IMPOSSIBLE has been hailed by critics as “the Hottest Act in Town” (Daily Mail) for giving “variety, illusion and magic a brilliant, fresh spin” (The Stage). The Guardian describes IMPOSSIBLE as “a fiesta of trickery and illusion,” and "an absolute blast from start to finish!" says Hollywood News.

IMPOSSIBLE features six of the world’s most mind-blowing magical acts, fusing death-defying stunts, technological trickery, grand stage illusions and close-up magic in a fast-paced breath-taking performance that reinvents the biggest illusions in history.

“We were overwhelmed by the welcome that London audiences showed IMPOSSIBLE last year and hot on the heels of our success in different parts of the world. We are delighted to be bringing our spectacular World Tour now to Manila.” says Jamie Hendry (Producer).

IMPOSSIBLE features Boundary-Breaking Magician Ben Hart, Explosive Street Magician Magical Bones, Mind-Blowing Mind-Reader Chris Cox, Grand Illusionist Josephine Lee, Master of Magic Ali Cook, and Comic Daredevil Bello Nock.

Ben Hart and Magical Bones made the news headlines recently as they left Filipino audiences stunned with their up-close magic and sleight of hand tricks during their promo tour in Manila to announce the show.

“Wilbros Live is thrilled to bring the world’s greatest magic show IMPOSSIBLE to Manila. This is a must-see live spectacular for the whole family this coming holiday season,” adds executive producer Winston Llamas of Wilbros Live.

Don’t miss the much-awaited show. You have to See To Believe the IMPOSSIBLE!

Tickets at affordable prices – starting at P160. For ticket reservations, visit TicketNet.com.ph or call 911-5555 for more information.

#SeeToBelieve #ImpossibleMNL

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Leaders from Top Real Estate Firms Gather at Lamudi Event



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Dubbed The Outlook by Lamudi, the event brought together leaders from the industry’s top developers to discuss trends in mixed-use developments, revitalizing old estates, and building new ones


Aside from acknowledgement of the real estate industry’s best players and projects (based on the results of a 10,000-property-seeker nationwide survey), The Outlook by Lamudi also held a coming together of the industry’s top experts and leaders to discuss what is next for the Philippine real estate sector.

One of the highlights of the event is a discussion on mixed-use developments, spearheaded by Ayala Land Inc. (ALI). Representing ALI is Anna Ma. Margarita Dy, the company’s Group Head for Strategic Landbank Management, who shared with the attendees ALI’s vision when the company develops its multi-billion-peso mixed-use projects.



What makes a great mixed-use development

In her presentation, Dy highlights the importance of linking people. According to her, ALI has a total of 24 estates across the Philippines, ranging in size from 10 hectares to 2,000 hectares, with each having a different focus, including promoting well-being and an active lifestyle or creative technologies. Although ALI sees each estate as individuals with their own distinct personalities, they have one thing in common: they are all positioned alongside major infrastructure, along major toll roads, along major railways, near seaports, and near airports.

Dy cited one of ALI’s most ambitious projects, Arca South, as an example. According to her, the development is built around ease of connectivity, and in its midst will be an integrated transport system that is set to accommodate 2,000 provincial buses as they enter Metro Manila from the south every day. Another flagship development in Ayala Center called One Ayala is also touted to become a major intermodal transport hub, which will link tens of thousands of people each day to city buses, taxis, shuttles, and the MRT.

“These are multibillion investments that we undertake because no matter how big we build our malls, or how tall our skyscrapers, or how beautifully we landscape our parks, for people, interconnectedness is top priority,” shares Dy.

Revitalization of existing estates

Meanwhile, another firm present during the Lamudi event is legacy developer Ortigas & Co., who led a discussion on revitalization of city developments and its ambitious plan to redevelop a Metro Manila icon: Greenhills Shopping Center.

According to Thomas Mirasol, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the 86-year-old firm, Ortigas & Co. is set to revitalize the much-loved shopping complex. “The company is in a unique situation in that [the estate] is centrally located in the heart of Metro Manila and we have a very huge land bank that is ripe for [re]development.”

And with property giants SM and Ayala already onboard the Ortigas group, there’s very little room for doubt that the developer is going to up the ante for its existing Metro Manila assets.

First on its revitalization blueprint is the redevelopment of Greenhills, which will essentially cement its footing as a full-fledged mixed-use development. The company has earmarked Php60 billion for at least five phases of improvements, the first two of which already amount to Php10 billion. According to Mirasol, the makeover is set to take at least 10 years to complete and will complete the Greenhills’ offering.

However, the whole revitalization game plan is not limited to Greenhills, as Ortigas & Co. also has big ambitions designed for the expansion of Frontera Verde and Capitol Commons, both in Pasig City.

A capital outlay of Php60 billion has been designated for the enhancement of Frontera Verde, which may include mall and hotel components, while an initial Php5 billion has been set aside for the expansion of Capitol Commons.

All these redevelopments should lead to sustainability. But more than going green, Mirasol sees a bigger picture to the redevelopment of these assets. “There’s also sort of the economic sustainability, which is building for a community that will by itself, not only support its own development over the long term, but actually spill out its benefits to the surrounding communities,” he explained, “and by doing that, we can almost help spur the revitalization of a much broader area rather than just the estate that we’re developing.”

On building new cities

Sprawling across a 204-hectare reclaimed land along Manila Bay in Parañaque is Aseana City, which is turning out to be the country’s entertainment and resort hub. And the name behind this ambitious project is Aseana Holdings, helmed by its young CEO Delfin “Buds” Wenceslao, who discussed the details that go into building a new city during the Lamudi event.

Already a full-fledged mixed-use development, Aseana City is quite different from its counterparts as it is centered around entertainment; after all, the development has three billion-dollar casino resorts as neighbors, while the Mall of Asia Complex is nearby. Ayala Land is also scheduled to complete its 9-hectare shopping mall in Aseana City—the property giant’s largest mall project to date.

However, Wenceslao said that Aseana City is not all fun and games. The development has also become a location of choice of many business locators, many of which are BPO firms. He notes that a huge slice of their office offering has been eaten up by BPOs, which is about 30 to 40 percent of its office portfolio.

Living spaces are also in the pipeline, notably with launch of the developer’s 170-unit Pixel Residences. Says Wenceslao: “This completes the whole self-contained model of the community. I think for any 24/7 city, it’s important that people live where they work…it decreases traffic. It improves the retail viability of restaurants, banks, all of these services.”

One of most exciting prospects for Aseana City is that it is also at the center of the government’s big infrastructure push. In the middle of 2018, the NAIA Expressway was completed, making the Parañaque business district easily accessible to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Metro Manila Skyway.

The Southwest Integrated Terminal and the LRT Line 1 Cavite extension, likewise, make the area a gateway to the budding towns south of Metro Manila. This excites Buds for the midterm and long-term prospects for the development, “Having gone through several cycles, what we’ve established is that in the end, whatever we build here, in the next five to ten years, will have its share of demand just because of the location.”

And with land bank starting to be depleted in other major business centers, Buds believes they have another card up their sleeves, “If you look at the big land mass that’s substantially undeveloped yet, this is probably the reason why a lot of the developers even from [the] Fort, Makati, the big names, are starting to come here.”

And come they did.

ONE Championship’s Scintillating Submissions of 2017



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It has been a great 2017 for ONE Championship as the constantly-flourishing martial arts landscape in Asia continues to expand and more fans have jumped onto the trend of the fastest growing sport in the world.

What endears avid martial arts fans to the sport is the purity of the various disciplines and techniques, which resemble a real battle in both the physical and mental aspects.

Grappling in particular has seen an epic surge in depth for Asia-based competitors as over the past year, ONE Championship’s talented athletes have impressed with some spectacular submission finishes.

Here is a look back at the best submissions of the year in ONE Championship.








#5) Jomary Torres pulls off shocking submission win in ONE Championship debut

In a recent upset among female atomweights, Jomary Torres of the Philippines made her promotional debut at ONE: KINGS & CONQUERORS in Macao, China on 5 August and halted Thai superstar Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige’s rapid rise through the ranks.

Ishige, who had previously won her first two bouts by spectacular finish, has proven to be a talented grappler.

However, Torres was quick to point out that Ishige was severely lacking in the striking department as the Filipina proceeded to test her opponent’s stand-up game.

After surviving several submission attempts while softening up the Thai in round one, Torres would then work to finish in round two, sensing that Ishige was slowly fading.

Just before the midway point in the second frame, the Filipina striker surprisingly caught Ishige in a choke, pressed her up against the cage, and proceeded to pursue the submission until the Thai tapped out.

(Link: https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship/videos/1517251958298054/)



#4) May Ooi rallies back to clinch submission win at ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS

At ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS on 16 August, Singapore’s “Mighty” May Ooi made her promotional debut against Ann “Athena” Osman of Malaysia.

The former Singaporean Olympic swimmer turned martial artist stepped into the ONE cage for the first time and was undoubtedly looking to make a statement.

Before the bout, Ooi boldly predicted her victory, claiming that she would win by first-round submission.

It almost looked like it was not going to happen as Osman enjoyed early success, knocking Ooi down and then plastering her with stiff ground-and-pound, but the Malaysian strawweight was unable to put the Singaporean away.

With less than two minutes remaining in the opening frame, Ooi would make good on her promise as she dug deep to rally back against Osman.

Ooi took her opponent’s back and caught her in a deep rear-naked choke, leaving Osman with no other choice but to wave the white flag.

It was an upset of huge proportions as the Singaporean took home the victory on Malaysian soil.

More importantly, it signified Ooi’s arrival on the biggest stage of martial arts and as a new player in the blossoming women’s strawweight division.

(Link: https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship/videos/1529585833731333/)



#3) Alex Silva secures title contender position with crafty armbar

Before he defeated Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito with a masterful striking performance to claim the ONE Strawweight World Championship last 9 December in the main event of ONE: WARRIORS OF THE WORLD in Bangkok, Thailand, Alex “Little Rock” Silva displayed his elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills on another elite Japanese martial artist.

Silva met an unbeaten Hayato Suzuki, a highly-regarded wrestler and Grachan champion, on the undercard of ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD on 9 December.

Fans expected a technical ground war with two talented grapplers each wanting to showcase their best techniques, but what they got instead was a complete shocker.

From out of nowhere, Silva out-scrambled Suzuki following a takedown attempt and latched onto an armbar that forced a quick tap from Suzuki.

The result marked Suzuki’s first loss in 20 bouts as a professional and conversely catapulted Silva to an eventual world title shot weeks later.

Silva routed Naito by way of unanimous decision to clinch the ONE Strawweight World Championship.

(Link: https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship/videos/1613360995353816/)



#2) Bibiano Fernandes flaunts submission prowess to retain bantamweight crown

Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, who has been consistently considered one of the best bantamweights in the world, has undoubtedly achieved legendary status.

Although the 37-year-old Brazilian grappling wizard continues to face increasingly tough opposition, ONE Championship’s most dominant titleholder just keeps getting better.

On 5 August in the headliner of ONE: KINGS & CONQUERORS, Fernandes faced American contender Andrew Leone, who vowed to give the champion his stiffest test to date.

However, as Fernandes has consistently proven throughout the years, he only gets better with age.

Fernandes made quick work of Leone while unveiling new dynamics in his offensive arsenal, overwhelming his American challenger with a relentless attack.

After pounding Leone with hard blows on the mat, Fernandes finished matters on the ground with a classic rear-naked choke.

The most fearsome thing about Fernandes is that after over a decade of dominance, he looked the absolute best that he has ever been in his most recent bout.

(Link: https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship/videos/1517400408283209/)



#1) Angela Lee submits challenger against all odds to keep martial arts gold

When ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee took on undefeated two-time Muay Thai world champion Istela Nunes at ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES in Singapore on 26 May, the bout was expected to be the toughest test of Lee’s young career.

Little did anyone know, it would turn out to be more difficult than anyone could have imagined.

In the first round of their five-round title bout, Lee stormed out of the gates, and though Nunes had her moments in striking exchanges, things soon hit the ground.

On the canvas, Nunes was in Lee’s world as the reigning champion threatened with a variety of submissions from dominant positions, even coming close to pulling off another twister to close the round.

It was the same story in the second stanza, where it was apparent Lee was set on finishing things early. Lee maintained her breakneck pace and soon had Nunes in an anaconda choke.

After working on it repeatedly, Lee finally succeeded in tapping the Brazilian to retain her title and remain undefeated.

(Link: https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship/videos/1440812599275324/)



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Fortinet Philippines Bags Awards in Global Awards for Marketing & Business Excellence and Outstanding Executives 2017



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(L-R) Jessica Jugo, inside sales representative, Fortinet Philippines; Jeff Castillo, regional director, Fortinet; and

Eunice Quilantang, Systems Engineer, Fortinet Philippines during the gala of the Global Awards for Marketing & Business Excellence and Outstanding Executives 2017.

Fortinet Philippines, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, recently bagged two recognitions during the Global Awards for Marketing & Business Excellence and Outstanding Executives 2017 held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City.

Fortinet was conferred with Global Award’s Seal of Excellence as it received an international award for Best IT Network Security Products Provider. Jeff Castillo, regional director for Fortinet Philippines, was also named as one of the outstanding executives for business management.

These awards are given by the Global Awards Council to recognize companies, brands, products, and services that exemplify outstanding performance capability and innovative business and marketing practice. It also seeks to give pride to outstanding individuals, who excel in their respective field of business.

“We are very honored for the recognition we received from the Global Awards this year. These citations serve as an inspiration for the Fortinet Team as we continue to aspire to empower our customers with intelligent and seamless protection across the ever-changing attack surface,” said Castillo.



Through the years, Fortinet demonstrated excellence in the field of cybersecurity, especially with its vision to deliver a broad, truly integrated, high-performance security across the expanding IT infrastructure.

With more than 17 years of existence, Fortinet has also built an efficient security strategy to address the unique challenges brought about by disruptive digital technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) revolution and the cloud.

To date, Fortinet has already surpassed its competitors with its more than three million deployed devices, making it the number one global network appliance vendor. More than 330,000 customers worldwide, including the majority of the Global Fortune 100, rely on Fortinet for protection.

Fortinet is also the industry’s most independently tested and validated security vendor. With its Fortinet FortiGuard Labs global research team, which consist of over 200 threat researchers. It monitors 50,000 threat events and resists more than 470,000 network intrusions every minute.

G.SKILL Announces World’s Fastest DDR4 SO-DIMM at 4000MHz CL18-18-18-38 32GB (4x8GB)



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G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is announcing the world’s highest performance DDR4 SO-DIMM memory running at DDR4-4000MHz CL18-18-18-38 32GB (4x8GB) at 1.35V. Combining high frequency and ultra-low timing, this Ripjaws DDR4 SO-DIMM memory kit is capable of achieving the new high level of performance through rigorously hand-binned Samsung B-die DDR4 IC components.





Paving Way for 2018 with CL18-18-18

Just two months ago, G.SKILL announced the high performance DDR4-3800MHz CL18-18-18-38 Ripjaws DDR4 SO-DIMM kit. Aiming to push memory limits to yet another level, G.SKILL strives to deliver the best memory performance possible on current systems, and this time for small form factor (SFF) PCs. With this new SO-DIMM memory kit, SFF PCs can now unlock the full potential of memory performance, as shown in the following screenshot, where this new memory kit is tested for over 6 hours on the ASRock X299E-ITX/ac mini-ITX motherboard with the Intel® Core™ i9-7900X processor.



The Ultimate Performance

Featuring super high frequency and ultra-low CAS Latency, the Ripjaws DDR4-4000MHz CL18 32GB (4x8GB) kit is the fastest SO-DIMM memory solution for building an extreme performance mini-PC with the latest Intel Skylake-X CPU. The screen below shows an incredible 101106 MB/s bandwidth for read, using the AIDA64 benchmark.



XMP 2.0 Support & Availability

This new low-latency high performance G.SKILL Ripjaws DDR4 SO-DIMM memory kit is equipped with the latest Intel XMP 2.0 technology for easy one-click memory overclocking, and will be available from authorized G.SKILL distribution partners in 2018 Q1.

Fortinet Survey Reveals 48% of APAC IT Decision Makers are Confident of Their Cybersecurity Postures Despite 86% of Organizations Being Breached



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Prioritization of Security Fundamentals Such as Employee Education Lacking, According to Respondents


Fortinet, the global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today revealed additional findings from its Global Enterprise Security Survey. According to the research, 40 percent of IT decision makers (ITDMs) at 250+ employee organizations around the Asia Pacific are confident of their cybersecurity posture, despite 86 percent of organizations being breached in the past two years. In addition, 82 percent believe they are doing better than their peers with regards to cybersecurity, while only six percent believe they are lagging behind. The research is a reminder of the importance of employing cybersecurity best practices and fundamentals as well as the urgency to avoid complacency in defending against cyberattacks.



“ITDMs continue to prioritize the maintenance and upgrade of their cybersecurity solutions in an attempt to combat today’s cybersecurity adversaries. Although important, other security best practices within their broader cyber and technology strategy are still missed opportunities. In particular, the urgency to prioritize security hygiene, educate with broader awareness, or implement security approaches that leverage automation, integration, and strategic segmentation, is critical to defend against the highly damaging Internet attacks possible in our near future,” said Patrice Perche, senior executive vice president, worldwide sales and support at Fortinet.

Complacency despite clear concerns

Respondents reveal that 33 percent of breaches experienced in the last two years were the result of social engineering, ransomware and email phishing. In 2018, 73 percent of APAC businesses are planning programmes to educate employees in IT security, reflecting a growing awareness that breaches are caused by carelessness and ignorance as much as maliciousness.



Another top concern for organizations is protecting access to the network. Under half (44 percent) of APAC ITDMs feel confident that they have full visibility and control of all devices with network access. A similar 45 percent of APAC ITDMs feel confident that they have full visibility of the access level of all third parties who frequently have access to networks, while 52 percent of APAC ITDMs feel confident that they have full visibility and control of all employees. This lack of confidence in the network visibility suggests that this is an area that should be treated as a top concern for organizations. Yet, basic security measures like network segmentation are only being planned by 26 percent of APAC businesses in 2018. Without network segmentation, malware entering a network will often be left to spread.



Employee knowledge key for security in organizations

When asked about what they would have done differently over their career in security, 46 percent of APAC ITDMs wish they had invested more in employee security awareness training to prevent a security breach. Educating users can lessen the chance that they become victim of an intrusion attempt that targets one of the weakest links in the cybersecurity chain: employees themselves.

In 80 percent of breach incidents, in the first instance the APAC board blames the IT department – either a specific individual (34 percent) or the department as a whole (47 percent). Employees outside the IT department get blamed in 30 percent of breach incidents, even though they’re often recognized as the weakest link. The IT department can no longer be the only one responsible when it comes to a breach. BYOD and IoT, the use of cloud-based applications, and shadow IT, all extend the security responsibility to the broader organization − and employees.


Balanced Cybersecurity Investment Priorities Are Critical

In 2017, ITDMs investments ranked the following as their number one investment:

35% - New security solutions and services
27% - Upgrading security solutions
21% - Implementing security policies and process
9% - Employee training
4% - Auditing and assessment


Continued technological investment allows businesses to keep pace with malicious attacks and prepare for them by implementing a comprehensive security solution. Investments in new and upgraded security solutions will continue in 2018, but 27 percent of APAC respondents also reveal that investments towards employee training will become one of the top 3 investment priorities.



Report Methodology

The 2017 Fortinet Global Enterprise Security Survey was undertaken on behalf of Fortinet by independent market research company Loudhouse to examine the changing attitudes towards security in business in July and August 2017. The global survey of IT decision makers with responsibility/visibility of IT security, received 1,801 anonymized respondents across 16 countries (US, Canada, France, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Middle East, South Africa, Poland, Korea, Australia, Singapore, India, Hong Kong, Indonesia). Respondents to the online questionnaire were not aware of the purpose or sponsor of the report.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

DOTr, BCDA Start Building New Terminal at Clark Airport



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The construction of the New Terminal Building at the Clark International Airport has finally been set into motion.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr), Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), and the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) led the groundbreaking and capsule-laying at the airport grounds early today. The ceremony marks the start of finally expanding and developing what would be Asia’s next premier gateway.

“It’s quite sad that it took this long. The last six or seven years, things didn’t move. But we forget about the past. That’s water under the bridge, because now we move forward,” said BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon.

Spanning around 100,000-sqm including landside and airside facilities, the new terminal is designed to accommodate an additional eight million passengers every year. It is expected to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals, as well as spread development in the peripheries.






Part of a bigger picture

The expansion of the Clark airport is part of a bigger development plan for North and Central Luzon. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said that the new terminal will complement other infrastructure projects in the area: Manila-Clark Railway, Subic-Clark Cargo Railway, and the New Clark City.

“Ikakabit po natin ang proyektong ito sa Manila-Clark Railway. Not later than 06 January 2018, we will mobilize the construction of the first segment from Tutuban to Malolos, and hopefully we will complete the entire line to Clark before the end of President Duterte’s term,” Tugade said.

Dizon, a proud son of Pampanga, is also confident that the new terminal will encourage more people to fly from Clark.

“Before Duterte, there were only seven flights from Clark. Now, there are 200 flights from Clark, and that happened in the first year of the administration. That is political will of a President from Mindanao, who said as early as the campaign, that we need to develop Clark,” Dizon said.

Upon assumption into office, Tugade likewise encouraged airlines to launch more flights from Clark in order to decongest NAIA. He also transferred some general aviation activities there.

Turning dreams into reality

Tugade, who was a former president of the CDC, expressed his joy upon seeing a long-delayed project come into fruition.

“Matagal na ho ang proyektong ito. Yung mga pakiusap naming dati naitapon sa mga binging tenga. Pero ngayon, binibigyan natin ang katuparan ang matagal nang pangarap ng ating mga kababayan na magkaroon ng world-class international airport,” he added.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, himself a former transportation secretary, also echoed Tugade’s sentiments. He also expressed his excitement over the many opportunities that the new terminal will be bringing to the Philippines.

“The expansion of the Clark International Airport will expand growth and opportunity outside Metro Manila. This means more business and more jobs for everyone. Clark airport will be the gift that keeps on giving,” he said during the ceremony.

Senator Dick Gordon, who played a vital role in establishing Freeport zones in Luzon, is pleased to finally see the airport being fully-utilized, calling it “a new beginning for our country.”

“Infrastructure is not a project of a government. It is a project of the people. It is a project of vision. This is about opportunity, the great equalizer. This is about making the future our friend,” he said.

On-time delivery of projects

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, who represented the economic team of the Cabinet, assured that the delivery of the terminal will not be delayed.

“Before, projects take an average of 30 months under PPP. I assure you that this will not happen in the infrastructure projects of the Duterte administration,” Dominguez said.

He also reported that the Clark expansion project is considered the fastest to be implemented by the national government. It broke ground just six months after getting the NEDA Board approval.

The construction of the new terminal is the first hybrid project under the BuildBuildBuild Infrastructure Program of the Duterte administration. Under the hybrid model, the government will build the infrastructure using its own funds to ensure fast delivery of the project.

Former President and now Representative of Pampanga Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, whose term saw the building of the CIA, was the special guest at the groundbreaking ceremony

HOME 168 Celebrates Soft Launch with Discount Rate



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"There's no place like home" is a saying that reverberates with enthusiasm whenever spoken especially when you've been away for so long, or when you just can't wait to get off from work and relax on your favorite sofa infront of the TV watching the latest episode of a series.

Home indeed is a place to look forward to and we are definitely anticipating every minute relaxed in the comfort and safety of our own homes.

But what if we live far away in the province and work in Manila, and it would be time consuming and expensive to regularly come back home.

However, it would be expensive to rent or own an apartment or condo in Manila especially if you're just a regular employee with the minimum compensation.

Well, there's now an alternative and second best to our home that won't break the bank.




















Home 168 Manila, a subsidiary of NearHome Inc., recently soft-launched its accommodations and services to customers. Being the pioneer of dormitories, made with recycled container vans in Manila. Home 168 delivers affordable and structurally sound housing and amenities to their tenants.

According to Jong Kyung Lee, Director of Nearhome Inc., There are different social classes for people. Class A, B, C, D and E. The class A and B usually buy condos for themselves. We want to target the class C and below because our accommodation has a higher quality, living standard than what they normally go through every day.

Located in the center of Manila, close to transportation hubs and landmarks. Home 168 has chosen a strategic position for its tenants to be close to the places that matter to them the most. May it be their school, work, business, etc. Also, being close to commercial areas, gives them plenty of options for their basic needs such as laundry shops, convenience stores, computer shops, supermarkets and many more.

Home 168 Manila welcomes you with its Colorful, Convenient, Comfortable, Clean and Cozy dormitory spaces for as low as PHP 2,800/month. Upgrade your life by moving into the fun and safe Home 168 Manila community now. Home 168 Manila offers:
- More than 500 bed spaces for tenants
- Free mineral water
- Free electricity and water
- Free 100 Mbps WiFi
- Spacious outdoor amphitheater style work, study and charging station
- 24/7 Security with stationed Security Guards and 8-channel CCTV on all key areas of the dormitory compound
- Private lockers
- 2-Storey Bath Room Facility with 56 shower rooms, 48 toilet with bidet, 8 washing area and 8 Urinals
- Free Breakfast from Mondays to Fridays
- Free Cinema on Weekends

It can be really traffic in Manila during rush hour, especially in the Christmas season. “Manila dwellers spend the third longest average time in Asia; being stuck in traffic every day at 66 minutes,” as stated in an article at The Philippine Star.





Home 168 Manila also makes it easier for students to study; and employees to work in Manila. Reducing the need for them to go through the daily grind of commuting. Tenants may choose to unwind and relax at its unique outdoor yet roofed amphitheater.

Customers who have reserved prior to the opening dates, may now move in to their desired units. Not only that, but the first 50 people who book for 9 people, will be able to book an additional person free of charge.

About Home 168 Manila: is a 1332 sq. m project of NearHome Inc. in Malate, Manila. Established in December 18, 2017. Home 168 Manila wants to bring affordable accommodation and reliable services to the basic needs of employees and students.

Follow their social media accounts at https://www.facebook.com/manilahome168/ and http://www.home168manila.com.
 
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