Friday, November 26, 2021

2021 Freedom of Information Awards recognized DOTr as among the top-performing departments and national government agencies that excel in the area of transparency

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For the fifth consecutive year, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) secured its position during the 2021 Freedom of Information Awards on 25 November 2021, as among the top-performing departments and national government agencies that excel in the area of transparency.

The DOTr which remains at the forefront of upholding transparency in government service through its full public disclosure and in promoting the right of Filipinos to information, bagged the second runner-up award under the Department Category for the year 2020.

Transportation Secretary Art Tugade stressed that communication and prompt response to FOI requests are necessary to build the people’s trust in the government, and to uphold the right of citizens to freedom of information.

“I believe in full transparency in government service, by upholding the right of the citizenry to freedom of information and full disclosure on matters of public concern. It is communication, it is the information, and the timely sharing that will set a good platform of dialogue,” Secretary Tugade said.

A testament to the agency’s commitment to provide the public with accurate, comprehensive and timely information, the DOTr was among the first government agencies to enroll all of its attached agencies and offices to the e-FOI portal.

To ensure a nearly 100% response rate and successful response to requests for information, the DOTr FOI team ensures a proactive approach in answering requests lodged via the FOI portal as well as redirecting those who make requests to the proper and concerned agencies not under the purview of the DOTr and its attached agencies.

The FOI Awards is an annual celebration to recognize dedicated FOI partners, including government offices in the executive branch, government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), and other program implementers and stakeholders.

The event aims to highlight the FOI Program’s user-friendly mechanism to access government data and records.

Tin Can Art: Give the Gift That Gives This Christmas

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Tin Can Beginnings

Did you know that the practice of packaging biscuits and cookies in tin cans has been around since the 16th century?

European voyagers packed biscuits as snacks for long trips and placed them in cans. Several hundred years later airtight cans, meant to store biscuits so they would not crumble and stay oven-fresh, were invented. Since then, tin cans have been the best containers for biscuits and cookies, evolving into pretty things that people kept, collected and reused.

This year, Rebisco is keeping the biscuits-in-tin cans tradition alive with its Special Edition Designer Cans. First introduced in 2018, each designer can is a mini version of the big, iconic Rebisco tin cans that have been favorite Pinoy pasalubongs for generations.

Tin Can Art Today

Look. The works of artists, both contemporary and budding talents -- Dominic Rubio, Aljo Pingol, plus three young artists from Regional Lead School of the Arts in Angono (RLSAA), Julia Baluyot, Dave Dauz and Lyra Lacanaria -- are immortalized on the sides of the special edition tin cans.

Familiar Filipino scenes, traditions, local heritage and everyday life are celebrated in bold, playful, dramatic and whimsical styles using striking, soothing and exciting colors. The artworks are original and unique to the designer cans.

This Christmas, if you’re looking for a gift that’s beautiful, meaningful, filled with goodies to the brim and literally a work of art, Rebisco’s Special Edition Designer Cans would make perfect presents.

Why You Should Buy Rebisco Designer Tin Cans

These junior-sized cans are not just lovingly packed with premium Rebisco biscuits, cookies, crackers and wafers, they are meant to be decorative pieces to be collected and displayed. They can be multifunctional containers too.

But the tin cans are not just all about aesthetic values. Each can is called “the gift that gives” because every can sold helps support the young student artists of the School of the Arts in Angono and the Calbayog Arts and Design School of Eastern Visayas (CADSEV) in Calbayog, Samar. Rebisco is providing the schools with art essentials, equipment and other resources that will help the young art scholars pursue their creative dreams in various art forms.

The contents of the designer tin cans are delightful as well. Only premium Rebisco products – Rebisco Sandwich Choco, Rebisco Sandwich Cream, Rebisco Cracker Plain, Rebisco Cracker Honey Butter, Wafertime Choco, Choco Mucho Cookies Choco, Choco Mucho Cookies White Choco, Hansel Crackers and Hansel Mocha – are in each can.

Hygienically packaged and sealed, each designer tin can is a safe and thoughtful Holiday gift. Very affordable at P195 each, they are available at the Rebisco Flagship Stores on Shopee and Lazada. 

6 ways to have an awesome time on your PC

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If you own a PC – whether it’s a standard make or a model optimized for gaming – you’ll be excited to know that there is a boatload of ways you can have fun on there. From developing your cloud computing skills to posting reviews of games you’ve played, the options are endless. Want to learn all about them? Great. In total, here are 6 ways to have an awesome time on your PC.

1.    Get Google Cloud Platform certification

Feel like taking a break from binge-watching Netflix shows? Then learning the Google Cloud Platform is the perfect solution for you.

Currently, lots of people are training to become Google Cloud Platform certified. The reason for this is so that they can better their cloud computing skills and open up new career opportunities. After all, there’s a huge demand from companies for talented cloud engineers – and you could be the next person to fill that gap.

The first and most important step is to get your google certification.

2.    Stream music for free

If you’re like most people, you’ll dislike paying for music. The good news is that, by being smart, you don’t actually have to do this anymore. Instead, all you have to do is turn on your PC, visit a music streaming website, and start a free trial. Then, after your trial ends a few months later, just start a fresh trial with another streaming service. Here are some of the best to choose from:

·         Spotify

·         Tidal

·         YouTube Music

This way, whenever you’re relaxing with your PC, you’ll be able to listen to all your favorite music.

3.    Post in gaming forums

The internet is home to hundreds of fun and entertaining gaming forums. Reddit is a perfect example of this, as well as JoyFreak. You should check out forums like these if you want to make new friends and post opinions about your favorite games and consoles.  

4.    Watch streams on YouTube and Twitch

YouTube and Twitch are goldmines when it comes to streaming content. On these two platforms exist hundreds of thousands of streamers who post content every single day, such as Ninja and SypherPK. If you want a nice dose of entertainment when you’re at your desk, YouTube and Twitch streams are definitely the choice for you. You can even subscribe to your favorite streamers to get extra perks.

5.    Order new parts for your PC

PCs allow users plenty of scope for customization, from keyboards to graphics cards. In fact, when you put it into context, there are so many ways you can customize your PC it’s impossible to count. Many people like to build and customize PCs as a hobby, so you should give it a try if you’re someone who likes to be creative. Amazon and eBay are great sources for ordering new parts for your PC, so make sure to use them.


6.    Read blogs

Every day, thousands of blogs get posted on the internet that covers a range of different topics. For example, there are gaming blog sites like Kotaku and entertainment blogs such as mashable. By bookmarking and subscribing to different blogs, you’ll never be short on entertainment when you’re on your PC. Plus, if you enjoy writing content, you could even start posting your own blogs.

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