Negros Oriental – Fun Starts Here Naturally
Negros Oriental – Fun Starts Here Naturally
2014 Startup Workshops in the Next Wave Cities – Dumaguete
ICT DGTE invites Students, Teachers, Professors, Administrators, Counselors, Mentors, Freelancers, and Enthusiasts to join:
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ICT Fun Run for the ICT Scholarship Fund!
In celebration of ICT Month and of its 10 years in Negros Oriental, the ICT Industry raises scholarship funds for deserving students.
Open to all ICT DGTE member companies, the Fun Run will feature employees, their families, and their friends. Yes, even babies and small children are most welcome at the event site (TeleTech grounds), but they will have to sit out the actual Run.
Registration is ongoing at member companies. For more details check out our Eventbrite page.
ICT DGTE celebrates ICT Month and 10 years of the ICT Industry in Negros Oriental.
Together with DTI’s MSME Week, DOST’s S&T Week, and DAR’s CARPer Week, ICT DGTE will be at the Made in Negros Oriental Fair 2014 from July 15-20 at Robinsons Place Dumaguete for and Bethel Guesthouse.
Enhancing the Competitiveness of MSMEs in Negros Oriental
July 15-20, Robinsons Place and Bethel Guesthouse, Dumaguete City
The Made in Negros Oriental Fair is a joint celebration of MSME Week, Science & Technology Week, CARPer Week, and ICT Month, the Made in Negros Oriental Fair 2014 brings together the DTI, the DOST, the Dept of Agrarian Reform, and the ICT Assn of Dumaguete City & Negros Oriental (ICT DGTE).
The Fair will feature exhibit booths from the Food Sector, the Craft Sector, the Sidlakang Negros Producers Assn, and selected towns and cities of Negros Oriental. There will also be demonstrations of crafts as used by some of the Province’s best crafts people. During the week, several by-invitation-only seminars will be held at Bethel Guesthouse under the theme “Enhancing the Competitiveness of MSMEs in Negros Oriental”.
Contributing to the event are the Negros Oriental Business Development Foundation, the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce & Industry, ProGED project of GIZ and DTI, the Negros Oriental MSMED Council, PLDT, the City of Dumaguete, the Province of Negros Oriental, and the Department of Agriculture and its Philippine Coconut Authority.
July 7 Gender Sensitivity Training – DAR
July 8 Skills Training on Lamination – DTI
July 10 Product Labeling – DTI
July 12 (9 PM) ICT DGTE jams with the Bell Tower Project @ Hayahay
July 14 (AM) Motorcade/Mass – DAR
July 15 (AM) Farmer Beneficiary Installation – DAR @ Tanjay City
July 15 (4 PM) Opening of Negros Oriental Fair – DTI, DOST, DAR, ICT DGTE and partners
July 16 (8 AM) Green Growth Opportunities for MSMEs in Negros Oriental – DTI and ProGED-GIZ @ Bethel Guesthouse
July 16 (1 PM) Track 1 – Food Processing – Technology Upgrading Opportunities for MSMEs – DOST, DTI
July 16 (1 PM) Track 2 – Going GREEEN-Technology Upgrading Opportunities for MSMEs – DOST, DTI
July 17 Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights – DTI, IPO-Phil. @ Bethel Guest House
July 18 (8 AM) – Industry Forum: A Dialogue between the ICT and Education Industries – ICT DGTE
July 18 (1 PM) – Opportunities in ICT for Senior College Students – ICT DGTE
July 18 (6 PM) Talent Night @ Robinsons – ICT-DGTE
July 19 (1 PM) CodeRun: Programming Competition – Student Edition – ICT DGTE
July 19 (1 PM) CodeRun: Programming Competition – Professional Edition – ICT DGTE
July 19 (4 PM) Speed Typing Competition – ICT-DGTE
July 19 (5 PM) Mock Call Competition – ICT-DGTE
July 21 Legal Information Drive – SU/FU DAR
July 27 (5:30 PM) ICT Fun Run (Kick Off @ Teletech) – ICT-DGTE
July 29 Regional ARB Summit – DAR
A series of seminars just for the MSMEs of Negros Oriental, especially those in the Tourism, Food, Crafts, and Allied Industries. “Enhancing the Competitiveness of MSMEs in Negros Oriental” is the theme of Made in Negros Oriental Fair 2014,
July 16 and 17, Bethel Guesthouse
To get tickets, please click on the Seminar titles.
8:00-11:30am, Joshua 1
1:00-4:30 PM, Joshua 1
1:00-4:30 PM, Joshua 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Joshua 1
Credits to MetroPost
The Business Process Outsourcing industry, one of the main engines of growth in Dumaguete City, marks its 10th year this year.
The 20 BPOs, whose businesses include call centers, editing, online teaching, among many others, is estimated to pump in no less than P50 million to the Dumaguete economy every month in payroll money alone.
The Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce & Industry attributes this contribution of the BPO industry to the rise of the service industry (restaurants, hotels, bars), as well as the increasing number of motorcycle stores, appliance centers and other retail establishments.
Business, for many, is so good that NOCCI President Ed Du said the business community is caught in a dilemma between protecting the interest of existing BPOs in the province or allowing new players to come in.
In a Kapihan forum held at Captain Ribbers Restaurant last week, Du explained that if they allow new BPO investors put up their businesses here, they will be competing with existing BPO companies on hiring the small manpower pool in the province.
Du noted that Negros Oriental produces 4,000 graduates a year and most of them are not enrolled in IT-related courses.
However, the Information and Communications Technology Association of Dumaguete City & Negros Oriental (ICT Dumaguete) is open to the idea of having more call centers or other BPO companies here.
ICT Dumaguete President Suzanne Bascara, who manages SPI Global, said they welcome everyone who wishes to create more jobs here in Dumaguete, since it will contribute to the overall economic growth of the City.
Ava Mojica of TeleTech Dumaguete said that there would be no issue with BPO investors, especially those who have a different type of business or accounts.
On the other hand, other members of the chamber said they should not stop new BPO companies from coming in the province.
Du disclosed that a lot of investors are coming to them to seek help in establishing their companies and for permits and incentives.
Du stressed they are putting a priority to existing call centers and other BPO companies since they know these companies are aggressive in hiring employees.
However, the ICT Dumaguete requests new investors to meet with them before putting up their companies so they can have an understanding about the community here and remind them to observe business ethics.
“The thing we will ask for is a chance to meet with them, to talk to them and have an understanding with them. And we all work towards the development of Dumaguete. Our main goal is to make Dumaguete a great place to live in where people can easily find work and do business,” Bascara said.
Just a week ago, I was telling my students that Internet censorship would soon make its way into the Philippines, as well as it has into many other Asian countries.
I predicted that the early stages of censorship would most likely show within five years.
Now, not even a week later, news reports say the National Telecommunication Commission is pushing for nationwide filtering under the cover of an anti-child pornography campaign.
I am totally against sexual child abuse and fighting it has always been a great challenge.
But I also believe we can fight child pornography and similar issues without violating constitutional rights and the freedom of information.
My initial question is, are we aware of the implications this whole “filtering (child) porn thing” would have to society as we know it?
If you ask me, it totally looks like a disguise — a smokescreen if you will — one to keep the public distracted from what’s really going on.
This whole thing is about the government trying to push censorship straight through the door without most of us even noticing it.
I mean, who would raise his voice against a sexual child abuse campaign, right?
Well, back in Germany in 2009, then Minister for Family Affairs, Ursula von der Leyen tried pushing for Internet filters to be implemented by law for the same reason — fighting sexual child abuse. It was said “The sites, that are to be redirected to a stop sign put up by Internet access providers, are gathered on a list that’s exclusively maintained by the BKA (German Federal Criminal Police Office).”
This is about censorship, and in the case of Miss von der Leyen, it was furthermore based on a misguided understanding of the underlying technologies that the Internet is based on.
I believe that the situation we’re in right right now is similar to what happened back then.
Despite all that, you should be aware of the fact that you cannot reliably ban Internet content based on dynamic filtering. The Internet is a DECENTRALIZED medium, and aside from that, there would be too many false positives as well, preventing people from accessing valid websites.
When you’re paying your bills for your home internet connection, you are not paying so you will be allowed to use the Internet. Rather, you do so for your Internet Service Provider to provide you with access. Your ISP is only a part of the Internet, one of thousands of ISPs around the world, making up the Internet as we know it today.
Now, what is being suggested by the NTC anyway? Well, I’d love to know the technical details but I could see none at the moment.
What we know so far is that it’s all about installing filter systems at ISPs nation-wide. Meaning, ISPs would be deputized under the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009 (Republic Act No. 9775) or similar Acts and forced to implement “carrier-grade” filtering systems that would allow for intercepting all Internet traffic, and to pro-actively block access to certain websties in a fully automated and wide-scaled fashion.
Yes, that’s nation-wide, and don’t lean back thinking that the provinces would b exempted. From here, it would be just a small step from seeing a nation-wide blacklist implemented.
Such a blacklist could contain all kinds of websites ranging from those being anti-government, to even blogs of journalists known for their straight forward and ‘open-minded’ publications. Say goodbye then to freedom of information.
For the techies amongst you: A content filtering system would be placed between the subscriber and the ISP filtering all traffic that’s generated towards the Internet. For this to work even on encrypted connections (HTTPS), a technique known as deep packet inspection (DPI) kicks in, allowing to read the content of respective data packets.
Otherwise, you would simply be able to bypass the filter system by asking the operator of a certain website to enable encryption, and you’d be all set. The filter itself is also being referred to as being a proxy. It filters all access to websites you’re trying to access.
DPI would either take care of breaking or even faking encrypted connections to extract (or even inject) information.
But in this scope we’re ‘just’ talking about performing pattern-based search operations e.g. for certain keywords like “porn,” “child porn” within such secured connections.
In case of a positive match, access to a website would be blocked. The problem with this is the fact that every single request of a subscriber (that’s YOU!) has to be intercepted and analyzed accordingly, no matter if encrypted or not. This is a so-called man-in-the-middle attack, which is fundamentally wrong.
Furthermore, it would reveal login credentials to email accounts, connected correspondence, as well as personal chat messages. The subscriber would be totally exposed, and all this information would be made available in real-time. Sounds familiar?
That’s aside from the administrative and financial overhead the entire thing would cause. If ever the government would provide funding to ISPs to push the implementation, guess who’s going to pay for it? Likely us, the taxpayers.
What other implications are to be expected? Well, just try to imagine how the next national election would go down with having such filters in place. Do you actually trust your government that much NOT to abuse this power to restrict Internet access to a subset of websites only, and not to restrict freedom of information? If your answer was yes, I’d suggest you not be that naive.
We’ve seen one possible outcome during the Egyptian protests back in 2011. The Egypt government was pushing local ISPs to block access to certain social media websites like Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus […] — literally everything. Up to the point were ISPs declined, and were forced to cease operations entirely.
As a result, an entire country went dark overnight. It was disconnected from the Internet. Only dial-up connections (56k modem lines) made it possible for people to communicate with the outside, to let the rest of the world know what was going on. What I’m referring to is a complete blackout, a catastrophy on a scale that no one ever imagined would be possible. But it did happen.
Now, also think about North Korea, Iran, Burma or a much more consistent example – China and the “great Chinese firewall”.
China’s Internet censorship is regarded by many as the most pervasive and sophisticated in the world.
The bottom line is that Internet Service Providers are supposed to provide you with unrestricted access to the Internet. They’re supposed to be neutral. They sit in between you and the rest of the world — they’re just providing.
Certainly, the Internet is not a legal-free zone BUT it’s also not supposed to be regulated by any government at all. It’s a community. We have to address issues like the one of sexual child abuse on a completely different level, but without implementing censorship.
Providers are NOT supposed to be deputized, and held to pro-actively intercept and break TRAFFIC passing from or to any of their peers, including their subscribers.
Trying to censor the Internet as a decentralized medium will always fail.
Stop allowing governments to violate human rights and freedom of information.
Stand up and don’t be afraid to raise your voice!
Jan Dennis Bungart
Head, IT/ICT Operations
Credits to Dumaguete Metro Post
The 53rd edition of the Silliman University National Writers Workshop is slated to start on 5 May 2014 at the Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village in Camp Look-out, Valencia, Negros Oriental.
Twelve writers from all over the Philippines have been accepted as workshop fellows. They are Jose Jason Chancoco (Ateneo de Naga), Daniel Hao Chua Olivan Jr. (Ateneo de Manila), Maria Camille Rivera (UP Diliman), and Roberto Klemente Timonera (Silliman University) for poetry; Jovy Almero (UP Diliman), Prescilla Dorado (UP Mindanao), Jose Renato Evangelista (DLSU Manila), Rolly Jude Ortega (Silliman University), and Erlinda Mae Young (UP Diliman) for fiction; and Johanna Michelle Barot Lim (University of San Carlos), Jan Kevin Rivera (UP Diliman), and Gracielle Deanne Tubera (Ateneo de Davao) for creative nonfiction.
The panel of writers/critics for this year includes Director-in-Residence Susan S. Lara; Dumaguete-based writer César Ruìz Aquino; and guest panelists Gémino H. Abad, Dean Francis Alfar, Merlie Alunan, Ricardo de Ungria, Marjorie Evasco, Grace Monte de Ramos, Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo, DM Reyes, John Jack Wigley, Alfred Yuson. They will be joined by two foreign panelists whose names will be announced later.
The workshop, which traditionally lasts for three weeks, is the oldest creative writing workshop of its kind in Asia. It was founded in 1962 by S.E.A. Write Awardee Edilberto K. Tiempo and National Artist Edith L. Tiempo, and was recently given the Tanging Parangal in the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining by the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
This year, the workshop is co-sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia.
For more information about forthcoming events during the workshop, please email Workshop Coordinator Ian Rosales Casocot at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Department of English and Literature at (035) 422-6002 loc. 520. (Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center)
Reference: Silliman Website