A globally competitive Philippine Digital Workforce – Manila Bulletin

TECH4GOOD Monchito B. Ibrahim, former DICT Undersecretary Several months back, I featured in this column the correlation between having the right skills for its workforce and the country’s global competitiveness and how having an effective skills development program will position it to take advantage of the economic opportunities that the future will bring. The recent passage of RA 11927 or the Philippine Digital Workforce Competitiveness Act is definitely a big step towards achieving those aspirations. If properly executed, it will put into motion a whole-of-government initiative to ensure the competitiveness…

The impact of ICT on the Philippine economy – Manila Bulletin

TECH4GOOD Monchito Ibrahim The Portulans Institute and the Said Business School at the University of Oxford recently released the Network Readiness Index (NRI) 2022 Report. The annual NRI Report is a global report that looks at the application and impact of ICT in economies around the world. This year, a total of 131 economies were examined and ranked based on their performances in four pillars: Technology, people, governance, and impact. The good news is that, among its ASEAN counterparts, the Philippines achieved the highest jump in terms of ranking. It…

Rex Education enhances learning resources in Philippine history and social sciences in partnership with PSSC, PNHS, and PHA – Manila Bulletin

Rex Education hosted a memorandum signing with the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC), the Philippine National Historical Society (PNHS), and the Philippine Historical Association (PHA) on September 6, 2022 to seal a fellowship program centered on Philippine history.  The main goal of the program is to develop a compendium on Philippine history that could serve as a reference material for writing and publishing future history-centered textbooks. A careful selection of fellows who are knowledgeable about specific periods in Philippine history would be conducted to ensure the accuracy and credibility of…

The Philippine ROTC games – Manila Bulletin

The Philippine ROTC games ‘TOL VIEWS Senator Francis N. Tolentino Since the start of my term as a Senator back in 2019, I have been a staunch advocate of sports and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program for the youth. After all, I am the president of the Samahang Kickboxing ng Pilipinas and a Brigadier General of the Philippine Army (Res). For those who are still unfamiliar, the ROTC is a program designed to provide military training to tertiary level students with the aim of preparing the country’s national…

4th Philippine Faces of Success 2023 perennial honorees and awardees – Manila Bulletin

Richard Hiñola, founder, Philippine Faces of Success From the makers of Model Mom Philippines, 6th Outstanding Men and Women of the Year Philippines, Philippine Empowered Men and Women of the Year and Philippine Outstanding Brand of the Year come this year’s 4th Philippine Faces of Success 2023 giving recognition to all the successful Filipinos in the country and all over the world, spearheaded by the Philippines awards guru Mr. Richard Hiñola. It will be held at the Teatrino Greenhills in San Juan City on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. Success…

Ocean organization says Philippine municipal waters are overfished – Manila Bulletin

The Philippines is considered the “center of marine biodiversity in the world” by the Global Marine Species Assessment of the World Conservation Union. The archipelago is brimming with marine life, but it is also straining to support a nation of more than 100 million people. Image courtesy of Sirikul R/Pexels In a media briefing held in Quezon City last October 11, 2022, Oceana, an international advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, enumerated some of the major issues and challenges that continue affecting the country’s fishing industry. Despite the…

Philippine Navy’s BRP Gregorio Del Pilar Completes 4-Year Overhaul

The Philippine Navy has announced its offshore patrol vessel BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-19) has reached full operational capability after a four-year overhaul. The vessel was grounded after a sea mishap in 2018 “while conducting a maritime patrol on the West Philippine Sea,” according to Philippine Navy Spokesperson Cmdr. Benjo Negranza. One of the ship’s variable pitch propellers and hub were damaged during the operation in the Hasa-Hasa Shoal east of the Spratly Islands. The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar received repairs to restore “its seaworthiness for maritime operations” despite difficulties…

Improving quality of Philippine education – Manila Bulletin

Part 1 The mass media has been recently bombarded with information about the poor quality  of Philippine education.  The public has been presented almost ad nauseam with data on the Philippines having the highest learning poverty in the Indo-Pacific region and Philippine 15-year-old students scoring the lowest in international achievement tests in reading comprehension, mathematical literacy and scientific knowledge and reasoning.  There is also the reference to the lowest percentage of GDP spent on education spent by the Philippine Government in comparison with our ASEAN peers. Should we be worried…

Strategic Partners Or Rivals In The West Philippine Sea? – Analysis – Eurasia Review

This year marks the 7th year of the Philippines-Vietnam strategic partnership established through the Joint Statement signed on 17 November 2015.  The two Southeast Asian countries pursued the said partnership amidst intensified security tensions in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) arising primarily from China’s massive reclamation activities in the area preceded by the filing in 2013 of the international arbitration case of the Philippines against China in the aftermath of the 2012 Scarborough Shoal standoff.     The Joint Statement urges both parties to pursue cooperation in various fields for…

Philippine, Singapore leaders discuss South China Sea issue — BenarNews

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. wrapped up a two-nation Southeast Asian tour in Singapore on Wednesday, where he and local government leaders agreed to boost counter-terrorism cooperation and affirmed the importance of peace in the South China Sea. Marcos arrived in Singapore on Tuesday after completing a state visit to Indonesia – his first foreign trip as president since he was elected in a landslide in May. Marcos, together with Singaporean President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, agreed to strengthen cooperation on information and telecommunications technology, according…