Saturday, September 23, 2017

Globe, Facebook collaborate to promote Digital Thumbprint Program

Globe Telecom and Facebook have joined hands to promote digital literacy and online responsibility among students, teachers, and the general public through the Digital Thumbprint Program which advocates cyber wellness and judicious use of the Internet.

This was announced by Globe and Facebook at the Globe Media Excellence Awards – Visayas, an annual event which upholds press freedom and media excellence by recognizing outstanding traditional and digital media practitioners.
Inspired by Optus' Digital Thumbprint in-school program in Australia, DTP was introduced by Globe in the Philippines early last year to educate as many Filipino youth on the importance of responsible digital citizenship through a series of workshops.

So far, the DTP has reached 17,510 public and private high school students while 1,842 public high school teachers have been empowered to teach the program to their students. Based on the latest impact assessment conducted by Karrikins Group,  94.4% of the participants found DTP relevant while 93.7% said it helped them build confidence in their online activities.  Teachers also agreed that their students were highly engaged in the sessions.

Officially a Kapuso: Atom Araullo joins GMA News and Public Affairs

Broadcast journalist Atom Araullo returns to GMA-7 to be part of the Network’s News and Public Affairs group, which is widely regarded as the most credible and most internationally-awarded broadcast news organization in the country.
Broadcast journalist Atom Araullo returns to GMA-7 to be part of the Network’s News and Public Affairs group
Atom, who used to be part of the Kapuso Network’s primetime newscast 24 Oras via the segment ‘ATOMic Sports’, expressed his eagerness to be a Kapuso once again. “I’m very excited. Ang dami kong gustong gawin, particularly in the realm of documentary production. I think this is a great place to do all of that,” he says.

GMA Network Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon welcomed Atom on his homecoming. “Dahil kilala ang GMA-7 sa paggawa ng world class at award-winning documentary and public affairs programs, kami ay nalulugod sa paglipat ni Atom Araullo para lalo s’yang mahasa sa pagiging magaling na broadcast journalist at documentarist among others,” Atty. Gozon said.

Li'l Star Combo: AirAsia Treats Young Flyers with Free In-flight Meals on Sept. 28

AirAsia introduces a brand new in-flight meal, Lil’ Star Combo, specially created to suit the taste buds of young flyers.

To celebrate the launch, all kids aged 2 to 12 flying with AirAsia on 28 September 2017 will receive a complimentary Lil’ Star Combo meal, while stocks last. Guests travelling with their little ones on other dates are able to pre-book the meal for only PHP 180 on 
The combo meal includes a wholesome mini chicken pizza smothered in rich tomato sauce and chicken slices, topped with creamy mozzarella and cheddar cheese. The delicious meal comes with a pack of mini Oreo cookies and chocolate drink in a special snack box guaranteed to delight little travellers. The Lil’ Star Combo meal is also available in vegetarian version on AirAsia India flights.

DOT-6 to start Accommodation Capacity Survey this coming October

The Department of Tourism is implementing a Survey on the Accommodation Capacity on the different Tourism Development Areas identified in the National Tourism Development Plan. The survey includes all existing and under construction accommodation establishments in the area. 
ILOILO CONVENTION CENTER and the soon-to-open Marriott Courtyard Hotel Iloilo 
The said capacity survey aims to help policy makers, businesses and investors decide on putting up investments through supplying statistical data on room capacity, available facilities, employment and future investments in the accommodation sector. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

GCash and Facebook Launch an Easy Way for People in the Philippines to Access Their Money on Messenger

GCash, in partnership with Facebook, is excited to announce an easy new way for people in the Philippines to pay bills and buy prepaid load using Messenger, with the ability to send money to friends and family coming soon.

GCash is a leader in transforming the mobile phone into a virtual wallet and is continually looking for ways to expand its services. GCash recognizes that Messenger's community offers a unique opportunity to connect GCash with people who might not otherwise have access to its services. 

“This integration with Messenger represents an exciting new way to reach the unbanked in the Philippines.” said Albert Tinio, President and CEO of GCash. “We want everyone to enjoy cashless convenience on their mobile phones, and we think that these new tools will improve the financial lives of our customers.”
GCash President and CEO Albert Tinio and Facebook Product Lead for Mobile Financial Services Ginger Baker doing a thumbs-up on the GCash and Messenger  partnership.

“We’re excited to work with GCash to give Filipinos new tools to access their money using Messenger,” said Facebook Product Manager Ginger Baker. “Our goal is to amplify the reach and impact of providers like GCash by enabling tools that allow them to connect people with the services and friends they care about.”

Thursday, September 21, 2017

CacaoLink–Visayas to strengthen cacao industry in the Visayas Region

The Philippine Cacao Industry Council, in cooperation with the Region VI Cacao Industry Council and in partnership with the regional offices of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Agriculture, will gather all cacao industry stakeholders to establish stronger linkages for sustainable and inclusive growth in the Visayas Region.
The CacaoLink Visayas will bring together key players across the value chain from the Regions 6, 7 and 8 at the Royal Garden Hall and Convention Center along Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City on October 5 and 6, 2017.

Some 400 participants that are expected to join include input providers, nursery operators, cacao traders, exporters, processors or financing institutions for a Business-To-Business (B2B) encounter for those interested to explore the opportunities that the cacao industry offers.
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