Globe Telecom first PH telco service provider to use outdoor distributed antenna system
Read 374 times | Posted on July 06, 2013 @ 5 years ago
ODAS next best alternative to towering cellsites
Globe Telecom has unveiled the use of outdoor distributed antenna system (ODAS), which effects stronger mobile phone signal for its subscribers, becoming the first telecommunications company in the country to make use of such technology.
The next best alternative to towering cell sites, the ODAS solution is state of the art technology that makes use of a specialized lamp posts built with radio signal transmission capability, bringing unparalleled telecommunication service for its subscribers in strategic areas.
“The ODAS technology effectively brings coverage much closer to residents through the installation of lamp posts deployed along sidewalks. These facilities deepen mobile coverage by bringing radio signal closer to end-users and Globe Telecom is the first telco service provider in the country to use the ODAS solution,” said Emmanuel Estrada, Globe Head of Network Technologies Strategy.
According to Estrada, the ODAS solution also supports all frequency bands used by wireless carriers, including the cutting edge long-term evolution (LTE) technology, providing stronger support for mobile data services.
“The ODAS technology effectively enhances end-user’s experience by providing stronger mobile phone coverage and higher bandwidth with the reliability of a conventional cell site,” said Estrada.
He explained that the ODAS solution is a dedicated system that uses fiber-optic cables to distribute a base station’s signals to multiple low power active antenna systems installed in nominal locations inside residential subdivisions.
This in effect allows the delivery of a more reliable service in the deployment area without the need for towering cell sites, he said.
“The ODAS solution does not only improve mobile phone signals, they also provide an alternative and efficient lighting system as Globe Telecom strives to provide value-added services to the communities we partner with,” Estrada said.
Estrada also stressed that radiation coming from cell sites is not considered harmful and is classified as non-ionizing, similar to radiation that comes from low-frequency devices such as transistor radios and microwave oven or baby monitors.
In fact, all cell sites and ODAS equipment of the company have also been given radiation safety certificates by the Department of Health, he said.
“It is a known fact that power from broadcast transmitters are at least 1,000 times higher than traditional cell sites and at least 10,000 times higher than signals from each ODAS antenna,” Estrada said.
He added that based on studies by the World Health Organization, there is no conclusive evidence to associate exposure to radio signals from cell sites or wireless networks with adverse health effects.
GSIS names 2013 art tilt winners
Read 405 times | Posted on July 06, 2013 @ 5 years ago
The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) declared 21 out of 623 artworks, including an entry from Switzerland, as winners and honorable mentions in the 2013 GSIS Art Competition held on June 24 at the GSIS Theater in Pasay.
Named were nine winners and 12 honorable mentions in the competition’s three categories: nonrepresentational, representational and sculpture.
In the nonrepresentational category, Jesus D. Santos bagged the grand prize for his work The Unseen Beauty Beyond Poverty. Fitzsimon L. Herrera’s My Shadow’s Only One That Walks Beside Me and Melchor D. Bernaldo’s Anatomy of =
the Threat placed second and third, respectively.
Santos, who won in the nonrepresentational category, was last year’s winner in the representational category. In the past few years of joining the tilt, his entries have consistently landed in the list of finalists or runners=
In the representational category, Thomas D. Daquioag’s The Family garnered the top prize, followed by second and third prize winners Jason B. Bequillo’s Faith Can Move Mountains and Joel R. Bartolome’s Dozens of Dreams.
Bequillo, who placed second in the representational category, won despite his physical handicap. Born without fingers, he worked on his winning piece by inserting a paint brush between his palms. Bequillo does portraits for a=
“Ipinapakita ko sa ginawa ko na kahit wala akong mga daliri, kayang-kaya ko dahil meron akong pananampalataya,” Bequillo said.
Jojit C. Nagamos placed first in the sculpture category for his work Tenement, while Federico T. Jimenez Jr.’s Hinga Ng Malalim and Victorio Brazil Bautista Jr.’s Tinik Sa Laman were adjudged second and third best pieces.
All winners for the three categories were =C2 given cash prizes, trophies,medals, and certificates.
“The GSIS has been holding the art competition yearly as part of our anniversary celebration to promote artistic excellence and make space for creative visual expressions,” GSIS president and general manager Robert G. Vergara=
said in his opening remarks during the awarding ceremonies.
Renowned artists, art enthusiasts and GSIS senior executives comprised the panel of judges this year who included — Ms. Regina Cruz, Ms. Camille Vergara, Mr. Jaime Amante, Mr. Angelito Antonio, GSIS SVP Dionisio Ebdane Jr., Mr. Justin Nuyda, and Mr. Rene Robles, for the non-representational category.
For the representational category, the judges were GSIS PGM Robert G. Vergara, Mr. Antipas Delotavo, Dr. Jaime Laya, Mr. Ephraim Samson, and Mr. Juvenal Sanso; for the sculpture category, the judges included Ms. Julie Lluch, =
Mr. Robert Feleo and Mr. Jun Yee.
All winning artworks are displayed at the GSIS Museo ng Sining and GSIS Theater up to 31 July 2013, and will be featured in the GSIS’s 2014 calendar and other printed materials. Of these, only the top three winners in each category will automatically become part of the GSIS’s art collection. The honorable mentions, finalists, and nonwinning artists may opt to retrieve their work from, or donate to the GSIS.
The 2013 GSIS art competition, now on its 9th year, was held in partnership with the Art Association of the Philippines.
WORM’S EYEVIEW: As the grassroots heat up, tend to your barangay!
Read 382 times | Posted on June 26, 2013 @ 5 years ago
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/26 June)–With barangay elections scheduled on October 28 this year, there’s a stirring at the grassroots now. Parties, politicos, and their operatives are prowling the
neighborhoods for candidate material. New groups are being formed, old alignments regrouped, campaigns being planned, while alliances are being forged. As campaign talk heats up, even the youth are awakening, especially those in power, have tasted power (as SK chairman or kagawad), or awaiting their turn as surrogates of entrenched officials and political dynasties.
All this is happening in political circles—at the level that now constitutes the “political class” in every community: people already in politics as officeholder, as candidate, as patron, as supporter or
contributor, as campaign operative. They know the privileges and entitlements that go with being in politics, how profitable it is, how sweet it is, and how much more they want from it.
Middle and Upper Class Unconcern This stirring however has not touched the barangay as a whole. If at
all, only the bottom half of the community usually perks up at this point—or later as election draws near. That’s when electioneering gains high intensity and momentum as patronage and money begin to flow and trigger frenzied rivalry. But the upper half—the barangay’s middle and upper classes—will remain unconcerned about what the local leaders and candidates are up to. With few exceptions, they aren’t even concerned about how the barangay’s candidates are selected, let alone what their qualifications or motives are. And that’s how opportunities for mischief and mayhem arise. The educated circles, the leading citizens, aren’t concerned, with no one interested enough to pay attention.
This unconcern among the elite is what enables the traditional grassroots leadership (traditional politicians or trapos) to dominate and control politics in the barangay—and by extension, the nation’s.
Elite unconcern is a major cause of 1) the rise of political dynasties on all levels; 2) bad governance throughout the bureaucracy; and 3) the spread of corruption from the grassroots up. Contrary to general impression, corruption does not trickle down; it spirals up from the community and spreads vertically and horizontally, infecting the body politic. Barangays are like the tiny cells of a
human body. All it takes to weaken the body politic is to let one barangay be infected and neglect it or leave it untreated.
Failure of the Elite ,We refer to the elite of our society as the leading citizens, the role
models and pace-setters. And they are that in many ways. They are sticklers for excellence in their fields—achievers. They are the captains of industry and commerce, the executives and managers of our
institutions, educators and trainers, professionals and service providers, marketers and distributors of what we produce, producers and multipliers of the community’s wealth, and so on. They are the
leading citizens and the big taxpayers as well. But, in many ways, they are non-performing citizens.
Sure, they subscribe to social causes and support them, including religious and prayer groups. They have industry associations and all sorts of advocacy, giving generously of their time and treasure. At
times, they make a big fuss about wanting good governance, eradicating corruption, or inducing progress through anti- poverty programs.
But then they elect or, through their inattention, allow to be elected incompetents and charlatans to lead their own community—who then support demagogues, clowns, and corrupt trapos to run the
municipality, the city, the province, and the nation at large. The elite don’t seem to know that it is their barangay’s votes that elect ALL officials at ALL levels, that therefore it is essential to pay attention to the activities, open or closed, in their neighborhoods—especially activities that condition or dictate how
their neighbors vote.
What’s worrisome about the stirrings in barangay politics today is the ignorance or defiance of the officials with respect to the law. With impunity, they do whatever serves their purposes. They violate the law which partisan activities. But no one draws their attention to the Omnibus Election Code, Section 38 of which prohibits partisanship in the barangay in no uncertain terms.
Impunity and lawlessness will continue to be the norm in barangay politics unless and until the elite residents pay attention and check anomalies in their own neighborhoods. They are the leading citizens of the community, but their leadership s not felt in the local sphere; they do not assert their leadership to effect reforms and keep local politics legal and democratic. And so the barangay today remains the soft underbelly of our republic instead of its strong foundation. (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Manny Valdehuesa is the president and national convenor of Gising Barangay Movement Inc.He can be reached at [email protected])
Business groups urge passage of business and economic reform measures
Read 801 times | Posted on January 19, 2013 @ 5 years ago
DOMESTIC and foreign business groups today urged leaders of Congress to move to final enactment a series of business and economic reforms that are very advanced in the legislative process. (more…)
Butuan goes Code Red; riverside residents ordered to evacuate
Read 538 times | Posted on January 14, 2013 @ 5 years ago
By Erwin Mascariñas
BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/-Evacuations were enforced in at least seven riverside barangays here as authorities raised the alert level to 3 or Code Red at 8 p.m. Thursday when the water level of the Agusan River reached three meters above the normal due to continuous rains since Wednesday.
Mitch Sagod, a member of the city government’s Butuan Search and Rescue Team (BUSaRT) reported the water level of Agusan River had reached 3.1 meters as of 9 p.m. The normal water level is 1.7 meters.
The team as of 9:30 p.m. was evacuating residents of Barangay Buhangin, Sagod told MindaNews.
Sagod said they expect the water level to rise by 1.2 meters more by 11 p.m. because of the high tide.
The last time the city issued a Code Red was in January 2010. But the worst flood was in February 1962 when Butuan’s streets were under 15 feet of water and in some parts, as high as 20 feet after 57 days of rain.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its 5 p.m. advisory on Thursday said the low pressure area (LPA) was estimated at 370 kilometers southeast of General Santos City as of 4 p.m. In its 11 a.m. advisory, it said the LPA earlier seen approaching east Mindanao had dissipated.
Evacuation of residents in riverside barangays such as Lemon, Pigdaulan, Mahay, Buhangin, Banza, Golden Ribbon, and P-4 Obrero was ordered as early as 10 a.m.
Classes in both public and private elementary and high schools were immediately suspended by the local government as soon as Alert Level 2 or Code Yellow was issued.
Code Yellow was issued at 10 a.m. when the water level rose to 2.5 meters.
All flights to and from Butuan City were immediately suspended, as well as flights to Surigao City.
The city government immediately set up an emergency coordinating center inside City Hall while Father Saturnino Urios University set up its emergency relief center inside its gymnasium which will also be used to help coordinate with the rescue and relief operations.
Nokie Calunsag, information officer for Green Mindanao and a resident of Barangay Baan riverside, said as early as 3 a.m. Thursday, the barangay streets were starting to flood.
“The tributary of the river in Barangay Mahay started to overflow which also added to the flooding in Barangay Baan. This morning the water level was already above the knee and my mother and wife immediately evacuated to the center. The mode of transportation now is by canoe,” said Calunsag. (Erwin Mascarinas/MindaNews)
DOCKERS opens first-ever branch at Centrio Mall CdO
Read 713 times | Posted on November 12, 2012 @ 5 years ago
By Allan Mediante & Louise Chavez
CAG. DE ORO – Dockers the most-loved khaki brand in the world is now available for the multitude of fashionable men of Cagayan de Oro as it opens its first-ever Dockers Store located in the newly opened Centrio Mall.
Gracing the opening of the store last November 9, was actor Sid Lucero who drew raves from thousands of wailing and yelling fans, with his Dockers outfit. The blessing of the store was also led by one its owners, a beauteous Salima Macahilig of SMATCH Inc. and Maan Ambayec, operations manager.
When asked why they have chosen Centrio Mall as the house of its first store in Mindanan, Salima said Ayala has been its usual partner in business. Salima said she believes her company’s Dockers store would cater to the discriminating tastes of millionaires and highend fashion advocates of Northern Mindanao.
Dockers khakis offer the best form and fit from casual to formal wear and are made for real men of action.
An Alpha among men
Dockers Alpha Khaki one of the recent khaki evolution that is created for a new generation of men is now available in the newly opened Dockers Store. It is essentially for the men who wish to gravitate towards a more casual look but with the feel and versatility of wearing jeans.
“Dockers Alpha Khaki is one of our best selling product, and it is meant for the real men of action” said Ms. Rhea Akil, Senior Marketing Executive for the Dockers brand. She added, “It comes in various colors that appeal to a fashion forward crowd that is not afraid to be seen in the latest khaki evolution”.
Fall Holiday Collection 2012
Dockers Fall Holiday Collection 2012 has arrived. Still inspired by the message Save the Day Every Day, showcasing – color hues like browns, reds blues and gradually changing to darker shades of blue, violet, and deep brown.
Broken In Khakis, Clean Casual Pants, and Iconic 5-Pocket are definite must buy if shopping for great looking pair of khakis.
Also featured is Dockers Wearever Series introducing Stain Defenders in D2 fit and the Mobile Khakis. This series offers a khaki pants that resist staining and will keep men dressed to impress pretty much the entire day. It is a pair that should be part of any men’s wardrobe.
And for those looking for a more formal look Dockers Signature and SF Khakis fit the bill.
Check out the latest Dockers Store at the newly opened Centrio Mall and enjoy the fit, form and styling of the world’s no. 1 khaki brand — Dockers.
The Dockers® Brand has embodied the spirit of khaki for more than 25 years. Since their introduction in 1986, Dockers® has been perfecting khakis—and the essential goods to go with them—for men and women all over the world. No compromises in quality. Just versatile, essential style. Day to night. Monday to Sunday. Wearing the pants has never looked so good. For information on Dockers® and its products, please call +632-889-9301 or visit www.Dockers.com.
Abensons at Centrio Mall is firm’s first store in Mindanao
Read 838 times | Posted on November 12, 2012 @ 5 years ago
Abenson is one of the most famous appliance store chains in the country.
It has opened its first N. Mindanao branch at the Centrio Mall in this city.
Abenson has changed the appliance industry when it established its first store inside the newly commercialized Greenhills Shopping Center.
Soon after, Abenson rapidly expanded in major malls and shopping centers. This concept then evolved to stand alone home centers in the metropolis.
Today, Abenson has over 70 stores nationwide.
Abenson is the Philippine’s largest appliance network. It is the leading appliance retailer, having been consistently awarded Top Dealer of appliance top brands like Sony, Samsung, Philips, Carrier and Sharp. In 2005, Abenson is proud to have been ranked by Retail Asia Magazine as the Top 10 retailers in the Philippines.
Through the years, Abenson has serviced companies’ needs for appliances. Either appliance used to furnish the office, employee incentivation programs or external consumer marketing needs, Abenson has provided solutions such as delivery and installation to implementing back-end processes for a number of corporate clients.
It offers the BEST BRANDS at BEST VALUE. Abenson is a one stop shop.Not only offer appliances but also the latest electronics, gadgets and furniture through affiliate companies.
Abenson provides different claim options such as Abenson Gift Certificates or Redemption Certificates. With Abenson’s wide network of stores,it also accommodate pick up and delivery of items to any point within the country.
Abenson gives a warranty up to 5 years. Abenson Extended Warranty offers 100% product protection where they cover parts and labor service so the customers are protected against unexpected bills.
REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT
With Abenson Extended Warranty the product will be replaced with a brand new unit of similar kind and quality when the original unit is irrepairable or beyond economical repairs.
Abenson Extended Warranty can be applied to an appliance bought for domestic or personal use and it is applicable on a wide selection of appliances. For reference,outlined below a list of eligible products:
Centrio mall houses Robinsons and Rustan stores
Read 509 times | Posted on November 12, 2012 @ 5 years ago
AYALA’s Centrio Mall opened with a bang, November 9 with an estimated 8,000 crowd of shoppers who were curious enough to what an Ayala proJect contains.
Located at the heart of the City, the mall is an ultimate convergence center for residents and tourists.
Retail brands that are “firsts-in-Cdo- like Docker’s, are among the 300 stores that opened . New and home-groown dining concepts, basic shopping and dining destinations, sprawl all over the malls 64,000 sqms gross floor area.
It also includes Robinsons and Rustans as anchor department store and supermarket. It has 4 state-of-the-art cinemas, Tmezone anbd a vibrant activity center which will be home to one of a kind shows and events. Lined-up are Ann Curtis Nov.10 and Penumbra Nov. 11.
Centrio is an integrated mixed-use complex composed of a shopping mall, a hotel, a BPO/office building and a condominium tower located along Capt. Vicente Roa St.-Corrales Avenue Cor. C.M. Recto Avenue in Cagayan de Oro City in the Philippines.
The entire complex occupies 3.7 hectares right in the city’s central business district. It also sits in front of Gaisano City Mall and a few blocks away from homegrown Limketkai Mall. Centrio is owned by Ayala Corporation and has an estimated cost of Php 4.7 billion.
The 3-storey mall has a 44,000 sq.m. gross leasable area. Ayala executives also decided to preserve the 2 old acacia trees which were believed to be 60 years old. The mall is built around it and served as its mini-park.
Globe, SingTel awards scholarship grants to top Ateneo, La Salle students
Read 357 times | Posted on September 10, 2012 @ 5 years ago
Globe, SingTel awards scholarship grants to top Ateneo, La Salle students
Four freshmen students from Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University passed a rigorous screening process to become this year’s Globe-SingTel Undergraduate Scholarship Program awardees.
Michael Steven Molion, Danielle Royon, Germaine Erika Kaw, Paolo Romeo Aquino passed a tough selection process that involved paper screening, intensive interviews, and leadership and behavioral assessments to be awarded the full scholarships covering tuition fees and allowances for the entire duration of their undergraduate course.
Molion is taking B.S. Management Engineering while Royon and Kaw are both taking up B.S. Management-Honors Program at the Ateneo. Aquino, on the other hand, is a B.S. Applied Economics & Marketing Management student at De La Salle.
Spearheaded by Globe Telecom together with its shareholder Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel), the scholarship program aims to support and develop next generation leaders in the field of business and information technology in the Asia Pacific region.
The scholarship program also serves as an opportunity for Globe and SingTel to spot talents early for future leadership roles. Upon graduation, the students will have a chance to have an internship stint in SingTel, and the opportunity to be part of the Management Associate Program of SingTel or Globe.
The program was launched in 2008 by SingTel in partnership with its local affiliates in Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia. It was introduced in the Philippines only last year in partnership with Globe.
Globe to offer revolutionary Nano-SIMs in Globe Stores this month
Read 334 times | Posted on September 10, 2012 @ 5 years ago
Globe to offer revolutionary Nano-SIMs in Globe Stores this month
Globe Telecom is now gearing up to offer the new Nano-SIMs in Globe Stores this September as it provides subscribers a new and better mobile experience.
The Nano-SIMs are new generation subscriber identity module (SIM) cards for the latest generation of smartphones and handsets running on the most modern mobile network technologies. Globe has ordered as much as 5x more Nano-SIMs than its regular SIM stocks, anticipating high customer demand when smartphones running on Nano-SIMs are offered in the market.
According to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the new Nano-SIM cards will be 40% smaller than the Micro-SIM, the smallest SIM card design to date, and will measure 12.3 millimeters wide, 8.8 millimeters high, and 0.67 millimeters thick.
“The Nano-SIM cards are packaged and distributed in a way that is backward- compatible with existing SIM cards. The new design will offer the same functionality as all current SIM cards,” added ETSI. “When Nano-SIM cards enter production, their size will free up room inside mobile phones for additional memory and larger batteries, helping phone vendors create thinner devices”, revealed Giesecke & Devrient, a global pioneering innovator that provides end-to-end solutions for identification systems and mobile security applications.
“Once again, Globe pioneers in bringing the latest technologies to Filipino mobile phone users as we offer the revolutionary Nano-SIMs in our Globe Stores with the availability of newer smartphone models using this type of SIM very soon. With the Nano-SIM and its stunning features and specifications, our smartphone experience will definitely be taken to another level,” said Martha Sazon, Head of Globe Postpaid.
The ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies.