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Oro dads OK MOU with Gwangyang City for mutual exchanges

November 6, 2019

Mutual exchanges between the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Gwangyang in South Korea will take place soon. The City Council during its regular session Monday presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy enacted an ordinance authorizing Mayor Oscar Moreno to enter into and sign the Memorandum of Understanding for substantial exchanges with Gwangyang, which is a sister city. In his endorsement, Mayor Moreno said the collaboration further enhances the policy of the city to promote sisterhood with other local government units here and abroad which have been determined to be beneficial in the delivery of services to its constituents. Both cities have agreed to carry out cooperation in various fields to further promote friendly relations and jointly make efforts for improved friendship between both cities’ citizens and better economic development. Exchanges will be in various areas of local governance such as but not limited to economic trade and investment, education, culture and tourism for the promotion of friendly relations of the two cities and their people, said the city mayor. 

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Taiwan to feature cutting-edge ICT products, smart solutions in Davao City expo

November 4, 2019

TAIWAN Excellence, as one of the highlights of this year’s Taiwan Expo in Davao City, is featuring the cutting-edge technology of Taiwan particularly its outstanding information and communications technology (ICT) products and smart solutions. Visitors to the expo happening at the SMX Convention Center Davao (SM Lanang Premier) from November 8-9 are given the opportunity to experience a sneak peek into tomorrow's smart future with Taiwan's latest technology. Fifteen brands representing Taiwan’s ingenuity and excellence will be the highlight at Taiwan Excellence Pavilion at Booth #400. The Taiwan Excellence Pavilion at the expo will showcase the country's most elite, world-class brands in technology to Filipino buyers and industry traders, pressing its promotion of the “Taiwan Quality” to the global market. Among the featured companies in Taiwan Excellence Pavilion is GEOSAT Aerospace & Technology Inc. which will feature the application of Commercial Drone system in building Smart City in today’s lifestyle and a sneak peak of the innovative future ahead. Another brand to look for in the pavilion is Cal-Comp Technology (Philippines) which will showcase the exciting “AI Robot”. The much anticipated ICT brands of ASUS and ACER will also be among the featured brands at the Taiwan Excellence Pavilion.  The latest and highly advanced computer technologies of these two companies offer gamers and non-gamers alike a treat that they should not miss. Aside from high profile brands Taiwan Excellence will also hold a seminar entitled “Transform Cities with Technological Solutions from Taiwan” on November 8th, 1:30PM at Meeting Room 4.  Various topics from IoT applications, Modern Technology, Transportation and Smart Business solutions will be presented by four distinguished brands. Representatives from different brands welcome one-on-one interviews and business meetings to interested parties after the seminar and for the whole duration of the expo (Selrahco).

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From classroom to cockpit: Cebu Pacific welcomes second batch of Cadet Pilots

November 4, 2019

Search for next batch of Cebu Pacific Cadet Pilots opens A SECOND batch of Cadet Pilots from Cebu Pacific successfully completed 56 weeks of rigorous and complex training at the prestigious Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) in Australia and are set to join the pilot corps of the Philippines’ leading carrier. The second batch of 12 Cadet Pilots returned to Manila and will complete ground school and other requirements before becoming full-fledged commercial pilots. They are: Neil Mark Enriquez, David Jonathan Francisco, Norman Viktor Tugot Jr., Orville Anana, Maria Angelica Ignes, Jerson Leonardo, Michelle Jean Saquing, Christian Andrew Esguerra, Kert Rafols, Terence Cruz, Tristan Gacott, and Ferdyn Ranosa Among those who completed the FTA flight training program is Boljoon, Cebu resident Orville Anana, a certified civil engineer and master plumber who graduated from the Cebu Institute of Technology. Another newly-pinned cadet pilot is Karl Nino Dionson, a native of Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur who earned a degree in electronics and communication engineering from the University of San Carlos. The Cebu Pacific Cadet Pilot Program aims to enable aspiring Filipinos who wish to become commercial pilots. It is a "study now, pay later, zero-interest" training program wherein Cebu Pacific shoulders the entire cost of the pilot training and guarantees employment to cadet pilots who successfully complete the training. To date, there are five batches comprised of 71 Cebu Pacific Cadet Pilots currently at FTA in Adelaide, Australia, one of the best aviation training facilities in the world. Coinciding with the homecoming of the cadet pilots is the search for a new batch of Cebu Pacific Cadet Pilots. Application period for Batch 9 of the Cebu Pacific Cadet Pilot program will run from November 4 to 13, 2019. The program is open to Filipino citizens who hold a college or university degree and are proficient in English. Applicants must have an average grade of at least 80% or its equivalent in subjects related to Math, Physics and English, and be in good physical condition. They must hold a passport with minimum validity of two years There is no application fee for the program, and only applicants who pass the online pre-screening will proceed with the next stages of the selection process. Interested applicants may apply for the program through https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JWFMS5G . For more information, visit http://www.flyfta.com/pilot-training/cebu-pacific-cadet-program.

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Diwata-2 marks anniversary with demo of localized technologies and applications

November 4, 2019

QUEZON City, Philippines--"Translating knowledge into local technologies and applications” was the chosen theme for the simple celebration marking the first anniversary of Diwata-2 in space, which was held at the University of the Philippines Diliman Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP-EEEI) on October 29, 2019.   Diwata-2 is a 50-kilogram Earth observation microsatellite built by a team from the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) and the Advanced Science and Technology Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ASTI), in cooperation with Tohoku University and Hokkaido University in Japan. It was successfully deployed into 600 km Sun-Synchronous Orbit on October 29, 2018. Development of the microsatellite began under the research program, “Development of the Philippines Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite (PHL-Microsat)” and was completed under the “Space Technology & Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space)” program, which continues to operate the microsatellite along with its predecessor, Diwata-1. Both programs are funded by the DOST Grants-in-Aid (DOST-GIA) and monitored by DOST’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD). It is the Philippines’ third satellite sent to space, following the 50 kg. Microsatellite Diwata-1 (deployed to space April 27, 2016) and the 1 kg nanosatellite Maya-1 (deployed on June 29, 2018). As a “science satellite” built in an academic environment, Diwata-2 is primarily intended to conduct scientific measurements and experiments for environmental assessment and monitoring, which can be carried out by its on-board cameras. In its first year in space, Diwata-2 has acquired images covering 46.06% of the Philippines, which are being distributed in the website http://www.phl-microsat.upd.edu.ph. Current registered users on the website have reached over 800, which span researchers, academic institutions, government, non-profit organizations, industry groups and the general public. Diwata-2 also carries an amateur radio unit (ARU), which can be used by amateur radio hobbyists and first responders as an alternative means of communication during disasters. The ARU payload has seen increasing uptake from various users, with ham radio enthusiasts actively posting and sharing their experiences with Diwata-2 in social media and online platforms. The STAMINA4Space team continues to conduct outreach activities to further promote the use of the Diwata-2 ARU.     Key messages delivered by (clockwise from top) UP-EEEI Director Director Dr. Michael Pedrasa, current DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Rowena Guevara (middle) and former Undersecretary Dr. Amelia Guevara (rightmost), DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit, and STAMINA4Space PHL-50 Project Leader Dr. Marc Talampas. In her opening message, DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Rowena Guevara said, “The event’s theme, ‘Translating knowledge to local technologies and applications’ captures what the team has been doing since then,” and later added, “We hope to continue this momentum by fostering more local and international linkages and choosing more skilled and passionate researchers in this field in paving the way for future satellites, not only future Diwatas but possibly even more sophisticated satellites that bear the names of more Philippine icons that can proudly symbolize how far the Filipino stamp of ingenuity and innovation can take us.” The researchers’ presentations aimed to show just that, which STAMINA4Space PHL-50 Project Leader Dr. Marc Talampas afterwards summarized in numbers: 13, the number of satellites that are either in orbit, in the lab as engineering models, or under development nurtured by Filipino hands; 46.06%, the percentage of Philippine land area Diwata-2 has captured; 672, the number of screws that had to be checked after every vibration test during Diwata-2’s development (an example of meticulous engineering rigor needed); 3, the “trinity of vision” — light source, object, and detector (basic principles that Diwata-2’s optical payloads operate under); and 101 — for Philippines-Oscar 101 (PO-101), which was designated by AMSAT to Diwata-2’s ARU on April 11 this year.   Morning presentations from (left to right): STAMINA4Space Diwata-2 Project Manager and head of DOST-ASTI’s Solutions and Services Engineering Division Embedded Systems Group Engr. Gerwin Guba on developing Diwata-2, STAMINA4Space OPTIKAL Project Chief Science Research Specialist Dr. Atchong Hilario on payload development and local partners, and STAMINA4Space STeP-UP Embedded Systems Engineer Mary Ann Constante on the Amateur Radio Satellite Station and satellite communications. Guided tours of the University Laboratory for Small Satellite and Space Engineering Systems (ULyS3ES) facility were also opened to the public in the afternoon to interactively showcase the technologies on-board the microsatellite, as well as the localization efforts being made by the STAMINA4Space Program’s different project teams. Over 40 people were accommodated, including grade school to college students, faculty members from some Metro Manila schools, and general STEM enthusiasts. STAMINA4Space Optical Payload Technology, In-Depth Knowledge Acquisition and Localization (OPTIKAL) Project Leader Dr. Maricor Soriano weighed in on what she believes is the most important output of the continuous development of satellites like Diwata-2.   Some of the demo stations showing (from left to right) the OPTIKAL team’s payload development, the PHL-50 team’s gamified Star Tracker demo, STeP-UP scholars showing how Maya-1 works, GRASPED researchers discussing Diwata data applications, and the PEDRO ground receiving station operations streaming live from DOST-ASTI. “More than having our own satellite, I would like to emphasize that what’s more important… ay hindi iyung satellite — it’s the people. Kasi po pag marunong gumawa ng kahit ano itong ating team, kahit ano pa iyung ipagawa mo sa kanila, kaya nila. It’s really the investing in the people na ang pinakaimportante na output nitong program na ito,” she said. STAMINA4Space Program Leader and DOST-ASTI Acting Director Dr. Joel Marciano, Jr. also highlighted the importance of space technology research in developing people, data and industry, representing three innovation thrusts of the STAMINA4Space program. “If we don’t start and sustain this, we will forever be consumers of technology and data provided by other countries,” he said, and offered perspectives on how space technology can feed into the local innovation ecosystem. “We aim to derive economic benefits from space — getting data, building electronics and instruments that can feed into industry through differentiated products and services, training people like the young people that you see here — so that we are not continuously left behind. The future lies in getting data and information from wherever we can get it (and) that includes the strategic vantage point of space.”

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Globe Issues Public Advisory

October 31, 2019

PUBLIC ADVISORY   OCTOBER 29, 2019   In view of the earthquake which hit Mindanao this morning, Globe sets up Libreng Tawag and Libreng Charging centers to help affected residents with their communication needs. The stations are located at two towns near the epicenter of the earthquake, namely: Kidapawan City Hall  Starts October 29, 9 am - 6 pm Tulunan Municipal Hall Starts October 30, 10:30 am - 6 pm   More free call and charging stations will be put up as the need arises.   ### For more information, please contact: Yoly C. Crisanto SVP, Corporate Communications Globe Telecom, Inc. Email Address: gtcorpcomm@globe.com.ph Globe Press Room: globe.com.ph/about-us/newsroom Twitter: @talk2GLOBE │ Facebook: www.facebook.com/globeph  

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Fourth strong quake in Cotabao Province hammers Eva's hotel in Kidapawan City

October 31, 2019

BREAKING NEWS! MDN Breaking News Mindanao - A fourth strong quake that occured 9:05am today hammers one of the biggest hotels in Kidapawan City and many hotel crew and transients trapped inside the hotel are feared dead. Police authorities and members of the local cdrrmc are still conducting investigation to the extent of damage in the hotel as well as on human lives. The Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs) in its website reported that the 6.5 magnitude quake's epicenter was again recorded in Tulunan, North Cotabato  Based on video footages, Eva's Hotel in Kidapawan City nearly collapse and people are now advised to refrain from going near the five story hotel as it may further collapse if after shocks would also follow. Governor EmmyLou Taliño-Mendoza told reporters there were also 9-12 inches long cracks seen in some roads in North Cotabato as a result of the latest quakes that hammered the province and its neighboring provinces in Mindanao. Barangay Chairman Benjie Bangot was found dead by residents beneath the rubble of a barangay hall in Makilala town. EARLIER QUAKES Five people died after two powerful tremors hit Mindanao registering magnitude 6.6 and an aftershock of magnitude 6.1 a few hours later. The quake's epicenter was identified by government authorities in Tulunan, Cotabato. Based on reports from various reliable sources, large part of Mindanao was affected by the tremblor, with five reported dead, more than a dozen injured and millions of damage to properties. Those damaged properties are either owned by the government such as school buildings, government offices, among others - or privately-owned business firms and homes built by construction firms. In Cagayan de Oro City, some elementary schools were suspended as a result of the strong quake. Many buildings and hotels were also closed temporarily for the day, to give way to the City Building Official (OBO) inspection team to conduct evaluations especially on the newest skyscrapers in the city. The entrance of one of the biggest BPO companies, Teleperformance, situated just beside Centrio Ayala Mall cracked. The management of said local firm has to suspend work hours of their employees for safety and precautionary measures.  In Digos City, one was reported dead. City Mayor Josef Cagas identified the victim as a certain Jeremy. In Valencia City, Bukidnon, cracks were also seen in the newest mall, Robinsons. The management has yet to issue statements regarding the cracks found by residents. In Arakan town, Cotabato, two persons were reported dead after rolling rocks reportedly ran them over. The victims were identified as Angel Andy, 22 and his 7-year-old son. Andy's two-year-old son was also reported injured. In Tulunan, the quake's epicenter, the mayor of said town has identified one person who died as Marichel Morla of barangay Banayal. Daig Elementary School in Tulunan town also collapsed resulting to the injury of three elementary pupils.  A few months ago, Cotabato Province was also hit by a magnitude 5.1 tremor and four persons have died.   PUBLIC ADVISORY In view of the earthquake which hit Mindanao this morning, Globe sets up Libreng Tawag and Libreng Charging centers to help affected residents with their communication needs. The stations are located at two towns near the epicenter of the earthquake, namely: Kidapawan City Hall  Starts October 29, 9 am - 6 pm Tulunan Municipal Hall Starts October 30, 10:30 am - 6 pm   More free call and charging stations will be put up as the need arises.   ### For more information, please contact: Yoly C. Crisanto SVP, Corporate Communications Globe Telecom, Inc. Email Address: gtcorpcomm@globe.com.ph Globe Press Room: globe.com.ph/about-us/newsroom Twitter: @talk2GLOBE │ Facebook: www.facebook.com/globeph

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