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Roberto Verzola, ‘Father of Philippine email,’ dies

May 07, 2020 - 7:47 AM

Other than information technology, he was also in the forefront in various advocacies, such as intellectual property rights, genetic engineering, election automation, and renewable energy back when hardly anyone else were talking about them

Negros Occidental launches first gov’t-run robotics center

Nov 21, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center or NOLITC breaks ground as the pioneering robotics center run by a local government unit

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (center) leads the launching of the provincial government’s robotics program in Bacolod City on Tuesday, November 19, with Melvin Matulac, founder of Pinoy Robot Games, and Ma. Cristina Orbecido, vocational school administrator./Marchel Espina photo

TESDA opens 175 technology scholarships for women

Jun 21, 2018 - 11:39 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Full scholarships in animation, game creation and web development are open to women ages 18 to 45 years old

Philippines' BPO industry sees slower annual growth of 9% until 2022

Sep 27, 2017 - 5:10 PM

Security risks in the Philippines, particularly the ongoing Marawi crisis, are causing headwinds in the business process outsourcing industry

SLOW BUT SUBSTANTIAL. The IT-BPO sector, a large and fast-growing industry in the country, expects slower growth in the next 6 years. Rappler graphics

BPOs worried Marawi crisis could hamper growth

Jul 09, 2017 - 11:00 PM

While there is still continued business confidence IBPAP says the crisis in Marawi City could hurt the BPO industry s growth projections if it drags on further

JOB CREATOR. The IT-BPM or BPO industry employed 1.2 million people in 2015. File photo of Teletech Cainta production floor from Wikipedia

IT teachers in Visayas undergo cybersecurity training

Jul 01, 2017 - 5:18 PM

The IT teachers will form a pool of trainers who will help students become less vulnerable to cyber attacks

CYBERSECURITY. Speakers Alfian Pamungkas Sakawiguna (center) and Kevin Wu (2nd from right) interact with teacher-trainees in between breaks. Photo by Marchel Espina

NMIT offers NZ$2,000 scholarship to int'l students

Jun 21, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Filipino students planning to enroll in Information Technology and Management programs are encouraged to apply for the scholarship

PLDT to outsource back-office IT to IBM

Mar 07, 2017 - 9:20 PM

PLDT chief Manuel V Pangilinan says he wants to ensure all or most of the 1 000 affected employees will be absorbed by IBM

CUT COSTS. 'Profitability has been reset to a lower level, reflecting the impact of the changes in the business, our customer base, and our organization,' PLDT chief Manuel V. Pangilinan says. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

DICT chief: BPO contracts will be respected

Oct 30, 2016 - 10:15 PM

Information and Communications Technology Secretary Rodolfo Salalima assures the BPO industry that it has full government support amid concerns over President Rodrigo Duterte s anti US rhetoric

Unisys signs P1.59-B civil registry upgrade project

Sep 30, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The PPP project will take 2 years to develop involving the construction of a new building and the development of a completely new IT system

MODERNIZATION. This will computerize the Philippine Statistics Authority’s civil registry operations and make such services available nationwide. Image from Shutterstock

Big data could be big business for PH – expert

Jul 10, 2016 - 9:15 PM

The projection is that 10 million jobs could be created in the big data space in the next 5 years says IT expert Henry Aguda

BPO industry eyeing 225,000 new jobs in 2016 – DOLE

Mar 15, 2016 - 2:16 PM

Emerging sectors such as healthcare outsourcing are buoying optimism that the industry will earn 25 billion this year

IT revolution crucial to seeing PH through growth crossroads

Mar 13, 2016 - 9:10 PM

A new study shows that the country has a rare window of opportunity to spur greater growth but it must focus on innovation

Pakistan's untapped resources empowered by e-commerce boom

Feb 28, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Traditional Pakistani products are now reaching a wider base as Internet access grows

TO GO WITH 'Pakistan-Economy-Internet-Commerce' FOCUS by Masroor GILANI This photograph taken on November 19, 2015 shows Pakistani employees of online marketplace company Kaymu at work in Karachi. Women are seeing the benefits, but e-commerce presents potentially an even greater opportunity for young people in a country where roughly two thirds of the population -- of around 200 million -- are estimated to be under the age of 30. A recent economic survey by the finance ministry singled out the challenges facing youth in Pakistan, including "limited job search expertise, a mismatch between education, aspirations and employers' requirements and a lack of mobility, among other factors". AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN / AFP / ASIF HASSAN

One-third of US tech 'innovators' are immigrants – study

Feb 25, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Researchers also find that women and US born minorities remain underrepresented in tech

Romualdez: Invest in tech to solve traffic, disaster woes

Jan 23, 2016 - 3:52 PM

Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez however does not mention specific programs he plans to push should he be elected senator

TECH TO THE RESCUE? Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez talks about his platform as senatorial candidate during Rappler's #TheLeaderIWantForum on January 20. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Real estate company ArthaLand expands to VisMin

Dec 21, 2015 - 12:12 PM

The green developer enters the IT BPM market

APEC 2015: Summit ends with looming trade deal competition

Nov 19, 2015 - 7:52 PM

The leaders declaration reiterates the need for an APEC wide free trade agreement

CONCLUDING. The leaders of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's (APEC) 21 economies discuss how to boost regional trade at the 2015 APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting held on Thursday, November 19, 2015.

Aquino: PH is an easy brand to sell

Oct 29, 2015 - 6:05 PM

But corruption and impunity make the task a challenge says the salesman in chief of the Philippines

President Benigno S. Aquino III tours and views the exhibit on the 17th Asia Pacific Retailers Convention and Exhibit (APRCE) at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City on Thursday (Oct 29, 2015). This year’s theme: “Asia Fast Forward”. Also in photo is Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo. (Photo by Rolando Mailo / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

DevCon is back for its 5th year

Oct 26, 2015 - 4:05 PM

The Philippines biggest developer conference is back with GoOpenSourcePH

The wRap Indonesia: Helicopter missing, scores dead in Turkey blast

Oct 12, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other top stories include the arrival of international aid to combat forest fires and a long term investment between Indonesia and PT Freeport Indonesia

INTERNATIONAL HELP. Malaysian aircrew members stand in front of the Bombardier 415 Superscooper aircraft as they arrive at Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin airport in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia to help combat forest fires. Photo by EPA

Student arrested for posting video on YouTube of cops accepting bribes

Oct 10, 2015 - 1:06 PM

Following the arrest people across Indonesia took to Twitter and Facebook condemning the district police via campaigns with hashtags like SaveAdlunFiqri

ARRESTED. Adlun Fiqri, center, was arrested by cops in Indonesia for alleged 'crime of slander' after he uploaded a bribery video online. Photo from Adlun's Facebook

Aquino hails Roxas' role in growing PH IT-BPM industry

Oct 07, 2015 - 12:14 AM

The care that he together with partners in the industry took in establishing and driving the growth of IT BPM in the Philippines resulted in an unparalleled boom the President says

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the 7th Annual International Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) Summit at the Ballroom A of the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Pasay City on Tuesday (October 06, 2015). With theme: “Harnessing Information, Powering Nations, Connecting the World.” The Summit is regarded as the premier platform for the stakeholders of the IT-BPM industry to explore trends, exchange insights and immerse in a rich networking experience. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

ASEAN integration opens PH to more BPOs

Oct 06, 2015 - 10:10 AM

But the country though lacks ASEAN language capabilities IT BPO Association of the Philippines officials say

OPPORTUNITIES. Officials of the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines say opportunities abound in the coming ASEAN integration, but constraints must be addressed to realize the benefits from such. Photo from International IT-BPM Summit Facebook page

Y4iT 2015: Slow yet expensive PH Internet 'not our fault'

Sep 16, 2015 - 5:27 PM

What are the reasons behind the Philippines slow Internet connection?

Youth Congress on Information Technology is back

Aug 15, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Are you a young techie?

PH IT-BPM industry to fill demand for health care outsourcing

Aug 05, 2015 - 5:20 PM

IT BPM leaders are working to develop a pool of talent to fill in the huge requirement for certified coders and clinical assistants

LEADING LIGHTS. Leading figures of the IT industry including IBPAP president Jose Mari Mercado (2nd from left) detail the direction they will take the industry in at the 2015 IT-BPM Summit pre-event conference. Photo by Chris Schnabel / Rappler

DOTC rolls out road transport IT project

Jul 30, 2015 - 3:45 PM

This is the 10th public private partnership PPP project of the transportation department that s being rolled out as it sets auction for more PPP deals

CLEAN UP. The IT project is seen to clean up the existing data of LTFRB and lessen the processing time for its transactions

Megaworld rides boom, builds 12 office towers in Fort Bonifacio

Jul 21, 2015 - 9:00 PM

The firm will double its total office space available by 2018 in an area that it says is becoming the de facto central business district

NEDA Board approves IT PPP project

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:59 AM

UPDATED The P1 16 billion public private partnership deal will computerize the Philippine Statistics Authority’s civil registry operations and make this available nationwide

FIRST IT. This is the first information technology project under the Philippines' public-private partnership thrust. Image from Shutterstock

PH IT-BPO sector expands 13.8%

Jun 27, 2015 - 7:49 PM

Contact centers were the top revenue earner in 2013 accounting for 8 4 billion or more than half of the industry’s total receipts

CONTINUED SURGE. All of its sub-sectors – which are animation, contact centers, transcription, software development and other BPOs – registered positive growth in profits in 2013. File photo by Rappler

BPO revenues to overtake OFW remittances in 2017 – IT expert

Jun 27, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Income from outsourcing industry was at 18 9 billion in 2014 and is expected to grow by 15 to 18 every year says Jose Mari Mercado president of the Information Technology Business Process Association of the Philippines

GROWTH. IT expert Jose Mari Mercado says during the Talent Development Expo on June 26, 2015, in Negros Occidental, that the information technology industry is growing by 15% to 18% a year. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Aquino invites Japan companies to bid for PH infra projects

Jun 04, 2015 - 11:26 PM

The Philippines as an investment destination is more attractive today than at any other point in our history President Aquino says

(TOKYO, Japan) President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his keynote speech during the Philippine Investment Forum organized by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan-Philippines Economic Cooperation Committee – Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JPECC-JCCI), Philippines Society of Japan (PSJ) and ASEAN-Japan Center (AJC) at the Tsuru West Room, Banquet Floor of the Hotel New Otani for his State Visit in Japan on Thursday (June 04, 2015). (Photo by Robert Vinas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

'PH to become a $1 trillion economy by 2029'

Apr 21, 2015 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED The IT BPO industry and remittances remain the drivers of growth for the country IHS Asia Pacific chief economist Rajiv Biswas says

UXMNL kicks off May 2015 summit, features Aussie industry experts

Apr 21, 2015 - 11:45 AM

If you work with a digital company or deal with Information Technology on a regular basis this conference is for you

Is PH ICT-ready? It's 76th in global rank

Apr 15, 2015 - 5:11 PM

The latest World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report shows the widening gap between the best and worst performing economies

India's top court upholds free speech on Internet

Mar 24, 2015 - 9:20 PM

India s Supreme Court says the 2009 amendment to the Information Technology Act known as section 66A is an unconstitutional curb on freedom of speech

FREE SPEECH. An Indian commuter stands as he browses the internet with his smartphone in Calcutta, India, 09 February 2015. Piyal Adhikary/EPA

Recto: Bill for new ICT dept passed by June

Mar 01, 2015 - 3:47 PM

Permits licenses land titles should now be electronically applied for processed and issued Let us leave to the MRT the exclusive franchise of organizing long lines says Senator Ralph Recto

NEW DEPARTMENT. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, chair of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, during a hearing on the proposal to reorganize DOTC by creating a Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). File photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/PRIB

Estonia aims to be a global e-commerce superpower

Nov 09, 2014 - 1:20 PM

Estonia hopes digital innovation will turn it into a global superpower in e commerce by offering foreigners e residency IDs and opening the door to doing business online throughout the European Union

Taavi Kotka, a former IT entrepreneur who now runs the project as Estonia's chief information officer presents the e-residency IDs project on July 4, 2014 in Tallinn. Raigo Pajula/AFP

IT-outsourcing industry in PH to hit $48B revenues by 2020

Oct 14, 2014 - 4:41 PM

The 25 billion revenue target in 2016 for the country’s information technology business process management is also likely to be achieved officials say

Apple to launch iPhone 6 in China from October 17

Sep 30, 2014 - 5:21 PM

The absence of China in the first round of sales is notable as Apple s 5s and 5c launch in the mainland occurred at the same time as other major markets last year

APPLE. An Apple logo at a computer store in China, January 15, 2014. Adrian Bradshaw/EPA

Jollibee #ChickenSad: A costly IT problem

Aug 13, 2014 - 2:24 PM

Jollibee is losing millions of pesos a day due to an IT problem that forced some of its stores to close Here are the possible causes of the problem and the lessons we can learn from it

NO FAVES AVAILABLE. Fast food giant Jollibee temporarily closed down 72 stores nationwide due to the limited availability of some of its main selling products like Chicken Joy and hamburger. File photo by Agence France-Presse

DOTC okays third bidder for P3-B LTO IT contract

Jun 23, 2014 - 12:10 PM

Initially disqualified the agency grants Avesco Sung Gwang s motion for reconsideration allowing the joint venture to bid for the controversial project

BIDDING NOW. The DOTC is now allowing bids for the controversial LTO-IT project, orginally at P8.2B but now has been divided into 2 components to entice more bidders. Image from the DOTC website

CHED lifts moratorium on business, HRM, IT courses

Jun 11, 2014 - 11:50 AM

Starting 2015 2016 qualified colleges will be allowed to open undergraduate and graduate programs in these 3 fields considering market uptrend and PH s lead in the IT BPO

Big opportunity for Southeast Asia IT industry

May 20, 2014 - 5:25 PM

Southeast Asia is quickly catching up with worldwide advances in information technology and enjoys strong growth and development in that sector

FAST FACTS: The World Economic Forum

May 13, 2014 - 11:47 PM

The Philippines is hosting this year s World Economic Forum on East Asia Here are some facts you need to know about the forum

US to relinquish key oversight role for Internet

Mar 15, 2014 - 8:29 AM

UPDATED The move marks the final phase of the privatization of the Internet domain system according to a statement from the US government

BPO expansion in provinces promotes inclusive growth

Sep 21, 2013 - 8:58 AM

Top locations where BPOs expand include Cebu Davao Regions 1 3 and Calabarzon

INCLUSIVE GROWTH. Outsourcing firms locating in the provinces promote inclusive growth, the industry association says. File photo by AFP

Google fund to develop French media websites launched

Sep 19, 2013 - 10:01 PM

Google settles a row with publishes who wanted money in exchange for linking to their content

Dell panel reiterates backing for founder's buyout

Mar 30, 2013 - 7:27 AM

A special committee set up by Dell backs the buyout of its founder Michael Dell