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No MM water quota reduction yet

March 29, 2019

MANILA -- Metro Manila may still receive its full share of water heading into April and May – the warmest months in this area -- amid the drought-driving El Niño phenomenon's continuing onslaught.    National Water Resources Board (NWRB) executive director, Dr. Sevillo David Jr., said they will retain the prevailing above-normal allocation of Angat Dam water for Metro Manila until the rainy season's expected onset this June.     "I think that dam can continue providing (the same) water (allocation)," David said.    Retaining Angat's March 2019 water allocation of 48 cubic meters per second (cms) will help meet Metro Manila's water needs, he said.    He noted that Angat's prevailing allocation is higher than the 46 cms NWRB normally allocates for Metro Manila this time of the year.    Data from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) show that Angat Dam's reserve is dipping further as it continues to supply water to Metro Manila, as well as for irrigation.    Angat's 6 a.m. water level reached 196.70 meters on Friday, according to PAGASA hydrologist Richard Orendain.     "That dam can still very well provide Metro Manila with water up to June at 48 cms," he said on the sidelines of a forum in Quezon City.     Orendain said Angat Dam will supply less water for irrigation as harvest time in April nears.     Angat will not release irrigation water until May when land preparation activities begin for the next cropping season, he continued.     "Water saved while Angat is not irrigating can be used for Metro Manila," he noted.      Despite the El Niño, he said some rainfall can already be expected by May.      That means there's opportunity for Angat Dam's reserve to increase again so it can continue supplying Metro Manila after June, he said.    PAGASA is urging Angat Dam water users to practice water conservation so its water would be available for a longer period.     Ensuring longer availability is important as PAGASA said there may be a slight delay in the onset of this year's rainy season due to the El Niño.     The rainy season normally commences either late May or early June, noted PAGASA. (PNA)

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Globe Telecom guides schools on how to thrive in a digital environment at EduTech 2019

March 29, 2019

With the goal of helping Filipinos build a better life through learning opportunities, Globe Telecom joined the biggest education conference of the year where company experts shared knowledge on how schools can thrive and remain safe in a digital environment.    In her talk about 21st Century Learning at Edutech 2019, Grace Anduiza, Globe myBusiness head for Business Development and Service Delivery, underscored the need for institutions, teachers, and students to embrace digitalization in order to be future ready.   “Schools need to harmonize the learning environment with the digital world and create a more interactive experience for the current generation of students who prefer to do everything on mobile devices. At the same time, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is not only a powerful tool which helps students develop a global mindset and make them globally competitive but it also allows school administrators to manage resources more efficiently as well as streamline operations to reduce cost,” she said.   For instance, through centralized information that are kept securely online, administrators may access the school’s data whenever they need to, create reports and forms on the go, and speed up manual and time-consuming processes.    To promote digital learning and encourage collaboration among tech-savvy students, schools may also provide fast and reliable Internet connection campus-wide, affordable devices, and productivity tools that will allow students to create, share and edit files in real time.    Teachers, on the other hand, may innovate learning methods to improve student’s learning experience, customize their own teaching content by branding their courses and personalizing interface and lessons, and even allow students to submit homework and projects online.     Meanwhile, Miguel Bermundo, Head for Globe Citizenship, said that the company continues to promote 21st century learning through the Global Filipino Schools (GFS) Program which empowers public schools with ICT-trained teachers, new gadgets, and critical infrastructure to uplift the state of the country’s education and brighten the future of Filipino students.    As of end 2018, the program has expanded to all 17 Philippine regions, reaching 218 public schools and benefitting 331,241  students and 11,666 teachers.       Bermundo also imparted lessons on responsible digital citizenship which is necessary to ensure the online safety of students.       “With digitalization, Globe also sees the importance to educate the Filipino youth on the responsible use of technology, be it through gadgets, website browsing and interacting with social media platforms,” he said.    Through its Digital Thumbprint Program, Globe, offers four workshop modules for students in private and public high schools nationwide, namely: Digital Insight - provides activities for students to help discern proper online behavior; Digital Impact - tackles issues on technology’s impact on students’ social activities; Digital Discernment - teaches students to become critical thinkers when using the internet; and Digital Ambition - equips students with skills on how to use technology to help them achieve life goals.       Also at the EduTech event, Globe set up booths for participants to experience how various Globe myBusiness products and solutions can address the different needs of the schools.   To learn more about digital solutions for education, please visit:  https://mybusiness.globe.com.ph/education/

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USTP Innovation Summit hosts Power & Energy Forum

March 29, 2019

The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) will host a forum on power and energy today, March 29, 2019 at Cinema 2, SM Downtown Premier as part of USTP Innovation Summit.    “To all who have joined us in the power sector advocacies in the past two decades: “ How to improve the Power Industry in Mindanao--to attain a Clean, Affordable and Renewable Energy”, you are cordially invited to attend the forum at SM Downtown Premier Cinema tomorrow Friday at 9:00AM CDO City,” said Clint Django Pacana, USTP Presidential Assistant for Mindanao Affairs (PAMA). “Speakers from MORESCO1, MCPC, IPSEc, CEED, USTP Power Institute, SeoulTech-South Korea, and others will be there..”     Among the topics to be presented during the forum dubbed “Parallel Session 1: Energy, Industry and Emerging Technology Sector” are “Technology Innovation in Sustaining the Campaign for Energy Sufficiency” by Atty Avril de Torres, Center for Energy, Environment and Development; “Power Sector Innovation in Techno-Park Development” with Prof. Yong Ko, Adjunct Professor, Seoul Tech; and “Solar Pump” with Engr. David A. Tauli, President, Mindanao Coalition of Power Consumers.     The presentations will be followed by a round table discussion with Engr. Juvel Ubay-Ubay, General Manager of  MORESCO 1;  Engr. Casimero Borbon, ULRIC Solar Power Enterprises Corp.; and Atty Dionel O. Albina, as moderator.     The previous day’s session was highlighted by a Fireside Chat on “Creating an Innovation Mindset and Ecosystem” with Engr. Diosdado P. Banatao, Jr., venture capitalist from Silicon Valley and President, Philippine Development Foundation.     Banatao  is a Filipino-American entrepreneur and engineer working in the high-tech industry,credited with having developed the first 10-Mbit Ethernet CMOS with silicon coupler data-link control and trans receiver chip, the first system logic chip set for the PC-XT and the PC-AT,  and the local bus concept and the first Windows Graphics accelerator chip for personal computers.  A three-time start-up veteran, he co-founded Mostron, Chips and Technologies,  and S3 Graphics.     The USTP Innovation Summit with the theme “#USTPinnovation: The Game Changer for Sustainable Northern Mindanao”, aims to gain insights from key players in the innovation ecosystem and enable participants to widen their perspectives of the regional development plan, opportunities for innovation ecosystem, roadmap of technology business incubation in the Philippines, establishment of regional inclusive innovation center, technology of solar thermal in agri-food application, investment priorities in Northern Mindanao, and creating an innovative mindset and ecosystem,     The Summit will gather researching academics and students from various institutions, entrepreneurs, investors, industry senior executives, business development and other technical service providers all over Northern Mindanao in which some of them will speak on real insights into exploring current opportunities and challenges of leading technologies.    The Summit also allows faculty, students, and startup talents particularly from the USTP-CDO Digital Incubation Hub to showcase their research and extension service outputs as well as products and services.    Three parallel sessions will be held to accommodate three sectors: Power and Energy, Information and Communication Technology, and Food Innovation.     During the pitching completion, some local startup talents will pitch their technological and innovative ideas through research innovations, software development, multimedia creations and computer graphics during the parallel sessions.     Another highlight of the event is the signing of Memorandum of Agreement between USTP and potential industry partners. (with a report from Ismael N. Talili, USTP)

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