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Dipolog cable firm sued for piracy of Avengers movie

April 29, 2019

DIPOLOG City -- A cable TV company here is being sued for the alleged illegal airing of the highly anticipated movie, “Avengers: Endgame”, with some millennials angrily taking to Facebook to denounce the company dishing out the ultimate “spoiler.”     A day after the “premier” showing of the movie on Wednesday, Orient Cable and Telecommunications, Inc. aired “Avengers: Endgame”, prompting the operators of Teatro de Dapitan -- an authorized movie house for the Avengers movie -- to complain to the local police.     After Teatro de Dapitan's lawyers went to the police to record the incident Thursday, Orient Cable stopped airing the movie and replaced it with another old but pirated version of “Captain Barbel”.     “We are filing a case against Orient Cable, definitely,” said lawyer Chembeelyn Alpeche-Balucan, who represented Teatro de Dapitan.     Local millennial moviegoers took to Facebook to register their ire on Orient Cable.     “Spoiler alert: Orient Cable where TF did you get the link?” a millennial calling himself “Vince Youngblood” posted on Facebook.     A student of Multimedia Studies at the University of the Philippines Open University also noted, “This act is a huge violation of the law and a huge disrespect of the film Industry.”     The student said Orient Cable has apparently violated three laws, Republic Act 8293 (RA) or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines, RA 10088 or the Anti-Camcording Act of 2010, and RA 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.     “Orient Cable, hunnie, you are part of the TV and Film industry. Clearly, you know how that business works. This stunt you’re pulling off supports piracy. Do you need an education about that? If you’re earning from your watch time, you’re stealing other people’s years of work and selling it for clout in such a bad light,” the student said in her post.     The management of Orient Cable has remained silent on the issue and declined to issue a statement when visited by reporters Friday. (PNA)

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DOLE-10 partners with gov’t, private orgs for Labor Day celeb

April 29, 2019

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) here partnered with government and private companies in Region 10 to ensure the success of the 117th Labor Day celebration in the region on May 1.     DOLE-10 inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Monday with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), City Government of Cagayan de Oro, Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), ABS-CBN Corporation, Limketkai and Sons, Inc., and PLDT Philcom to strengthen cooperation on the conduct of 2019 Labor Day job and business fair.     Under the MOU, DOLE-10 will supervise and monitor the job and business fair while DTI-10 will bring the entrepreneurial culture in the local industry by advocating jobseekers entrepreneurial and business opportunities through a livelihood and business fair.     TESDA-10 will conduct a free TVET enrollment and put up skills demo during the labor day job fair while the City Government of Cagayan de Oro will provide logistic assistance by designing strategies for smooth delivery of employment services.      The Police Regional Office will ensure public safety and provide support services in case of emergencies.     The advocacy and information dissemination of the job and business fair will be provided by both PIA and ABS-CBN.     On the other hand, Limketkai and Sons Inc. will provide the venue for the 2019 Labor Day activities in Cagayan de Oro while PLDT Philcom will serve as the internet service provider during the job and business fair.     Signing the MOU were DOLE-10 Director Joffrey Suyao, TESDA-10 Director Tarhata Mapandi, PIA-10 Director Erlinda Olivia Tiu, Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno, DTI-10 Senior Trade Specialist Maricris Gabia, PCol. Reynaldo Asis Padulla of PNP-10, Rizaldy Pajo of PLDT Philcom, May Lynn Cainhog of ABS-CBN Northern Mindanao, and Lawyer Ann Abbu of Limketkai Center.     Suyao said Labor Day, one of the biggest activities of DOLE every year, is being celebrated by the department through the Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan (TNK) convergence program.     DOLE partners with local government units, private institutions, and other government agencies to ensure the success of every job fair.     Meanwhile, Moreno cited the convergence program as an example of teamwork and harmony in the community.     He said Labor Day is a special day as it highlights the labor sector.      “The growth of the country is influenced by the strength and capacity of the labor sector, the stronger the labor sector, the bigger the economy,” he added. (APB/PIA10)

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Suzuki PH Welcomes New President Akira Utsumi

April 29, 2019

Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH) formally introduced their incoming new president Akira Utsumi at an intimate gathering with members of the media. The event also served as a farewell party for SPH’s current president Hiroshi Suzuki, as he is set to officially turn over the reins of the company to Utsumi at the end of the month.       Mr. Utsumi holds a General Manager position at Suzuki Motor Corp. (SMC) Japan and has previously handled various markets globally. Prior to his appointment to the Philippines, he was assigned as the president of Suzuki Indonesia and most recently, of Suzuki Taiwan. His extensive work experience in the automotive, motorcycle and marine industry will be a valuable asset in Suzuki’s drive to continually grow the brand in the Philippines.     “My term as president of SPH will end on April 30, 2019. I shall thereafter, return to Japan to assume another position with SMC Japan. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude for your steadfast support during my tenure in the Philippines and the warm friendship that I will bring with me as I move to new endeavors. Please join me in extending our warm welcome and utmost support, as Mr. Utsumi assumes his new role in SPH” said Hiroshi Suzuki.

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NPC to probe hacking of Cebu Pacific app server

April 29, 2019

THE National Privacy Commission (NPC) is set to investigate the hacking of Cebu Pacific’s GetGo rewards application server which occurred on Thursday.     Cebu Pacific has sent its preliminary notification of an unauthorized breach of its website’s database in compliance with the NPC notification requirement within 72 hours upon discovery of the breach.     “In the notification, the company’s data protection officer (DPO) Randall Evangelista said the extent and nature of the breach is still being determined,” Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro said in a media statement on Thursday.     The Privacy Commission has directed the Cebu Pacific’s DPO to assess if there is a need to inform affected data subjects about the breach, along with specific precautions and other measures they may take to protect themselves, after which they must also report to NPC's complaints and investigation team on Friday.     Meanwhile, NPC media relations officer Joe Vizcarra told the Philippine News Agency that Cebu Pacific is given five days to submit a full report of the hacking incident after the preliminary notification before it conducts a formal investigation.     “In case we determined any significant instances that would warrant an investigation or if they don’t follow breach reporting protocols, then that’s the time we will shift to formal investigation,” Vizcarra said in a text message.     GetGo is CEB's rewards program, wherein purchases and flights let customers earn points that can be used for flights.     Cebu Pacific temporarily disabled log-ins using GetGo credentials to the carrier's website and mobile app.     Both the website and mobile app remain secure while the credit card information was not stored on the GetGo server. (PNA)

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Ayala committed to digital transformation across group

April 29, 2019

AYALA Corporation’s Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala has announced that the company is undergoing a massive transformation to aggressively ramp up the digitalization of its companies.     During the company’s 2019 Annual Stockholders’ Meeting held last week,  Zobel elaborated on some key components of this digitalization strategy, such as exploring new business models and opportunities, bolder and more deliberate venture capital spending, and leveraging data and analytics, among others.      Today, Ayala has already gained a foothold in fintech, e-commerce, logistics, industrial technologies, and health tech, and plans to invest substantially in tech innovations globally to help bring the country at par with the rest of the digital world.     “We have started to participate in digital businesses that we believe are disruptive. These investments are designed to complement our group’s traditional brick-and-mortar operations, future-proof our existing portfolio, and broaden the digital experience of Filipinos. We spend significant time studying other markets that are in the advanced stages of digital maturity and we have teams constantly looking at emerging trends and technologies. Absorbing and learning from these experiences, we have become more deliberate in our own digital transformation journey and have elevated it into a group-wide strategic agenda,” said Zobel.     In fintech, Ayala is the country’s clear leader today with both GCash and Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) providing leading solutions to more Filipinos. GCash, which is recognized as the number 1 mobile wallet in the Philippines and number 5 in the region, is a micropayment service that transforms the mobile phone into a virtual wallet for secure, fast, and convenient money transfers. It is operated by Mynt, a partnership among Globe Telecom (Globe), Ayala Corporation, and Ant Financial that provides innovative and first-in-world fintech solutions to consumers, merchants, and organizations.      GCash currently has 20 million users and more than 58,000 QR-enabled merchants in the country. By December 2018, there were 35 GCash-enabled sites, including all 31 Ayala Malls nationwide and other Ayala Land (ALI) retail centers.      It has also launched GCredit, GSave, and Invest Money as part of its commitment to provide financial services to its growing, digitally-savvy base.      For its part, BPI’s new Mobile app has 1.6 million downloads and ranks number 1 in the Apple App Store and number 4 in the Google Play Store.      Total active BPI Online and BPI Mobile users also grew by 16.3% in 2018.      In total, BPI serves over 54,000 merchants (including Global Payments merchants). It continues to ramp up its microfinance arm, BanKo, which has provided over P4 billion worth of loans over the last three years to nearly 56,000 entrepreneurs.      It has over 200 branches nationwide and is set to release a BanKo mobile wallet app soon.     BPI and GCash continue to complement each other to make financial services more convenient and accessible, and are poised to introduce even more technology offerings and services in the coming months.      Over the past three years, the Ayala group has invested over P18.5 billion to further its fintech capabilities and aspirations.     In e-commerce and logistics, Ayala is quickly becoming a major player. Among Ayala’s earliest digital investments was ZALORA Philippines, an e-commerce fashion retail platform that capped off 2018 with over 100 million page views for the first time in its seven-year history and over seven million mobile app downloads.      In October 2018, Ayala spun off ZALORA’s in-house logistics capabilities into Entrego, now the country’s fastest growing Courier, Express and Parcel provider with 54 distribution hubs nationwide.     In health tech, AC Health pioneered the country's first digital health portfolio to provide Filipinos with seamless and integrated healthcare services.      Through Vigos Health Technologies, AC Health developed an in-house Electronic Medical Record and Clinic Information System called Vigos EMR.      It also launched a digital corporate health platform called Vigos Care which allows AC Health’s patients to access all their healthcare needs from their phones.      In addition, the company has also invested in AIDE, a digital home health platform, and MedGrocer, an online pharmacy that delivers right to the customer’s doorstep.     AC Health's digital portfolio will serve more than one million lives by 2020.     In its biggest commitment to digitalization to date, Ayala and its affiliates have announced plans to launch a new venture capital fund, with at least $150 million, to invest globally in new technologies that can complement their business activities.      With this new fund, Ayala seeks to focus on startups in their early growth stage and support tech innovations in data and analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, fintech, automation, real estate, retail, transport, energy, water, health and wellness, and food.      Ayala, ALI, BPI, Globe, AC Energy and other selected invited investors have committed to raise this fund, which will be managed by Kickstart Ventures Inc. (Kickstart).      Kickstart is the corporate venture capital subsidiary of Globe with investment decisions overseen by senior Ayala group executives. It has invested in 39 digital startups in seven different countries since 2012.      This fund is the largest effort of its kind in the Philippines, and the first conglomerate-wide strategic venture capital fund in the country.     Through digital transformation, Ayala is harnessing the power of technology as it remains fully committed to reinventing its businesses to help bridge societal gaps, make a lasting and meaningful impact on society, and help improve Filipino lives.

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The faculty of Bright Light Learning Academy

April 29, 2019

iLearn Educational Intervention and Therapy Center, which has been operational since 2013, will establish the Bright Light Learning Academy and start accepting enrollees from nursery to kindergarten levels starting this June.     With a staff of nine teachers, Bright Light Learning Academy is marked as an inclusive school i.e. it caters not just to clients of iLearn Education Intervention and Therapy Center but also to the general public. According to owner Bambi Alegrado, Bright Light Learning Academy is conceived to offer quality education by integrating researched and milestone-based teaching styles from proven effective approaches.     With its address located along Masterson Avenue, Bright Light Learning Academy is an offshoot of iLearn Education Intervention and Therapy Center which is the only facility in Northern Mindanao to offer the Orton-Gillingham Approach.     Alegrado herself is a holder of three certificates in speech therapy, preschool reading and math and advanced math intervention from MSL Singapore. She now has a total of eight occupational therapists, three visiting speech pathologists and one resident speech pathologist under her fold. From a facility that first offered reading intervention, iLearn has slowly extended its offerings through the years – occupational therapy, speech therapy, preschool reading and math intervention and advanced math intervention.      The story of iLearn Educational Intervention and Therapy Center is also an inspiration of known events organizer and PR specialist Betsy Alano. For a few, Betsy has been a single mom raising a daughter with intellectual disability. Ena Victoria, her daughter who is soon turning 18, had a rough time getting the services she needed in the Philippines.     According to Betsy, their situation had made everyday life harder: What a typical person perceives as an annoyance can feel like an assault to them. They learned to adapt but somewhere underneath lies a feeling of not quite belonging. Now at 40, Betsy and her daughter have moved to the United States -and now working as a behavioral therapist specializing in applied behavior analysis.     It’s a method that is proven in helping children with autism spectrum disorder. Her daughter is now attending a special education school and is getting all the needed services for free in the US.

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