Cebu startup powers digital tourism in Albay

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TRAVEL to the many attractions of Albay, from Mayon Volcano with its near perfect cone to Spanish period churches and other centuries-old structures, has been made easier with the launch of a mobile app that serves as a handy guide to the province.
The app was built by Cebu-based journalism startup InnoPub Media, in collaboration with the Albay Provincial Government, and wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart). Albay Guide is a comprehensive travel app that can be downloaded on iOS, Android, and Windows phones and other mobile devices.
“Mobile plays a key role in travel. A study by Google and Ipsos MediaCT showed phones are used throughout the travel process – from getting travel inspiration to planning, booking, experiencing and even post traveling – with 67% of leisure travelers and 78% of business travelers using smartphones,” said InnoPub co-founder Marlen Limpag, “Our phones do not just keep us connected during our trips, they are our cameras, boarding passes, portable media players and, in our Digital Tourism program, travel guides.”
The app lists such Albay destinations as the Cagsawa Ruins, Lidong National Park, Mayon Skyline and Mayon Resthouse, Misibis Bay Resort, Lignon Hill Nature Park, Vera Falls, Kawa-Kawa Hill, Embarcadero de Legazpi, and Danao Lake and provides information useful to visitors, such as detailed instructions on getting to the sites and the many activities they can do when they arrive.
 “Albay is one of the most beautiful provinces in the Philippines. It has been cited by international tour organizations as the best destination in Southeast Asia,” said Albay Gov. Joey Salceda.
Intrigued by Mayon Volcano’s perfect cone? The Albay Guide gives you the many ways you can enjoy Mayon.
Whether it is just to know the best spots to view or take a photo of Mayon or get up close and personal through an ATV Ride along the volcano’s lava trail, the Albay Guide is your best bet for information on these activities.
“We’re excited to have this opportunity to bring our digital tourism program to Albay in collaboration with our partners. The province has been a long time partner for various initiatives like disaster preparedness. Aside from enriching people’s travel experiences, digital tourism also opens up opportunities for local communities and businesses,” said Ramon R. Isberto, Smart public affairs group head.
Albay’s beauty, according to Salceda, is not limited to its natural assets. He said the province is also rich in arts and cultural heritage, citing its man-made citadels and monuments, a culinarian that showcases the best in food and thrilling innovations in fine dining, and ladies who have been winning beauty pageants around the world.
“With Albay’s 7.1 percent share in foreign tourists and expanding number of domestic visitors, Smart’s Digital Tourism program will further fortify the province’s position in a highly competitive tourism industry,” said the governor.
The free Albay Guide app and digital markers on top destinations will lead to greater customer satisfaction through easily accessible tourism information and result in more repeat visitors, he added.
“Digital Tourism will boost our product positioning and brand franchising of unique iconic features like Mayon Volcano and Cagsawa Ruins and such unforgettable engagements as the Mayon ATV. It will also fortify our positioning as ecotourism, cultural, and culinary destinations,” Salceda also said.
Also provided in the mobile app are details on travel to Abay’s ancient churches and other heritage monuments, the best places to sample local fares like Bicol Express, pinangat, and sili ice cream, the best pasalubong and where to buy them, hotels and accommodations, as well the top things to do in the province.
The Albay Guide is one component of Smart’s digital tourism program launched in the historic and majestic Our Lady of the Gate Church in Daraga, Albay last April 10.
“It is a unique launching place: it is on top of Santa Maria Hill, in front of the centuries-old baroque church, overlooking the center of Albay, and under the shadows of the Majestic Mayon Volcano. How nice it would be to unveil a technological wonder so close to the clouds yet firmly grounded on the natural wonders of Albay,” said Salceda.
Interactive markers will also be deployed on special sites like churches, plazas, and monuments to provide visitors more information on Albay’s rich historical heritage.
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Native Advertisement..

Social Media brought about change in almost all aspect of our life, and one sector that chance much is in the field of advertisement. One form of Ad is gaining traction is Native Advertising.

Wikipedia says “Native advertising is an online advertising method in which the advertiser attempts to gain attention by providing content in the context of the user’s experience. Native ad formats match both the form and function of the user experience in which they are placed. The advertiser’s intent is to make the paid advertising feel less intrusive and thus increase the likelihood users will click on it. The word “native” is used to refer to the formatting of the advertising materials to make them appear more consistent with other media in the recipient’s universe.”

The Ad does not directly sells you the product, but rather appeal to your emotions, makes you fell good  and makes you hit that share button.

It doesn’t even need superstar to be in the advertisement, just ordinary people with real story.

Coca Cola creative team is very good in crafting Native Ads.

Here is the latest from Coke;

The main ingredient is meaningful inspiring content that is worth sharing.  And if your inspired go ahead share it.

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Globe Project 1 Phone: A Call for Good

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Technological changes in the field of telecommunications are happening in a rapid pace.    Continuous popularity of social networking sites, the high demand for mobile browsing, and the availability of very affordable communications gadgets encourage more people to replace or upgrade their mobile phones almost yearly.

             With this development, old gadgets often end up abandoned or worse, thrown into the trash together with drained phone batteries and broken chargers.  These obsolete and unwanted electronic and electrical devices add up to millions of metric tons of e-waste disposed worldwide every year which cause toxic metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and beryllium to be released into the air and seep into the ground and waterways.

             To combat the dumping of e-waste and promote stronger social and environmental practices, leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom is embarking on the biggest and most ambitious mobile recycling program in the Philippines.  Dubbed as Project 1 Phone, it is designed to create awareness on proper e-waste disposal and to promote sustainability.

             “Globe is not only dedicated to growing its business but is also committed to addressing environmental concerns and promoting human health amidst the fast growth of this high-tech industry.  Being a communications provider, Globe takes responsibility in educating the people on how to dispose their old mobile devices and computers as well as end-of-life mobile battery packs and chargers in the best way possible,” said Yoly Crisanto, Senior Vice President of Globe Corporate Communications.

              By donating unused, non-working, or damaged phones and tablets, mobile phone batteries, and even personal computers to the campaign, each Filipino would be able to do his share in minimizing not only the environmental impact of e-waste but also counter its harmful effects on health such as skin diseases and possible damage to vital organs and the skeletal system.

Globe also makes it easy for its customers and other stakeholders to participate in the drive by providing donation bins in participating Globe Stores in various parts of the country (for the complete list, please visit the Globe Telecom website http://www.globe.com.ph/project1phone).

Schools, corporations, local government units, and other private and non-government organizations may also participate in the program by adopting recycle bins.  Interested parties may email Globe at bridgecom@globe.com.ph.

All devices and accessories that Globe will gather shall be turned over to TES-AMM, a leading electronics waste recycler which will take responsibility for at end-of-life products to ensure that they are managed responsibly.

TES-AMM will, likewise, work on recovering precious metals and plastics from the recycled gadgets.  Globe has committed to build at least 40 school buildings in the province of Aklan and proceeds of Project 1 Phone will be used to add to the said number since hundreds of classrooms are still needed in the area.

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When Guards Don’t Know What a Guide Dog Is.

A Video of a guy with a dog denied entry to a Mall went viral on social media.

At first i thought he was a Visually  Impaired with a guide dog, the mall guards barred him from entering the mall for it has a “No Pets Allowed” policy.

Looking the the video the man was so agitated but the dog keeps its calm an indicative of a very well trained dog.

I copied the video and re-uploaded it in my Youtube Channel  and shared it in my Social Media Channel.

Then a Friend Corrected me

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So i made some research which lead me to this letter;

 

Letter from Mark Cohen. 
cc:TeamHUKAD 

Hello all, For your information, this is the chronological dialogue that I’ve been having with the management of Robinson’s Mall. I appreciate their kind consideration. 

My message to Robinsons:

My name is Mark Cohen. Director of The International Institute for Assistance Dog Training I am a medically-certified Person with a Disability and have a neurological disorder which necessitates my having an Assistance Dog to mitigate that disability. I am not blind, I can drive a car, but do have variant symptoms similar to epilepsy, Parkinsonism, and sensitivity to changes in the environment such as temperature and intensity of light. At one moment I can have a blood pressure measurement of 180/120 and 10 minutes later 70/40, resulting in syncope. I have learnt to live with my disability, do take medication in a compliant manner, and would be unable to function if I did not have my certified Assistance Dog “Happy” as my companion.

On August 17th I was denied access to the Robinsons Mall in Dumaguete when I was with my certified Assistance Dog “Happy”. The security guards employed by Robinsons Mall called the Police claiming I was “disturbing the peace”. The Police took me to the Police station in handcuffs, and later released me without charging me with any offense. The Republic Acts 7227 and 9442, and Batas Pambansa Blg. 344, which are laws of the Government of the Philippines, do in fact allow me access with my Assistance Dog to your mall and to any public place or mode of transport.

The International Institute for Assistance Dog Training is an informal volunteer non-profit organization that strives to teach professionals, students and families how to train dogs to be Assistance Dogs for People with a Disability. We freely distribute information explaining the tasks and benefits of Assistance Dogs, and attempt as best we can to help to educate the public regarding national and international access laws for medically-certified Persons with a Disability that have certified Assistance Dogs or Guide Dogs that have been specifically trained to mitigate their disability.

We are currently producing a documentary on Rights of Access to Public Places and Transportation by People with a Disability (PWD) who have the need of an Assistance Dog to mitigate their disability. Since 2004 we have covered the countries of Canada, the U.S., Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Israel, Ecuador, Colombia and Chile, and are currently producing in the Philippines. I’m preparing some documentation for you.

On Monday August 25th you can visit my website, Facebook pages, and YouTube channel, all containing photos, videos, interviews, documentation with excerpts from the laws of the Philippines and other countries, as well as international laws that all protect the rights of access for Persons with a Disability in the presence of their certified Assistance Dogs.

I won’t visit the mall again until I’ve spoken with you at your convenience, and when you’ve had time to review all the documentation and videos. I want to work with you to make my next visit to your mall a very positive event for Robinsons Mall, Persons with a Disability, and the citizens of the Philippines in general.

I arrived in the Philippines Thursday August 14th. I plan to retire here, and am very happy to be here. I have lived in many countries in Asia, South and Central America, the Middle east and North America, and the Philippines is my favorite. Thanks in advance for your kind consideration.

Any questions or concerns please let me know. Please say hello the security guard Wiley for me. He’s a really nice guy.

Mark Cohen Globe: +63 9179 611 134 Smart: +63 9184 524 213 Email: mcohen.iiadt@gmail.com

 

I had sent an email to Robinson’s for their reaction, I am yet to received a reply.

 

robi

 

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Mayor Paz Radaza STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS 2014

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STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS 2014

August 27, 2014 – 9:00AM

Hoops Dome, Lapu-Lapu City

Former Congressman Arturo O. Radaza

Congresswoman Aileen C. Radaza

Vice-Mayor Marcial A. Ycong and the City Councilors

Barangay Captains and Barangay Officials

Department Heads and Fellow Government Workers

Teachers

Students

Distinguished Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

Good Morning!

 

Lapu-Lapu: The Historic Resort City is no doubt one of the fastest growing places in Cebu.

 

Investments are not just coming in, they are knocking on our door daily.

 

Investor confidence and economic growth did not just happen overnight.

 

When I assumed office, I endeavoured to reach out to the business community.

 

I extended my hands in partnership.

 

I did not just tell them that I will work hard to create a favorable investment climate.

 

I did not just assure them that my administration will espouse good governance and accountability.

 

I did not just promise them that I will serve the Oponganons well.

 

I did the best thing that I knew I could do. I walked the talk.

 

It is to my view  that we must go back to the basics and that is to serve the people.

 

There is no other clear mandate that you, the Oponganons, have given me except to be a servant-leader.

 

This is the legacy that I want to leave behind as I enter the last part of my second term.

 

I want to instill a culture where investor confidence is paramount.

 

I want to create a favorable condition of inclusive growth for the Oponganons.

 

I want to institutionalize good governance and accountability in City Hall.

 

Today, allow me to give you the state of the city.

 

I will lay down the work we have done together and will continue to do until 2016.

 

These are the initiatives that  we have started and the progress and development that our city is experiencing under the principles of servant-leadership.

There is no progress and development, no matter how big or small,  if it is not done in the right manner, if it is not done through good governance and accountability.

 

As my administration journeys into the last part of my second term I will continue to zealously follow the process, observe the rule of law and keep in mind the needs of our people.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the state of the City

 

ECONOMIC GROWTH

 

We will soon have a resort-like airport.

 

Megawide-GMRC is pouring in 17.5 billion pesos to construct the country’s iconic airport.

 

Big companies like Ayala, SM and many of our country’s taipans have set foot on our soil.

 

Megaworld’s initial investment in Mactan Newtown was 20 billion pesos but the favorable business climate we have created prompted them to increase it to 10 billion more making their investment reach 30 billion pesos.

 

When I first became mayor in 2010, four years ago, I included in my personal list of priorities to provide this city a favorable investment climate.

 

I want investors, big and small, to trust my administration and to pour in their investments here so that jobs will be created and my fellow Oponganons will benefit from a favorable economic climate.

 

I am happy to tell you that last year, we have seen our economy grow even more.

There are now over 11,000 businesses in the city this year an increase by 60 percent from last year.

The inflow of investments are akin to a stamp of approval, not just, by big investors but by small and medium enterprises or SMEs – on how this city is run.

 

White Sands Resort and Spa, a locally-owned property has added 35 more rooms.

 

A day ago, they announced a 50 million peso major face lift.

 

Last year, a third Gaisano Mall was opened and hired over 300 Lapu-Lapu City residents.

 

In barangay Basak, rose the first Outlet Mall in the Visayas-Mindanao region developed by Aboitizland.

In my previous State of the City Address, I challenged the City Treasurer’s Office to raise the target collection to a level never tried before.

Indeed, they heeded my call.

They have, for the first time, raised their target to 36 percent compared to their previous and usual 10 percent target year-on-year.

 

They were able to achieve it and even exceeded their target by five percent.

 

To the City Treasurer’s Office thank you for believing that we can do it.

 

That we can get out of our comfort zone and serve our people better.

In the early days of my first term, I announced that the city must have an annual budget of one billion pesos.

 

And to achieve it, I focused on these important things.

 

Increase investor confidence by embracing good governance  and accountability, practice servant-leadership and instill transparency.

 

My strategy has paid off, not only SMEs and big investors are coming in droves, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority or MCIAA have started to pay what is due to the  city.

 

To date MCIAA has paid almost 200 million pesos in taxes.

 

To be exact 191 million, 845 thousand, 556 pesos and 27 centavos.

 

Of the entire amount 74 million will go the city, 32 million will go to the barangays that are hosting the airport, 76 million to Special Education Fund and 8 million to the city’s trust fund.

 

Thank you MCIAA for paying your taxes. Rest assured, I will make sure your taxes will be well spent.

EDUCATION

 

In my second term inaugural speech I said we have reduced the classroom shortage by 30 percent in my first term in office.

 

I made a challenged that we bring it down to 50 percent by 2016.

As of 2013, the backlog hit a high of  468.

 

On the same year in 2013, we constructed 131 classrooms, reducing the shortage to 337.

 

We could have actually solved the backlog if not for the increased in enrolment and the institutionalization of kindergarten classes.

 

The shortage would have just been 9 classrooms in 2014 since we planned to construct 88 more.

 

While we are making great efforts in building more classrooms, I am proud to inform you that our teachers and students have been doing their share in improving our school division’s academic performance.

Records show our National Achievement Test Rate and  division rate is increasing at five percent per annum starting from school year 2011 to 2013.

 

One of the basic necessities of our students that need to be addressed is the presence of functional Comfort Rooms.

 

The standard ratio for a  CR to student is 1 is to 50 for girls and 1 is to 100 for boys.

It is worthy to note that all our public schools here in the city has an above average CR to student ratio.

 

I am also happy to tell you that in our public schools, the number of  teachers per student is well within standard.

 

In fact we have more than enough teachers in our public school system.

 

We have even increased the Additional Compensatory Allowance (ACA) of teachers, school administrator and education program supervisor by 100 percent.

CITY COLLEGE

Since the establishment of our Lapu-Lapu City College, we have achieved numerous accomplishments.

We have seen a steady increase in our enrollees. We now have over a thousand college students.

We have completed the new City College Building in Timpolok, Gun-ob.

 

It now houses the College of Education occupying 15 classrooms serving 655 education students.

On March of this year, we produced our first 177 Baccalaureate Degree Holders.

 

88 from the College of Education, 62 from Industrial Technology, and 27 from Hospitality Management.

 

 

On June of this year, our City College was granted authority by the CHED to offer BSED major in English, Filipino, and MAPEH and BEED with specialization in Early Childhood Education and General Education.

 

I am aware that many are wary of the quality of education we are producing in the city college.

 

Fellow Oponganons, there is no need for you to worry.

 

All our hired teachers are qualified and board passers.

 

We even hired part time District Supervisors to handle major subjects.

At the start of the first semester of 2014-2015, close to 75% of the faculty members have doctoral  or masteral degree.

 

Our professors have substantial experience in the academe.

 

To ensure a high quality of education we are also planning to purchase additional computers and IT equipment for the Computer Laboratory

ROADS, DRAINAGE AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURES

 

To keep pace with progress and development, I mentioned in my second inaugural address that we have to undertake roadworks in key arteries of the city because the  city aims to attract more tourists and investors.

 

We must give importance to the basic infrastructure like roads.

Being a highly urbanized city with a fast increasing number of new business establishments, I have seen to it that our city roads are well maintained.

 

Since 2012 until today, we have repaired and concreted a total of almost 26 kilometers of various city roads here.

 

To give you an idea of the length of the city roads that we have concreted, if joined together, the 26 kilometers of road traverses one loop from Hoopsdome  to Pusok to the circumferential road and back to Hoopsdome and ends further at Mepz 1.

 

To date, 70 percent of our city roads have been repaired and concreted.

 

The road concreting in Basak has been receiving various complaints from our people due to traffic congestion but let me tell you that this national road works is in preparation for the APEC Summit next year where we are among the host cities.

According to the DPWH, the project is more than halfway from being completed.

 

If the weather permits, the contractor will be able to complete the road concreting by next month or early October, way ahead of schedule.

I call on all of my fellow Oponganons to please bear with the inconvenience that this national project has brought us.

 

Today, I am proud to show you on screen the roads that have been concreted. (show powerpoint here)

There are other ONGOING ROAD CONCRETING PROJECTS too: (show photos here)

 

  1. Concreting of Buaya-Bankal Road & Concreting of Bankal-Pajac Road
  2. Concreting of Timpolok Road
  3. Concreting of Fuentes-Pajac road
  4. Completion of Concreting of Mahayahay-Bankal Road
  5. Concreting of Pajac-Maribago Road (Phase II)
  6. Concreting of Basak-Agus Road (Phase II)
  7. Concreting of Buaya access road leading to MCR




The ongoing concreting, a total of 3.9 kilometers is approximately half the stretch from Poblacion to Marigondon.

 

For this year alone, in addition to the ongoing road construction, we will be repairing and concreting 11 more roads.

 

These are the following:

 

  1.  Concreting of Buaya-Pajac Aviation Road (Phase III)
  2.  Concreting of Talima Road (Phase II)
  3.  Concreting of Casanta Mactan Road
  4.  Asphalt Overlay of Jorge Tampus, Basak Road
  5.  Asphalt Overlay of City Hall Road Network (Phase I)
  6.  Asphalt Overlay of Plaridel Street
  7.  Concreting of Cadagsao Road, Talima
  8.  Concreting of Looc-Locatha Road (Phase II)
  9.  Concreting of Mustang Road (Phase III)
  10.  Concreting of Malinao Road, Agus
  11.  Concreting of Agus Road going to Agus Elementary School

 

The following 11 roads will total 6.7 kilometers which is approximately the entire stretch from Poblacion to barangay Marigondon.

 

We will be completing the construction of four covered courts here in the city namely:

 

  1.   Tingo Covered Court (Phase II)
  2.   Buaya Covered Court (Phase II)
  3.   Pusok Covered Court (Phase II), and
  4.   Talima Covered Court

 

TRAFFIC PLAN

Once we have completed the ongoing road projects, we will push through with the appointment of a Traffic Czar who will study our traffic situation and come up with strategic solutions to finally address the problem of  traffic congestion in our city.

 

I made this promise in my Inaugural Address last year. And I vow to keep it.

 

DRAINAGE FACILITY

We have identified barangay Basak to be the lowest point where flooding is prone during heavy rains.

We have completed the 1.2 kilometer-parallel drainage facility that we installed in George Tampus Street.

One of the main causes of flooding in the area is the clogged drainage system because of improper disposal of garbage from the residential houses along the area.

That is why the city has conducted an annual drainage cleanup to declog our drainage system.

 

Since then, we haven’t experienced heavy flooding in Basak.

 

The clean-up effort and the cooperation of the people in Basak have proven to be an effective way to fight flood.

We have also installed a drainage system along Bankal and Pajac road.

Just recently, the city completed the installation of drainage line along S. Osmeña Street.

Soon, we will install another drainage facility in the Aviation Road near TPI Homes subdivision.

 

I know this has been a major concern for our people who pass by the area due to the constant stagnant water.

 

Soon, we will also be implementing in Basak the Expansion of Sewerage Treatment Plant.

 

We will be constructing two Sewerage Treatment Plants in barangays Buaya and Poblacion.

 

These facilities will ensure that all our waste water will be safe for disposal and without contaminants.

SOCIAL WELFARE

 

While we give emphasis on the importance of education to our children, my administration has also prioritized their well-being.

Our City Social Welfare and Development has been very active in upholding basic human rights.

74 percent of our day care centers here in the City were able to pass the accreditation conducted by the Regional Accreditation in compliance with the minimum standard set by the DSWD.

The city wants to make sure that our children are provided the needed support during their development years.

Through our annual Alay-Lakad, we have supported 138 out of school youth and through the Alay-Lakad scholarship they have earned their course in Electronics, Mechanical Technology, and Information Technology.

Since 2002, the city has partnered with NORFIL Foundation, Inc., a non-government organization taking care of abandoned and abused children, for the implementation of the Foster Care Program in which the city provided 500,000 pesos for financial assistance annually.

 

Just recently, during the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the NORFIL FOundation, our city was given an award in Quezon City in recognition for our continuous support for the abandoned and neglected children through the Foster Care Program.

We have inaugurated the Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center (STAC) last May and now operations  is in full blast.

 

The STAC offers Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Special Education, and Psychosocial Rehabilitation to 0-14 year old children with disabilities (CWDs) here in the city.

 

To date, the facility has already served 454 CWDs.

Our STAC facility has complied with the accessibility law and was in fact praised by a team from the DILG Region 7.

We have employed 31 persons with disabilities in the city government and helped four others land a job in the private sector.

Our PWDs here are definitely productive individuals.

Last year, the city government extended cash gifts worth 1,000 pesos to all our registered PWDs.

 

We have continuously given cash gifts to Senior Citizen increasing it from 1,000 pesos to 1,500 last year.

 

URBAN POOR

 

For our informal settlers who are still trying to acquire a permanent place they can call home, the city has allocated the amount of 11.1 million pesos for lot acquisitions.

SPORTS

 

No doubt, we have already created a mark and established our city in the sports tourism map.

The city’s three consecutive years of hosting the biggest triathlon event in the country, Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines is more than enough to prove it.

To push it further, the Ironman organizers expressed their desire have Lapu-Lapu City host this international sporting event for another three more years.

Our hosting last year was ranked as the 2nd best among all the Ironman events in the world with a score of 97.60.

This year, we even made it grander, considering the increased inn the number of participating triathletes.

Instead of the 25,000 well-wishers that we deployed along the race route last year, we increased it to 29,000 this year.

We used the four-color pattern of our newly launched City Brand “Lapu-Lapu: The Historic Resort City” in the 240 colorful vintas that sailed near the swim course.

We are not only making head way in hosting international sporting events.

 

We are also dominating in some sporting event.

 

If you remember, during our 52nd Charter Day, we awarded an Oponganon youth in the name of John Rex “Dandoy” Tongco for winning an international longboarding competition.

Just recently, his life story was featured in the longest running drama anthology, Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) on ABS-CBN.

This young man has inspired our city to construct a Skate Park at the side of this Hoops Dome.

 

My administration is providing them a safe venue to push their wheels to success, pursue their passion and veer them away from illegal drugs and vices.

70 percent of the skate park is already completed.

This facility will further boost our sports tourism.

Just this month, Dandoy with two other group members dominated the long boarding competition in Indonesia garnering 3 spots among the 4 championship ranks.

For the first time, our city sent a delegation in the Philippine National games held last May 16-20, 2014 at the Philippines Sports Commission, Metro Manila.

 

In our first participation, we proudly brought home a total of 10 medals in both the Arnis and Athletics events.

 

For Arnis we won 1 gold, 4 silvers and 3 bronze medals while for Athletics we won 1 silver and 1 bronze.

 

Among the 19 divisions that competed in the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVIRAA), Lapu-Lapu City Division ranked 5th.

 

This is a welcome development in our journey as a sports tourism hub and in our effort to develop our grassroots sports program.

In support of sports and in support of our grassroots sports program, let me here and now declare Hoops Dome as the center for indoor games in the city.

 

The vacant spaces in this facility will soon house nine indoor games complete with sporting equipment.

PEACE AND ORDER

 

The presence of crime is sometimes said to be determinant on how progressive a city is.

 

But such should not be made an excuse to have  problematic peace and order.

During the installation of our new Lapu-Lapu City Police Director, Police Senior Superintendent Armando Radoc, I have given orders to focus on the rampant cases of illegal drugs here in the city.

And so far he and the rest of the police force have not failed me and the city.

In the first half of this year, they were able to arrest 147 persons involved in  illegal drugs.

 

This is due to their continuous efforts to conduct buy-bust operations and raids in the interior areas.

 

Out of the 147 arrests,  145 have already been filed in court.

This serves as a warning to those who are engaged in illegal drugs to pack their things and leave before our police will put you behind bars.

Another win in our effort to maintain peace and order is the issuance of an en banc resolution by the Supreme Court dated July 8, 2014 to implement Republic Act No. 10578 or the Creation of Two Additional Branches of Municipal Trial Courts here in Lapu-Lapu.

 

The creation of these courts will help fast track cases filed here.

Due to the increasing number of local and foreign tourists, we have increased our tourist police this year by 30 percent from 69 personnel in 2012 to 90 tourist police personnel.

 

My administration has given all the support needed for our Police Office to function effectively.

Our Police Community Relations conducted seminars on Gangsterism in all public schools June of this year and cyberpornography to all our Pantawid Program beneficiaries.

 

The Lapu-Lapu City Police Office is one of the few police offices being visited by two PNP directors in 2013.

 

Both commended our Police headquarters.

 

According to them, we are the number one police office in the entire country in terms of administrative aspect.

 

STREET LIGHTING

A dark city street breeds criminality and I want to eradicate it.

 

I want our city to be well lighted at night so you will feel safe and our tourists will feel secure.

My administration is embarking on a street lighting program that will light up Lapu-Lapu City.

 

There is a budget of 5 million pesos and it is up for public bidding.

 

We will install 139 sets of environment-friendly LED lights along M.L. Quezon Highway starting from the old bridge down to Gate 1 of MEPZ.

 

It will also include the vicinity of City Hall.

 

If you noticed, we now have bright lights in the areas that I have mentioned. We will have it transferred to the other parts of the city that need it.

 

Let there be light so that we will have a safe and secure environment.

ENVIRONMENT

 

Protecting our environment has been one of the programs that I consider important in my administration.

On that unfortunate night on August 16, 2013 when MV St. Thomas Aquinas and MV Sulpicio Express Siete collided near Talisay City resulting in the loss of lives, it also created a massive oil spill that affected our marine biodiversity and the livelihood of many of our people in the coastal areas.

Our City Environment and Natural Resources Office and NERVE center immediately created an improvised spill boom we called “chorizo”.

 

We installed it along the coast line to protect our shores and our people’s livelihood. We also placed it in the resorts to prevent a tourism disaster.

The collective effort of over 10,000 volunteers during the clean up drive due to the oil spill greatly helped in preventing serious damage in our seas and in our tourism sector.

While we are doing our share to protect our environment, some dared abused it.

Early this year, we were shocked one day to see a picture of our coral reef  vandalised. It made it to the front page of a local newspaper.

 

The picture was taken in one of our famous dive spots, the Kontiki wall.

Right away, the city gathered the tourism stakeholders, dive shops operators, and divers for a covenant signing to protect our underwater treasures.

The hashtag “I commit” campaign was created and launched on social media to educate tourists and our fellow Oponganons the importance of preserving our marine assets.

Since we rely on our seas for tourism and livelihood, we must protect it at all cost.

 

HEALTH

 

Looking after the overall health of our people is a crucial task for us in government.

 

That is why, I made sure we provide our fellow Oponganons all the needed health care.

For so many years, our city has been consistent in having the lowest malnutrition rate.

 

This is due to our continuous hunger mitigation program of distributing rice and milk supplementation to all our malnourished children.

 

We are the only city in the whole Central Visayas that consistently has the lowest malnutrition rate since 2006-2014 at a rate of 1.28%.

 

This is due to the following:

 

  1. Distribution of one kilogram of rice per day for 120 days to all malnourished children.
  2. Distribution of milk to all identified malnourished children.
  3. Vitamin A, Ferrous Sulfate supplementation to all children, six to 72 months.
  4. Supplemental feeding to all preschoolers.
  5. Micronutrient supplementation to all pregnant and lactating mothers.






In the whole Central Visayas, our city has  the highest immunization penetration rate for ages 0 to 12 month-old.

 

In the first half of 2013, our city recorded 278 cases of dengue.

 

This year, it is down by 37 percent with no death reported.

 

We have been a recipient of a 10 million pesos for health facility enhancement program by DOH allowing us to upgrade our hospital in Barangay Sta. Rosa to a Level 1 Hospital.

We received a  500,000 pesos grant form DOH-CHD for our STI/HIV-AIDS program.

We were given an “Unsung Heroes” Award by DOH Manila last July due to our response to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban and Ormoc.

 

To provide our fellow Oponganons with easy access to good health, the city has allocated eight million pesos for the Health Insurance of our Indigent Families.

 

CITY HOSPITAL

 

We have purchased a new x-ray machine in our City Hospital and it has already served over 3,000 people.

Our city has  a complete set of equipment to perform CBC, Urinalysis, Stool Analysis, and Blood Chem.

 

We have already performed around 40,000 laboratory examinations.

 

To enhanced our medical services further we purchased a new Laboratory Microscope.

We have refurbished our Pediatric, Obstetrics and Gynecology Wards with the aim of maintaining a rank of level 1 for our city hospital.

 

This year alone, we have served 22 thousand in-patient.

 

For our OUT-PATIENT SERVICES we have conducted around 60 thousand medical consultation, 11 thousand dental consultations.

 

We have also performed a total of 36 thousand laboratory examinations.

 

Our city has allocated funds to further improved the Health Facilities in Sta. Rosa Hospital and its health centers.

 

LIVELIHOOD

 

To date, our kababayen-an now has more than 14 thousand members with combined asset of almost 10 million pesos.

Thirteen thousand individuals were given skills training by our City Cooperative and Livelihood Resource Center.

My fellow Oponganon’s, today I stand proud for what I have accomplished…with what we have accomplished as a people.

 

WE ARE ALMOST THERE….

 

I said this when the idea of branding the city was just being conceptualised.

 

Now I can proudly say after over a year of hard work,  WE HAVE DONE IT.

 

We’ve launched our city brand “LAPU-LAPU: THE HISTORIC RESORT CITY”.

 

We are the only city in Cebu and maybe in the rest of the Visayas that have branded itself.

 

The city brand will tell the world who we are, what this city will become and how we would like this city to be in the future.

 

We aim to lure more tourists and investors with our new brand. We aim to invite more creative minds to live in our place. We aim to instill the culture of tourism where world class service and amenities will be the norm.

 

In the next few months the city brand will become even clearer to all of you and to the rest of the world.

 

The branding of our city will be our guiding post to create a Lapu-Lapu that is a cut above the rest, a city that we will all be proud of.

 

To my fellow Oponganons,  let me tell you this, TOGETHER WE WILL GET THERE!

 

Let us all join hands as we journey on to June 30, 2016.

On that day, I will proudly look all of you straight in the eye and say, I have given you a legacy of investors’ confidence, inclusive growth, good governance, and accountability.

 

Thank you.

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TechTalks.ph: the group behind ‘Geeks on a Beach’

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Come August 21 and 22, some of the biggest names of the tech and startup world from Silicon Valley, Singapore, South Korea and other parts of the world will be coming over to Cebu for the Geeks on a Beach (GOAB) tech and startup conference.

First held in Boracay Island September of last year, GOAB is made possible by the efforts of lead organizer TechTalks.ph, a non-profit business organization providing training and networking for Philippine tech entrepreneurs and startups.

TechTalks.ph was founded in November 2010 by Tina Amper, a high tech researcher and marketer who returned to the Philippines after years of experience in Silicon Valley.

Today, the tech group boasts of over a thousand members who are mostly IT professionals, software developers, designers, business people, and even students and academics, with chapters in Cebu, Bohol, Davao, Cagayan de oro, Manila, and total of 9 other cities in the Philippines.

TechTalks.ph has organized several activities from informal meetings over coffee, tech workshops and startup competitions with the aim of sparking more interest in innovation-driven enterprises that are more commonly known as startups.

One of these is the “Startup Weekend” workshop, a 54-hour event where participants brainstorm tech products with the help of local tech and entrepreneurial leaders.

“All these activities are in line with TechTalks.ph’s goal of developing the local scene to become more conducive for startups and at the same time encouraging more people to become skilled professionals in the IT industry,” said TechTalks.ph founder Tina Amper.

In its second year, Geeks on a Beach promises to bring more select expert-speakers, new activities, and additional networking opportunities. Majority of the startup community in the whole country are once again expected to grace this one of a kind international tech conference.

“We will continue to live up to GOAB’s motto trademark motto of ‘work hard, play harder’ with the laidback discussions and fun parties. But we are also making sure that the content won’t be overshadowed by the party atmosphere,” said Amper.

“We will highlight the successes and challenges facing the Philippine startup ecosystem and what we need to do more to further promote more Filipino startup successes,” added Amper.

Dave Overton, founder of Symph, a Cebu-based design and development studio and Co-founder of TechTalks.ph, said that GOAB will help budding startups reach their way to success through skills trainings, mentoring, and networking for resources and access to capital.

“There are an overwhelming number of talented Filipinos but we still need to improve on their knowhow of building their great ideas into successful companies,” said Overton.

TechTalks.ph is optimistic about setting the foundation for the growth of startup communities all over the Philippines. TechTalks.ph events are not about raising awareness but also help cultivate business skills that are needed by tech entrepreneurs to launch successful startups.

Over 300 startup founders, tech entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts from 17 countries attended last year’s GOAB. The same number of participants is expected to join this year’s event.

GOAB is organized by TechTalks.ph, co-organized by the DOST-ICTO, co-presented by the IdeaSpace, SMART DevNet, and SMART Bro,  powered by Sym.ph, branding by HappyGaraje, and PR and event management by PRWorks.

The event is made possible by Official Accommodation Partner Airbnb, Official Sea Travel Partner 2GO Travel, official e-ticketing by Eventbrite, Platinum Sponsors are Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, Gold Sponsor Coins.ph, Silver Sponsors are Island Souvenirs, Infocomm Investments, and Sky Cable, Bronze Sponsors are Kickstart Ventures, Alquemie Partners, Silicon Valley Science & Technology Advisory Council, Ng Khai Dev’t Corp, Arcanys, Freelancer, Caresharing, and ChangeCoin.

It is supported by Plug and Play Tech Center, Mynimo, Crowd Sourcing Week, Kuyi Mobile, Dranix, Prifoods, GT Cosmetics, Balamban Liempo, Cliptec, Pascual Laboratories, and Istorya.net.

The GOAB Institutional Partners are the Philippine Software industry Association, BGn, NICP, Cebu Business Incubator for IT, Cebu Education Dev’t Foundation for IT, Game Developers Association of the Philippines, DCOM, and DevCon.

The media partners are Asian Journal Publications, Balikbayan Magazine, E27, SunStar, Cebu Daily News, TechInAsia, WebGeek, NewsDesk Asia, InnoPub Media, iNew Media, Alcordo Advertising, Third Team Media, Our Awesome Planet, Zero Three Two, Vigattin Radio, TenMinutes.ph, Pinoy Great Deals, Crowdsourcing Week, Everything Cebu, Innovation is Everywhere, Stuff Magazine, and Geeks in Cambodia.

For more information on registration and accommodations, visit http://www.geeksonabeach.com,follow them on Twitter and Facebook @geeksonabeach.com, or email hello@geeksonabeach.com.

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Join the Geeks on Beach speed dating event for startups

Due to popular demand, the organizers of the Geeks on a Beach (GOAB) are offering a speed dating event for startups during the international tech event which will be held in a 5-star resort-hotel in Mactan Island this August 21 and 22.

“The GOAB speed dating will involve 10 startup teams meeting quickly with 10 investors and mentors such as

           Earl Valencia, President of IdeaSpace.ph (of Smart Communications) and Khailee Ng of 500 startups

for five minutes each,” said Tina Amper, founder of TechTalks.ph which is the event’s lead organizer.

“The event offers a brief opportunity for startups or innovation-driven enterprises (IDE) to pitch their business for investment or mentorship opportunities as well as for investors to find investment prospects,” said Amper.

“This is in line with the Geeks on a Beach motto ‘work hard play harder’ which mean we’ll be mixing serious sessions on significant tech issues with some fun,” she added.

Startups from all over the country with existing products and services are encouraged to apply for the speed dating event during the Geeks on a Beach confab. Ten (10) lucky startups will be selected.

Applications can be submitted until August 12. Winning teams will be announced on August 13. The 10 selected startups will get 10 pairs of free 2Go boat travel vouchers (Manila-Cebu or Bohol-Cebu round-trip) and a 25 percent discount on GOAB registration fee.

According to Amper, the speed dating activity is just one of many fun happenings during the Geeks on a Beach confab, including laidback discussions and fun networking parties amidst sumptuous Cebuano food and the pristine beaches of Mactan.

Building on the successful first staging in Boracay September last year, Geeks on a Beach promises to be better and more productive with select expert-speakers, new and more exciting activities, and additional networking opportunities.

Personalities gracing GOAB this year include prominent IT and startup personalities from Silicon Valley, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and other parts of the world. 

They include Charles A. Lim, Executive Vice President, Head for Wireless Consumer Business Smart Communications, 500 Startup venture partner Khailee Ng, Dolphin Browser VP of int’l business and dev’t Edith Yeung, e27 co-founder and CEO Mohan Belani, Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Office (DOST-ICTO) deputy executive director Mon Ibrahim, Rappler Chief Editor Maria Ressa, and Gwendolyn Tan of TechinAsia.
Also speaking are World Startup Report founder Bowei Gai, IdeaSpace President Earl Valencia, Kickstart Ventures President Minette Navarette, Singapore-based IMJ Investment Partners Director Koichi Saito, Amarit Charoenphan of HUBBA Thailand, Richard Min of Fashion Tech Incubator South Korea, and Paul Pajo of SMART DevNet.

GOAB will also feature Paul Rivera of Kalibrr, Stephen Jagger of PayrollHero.com, Jay Fajardo of Roofcamp Launchgarage, Jason Torres of Proudcloud, Creative Director Patrick Cabral, Designer, Camy Francisco-Cabral, Jack Madrid of Openovate Labs, John Dang and Chow Paredes of ZipMatch.com, Oliver Segovia of AVA, Rico Sta Cruz Open-source Developer and Janette Toral of DigitalFilipino.com.

GOAB is organized by TechTalks.ph, co-presented by the IdeaSpace, SMART, and SMART Bro, co-organized by the DOST-ICTO, powered by Sym.ph, branding by HappyGaraje, and PR and event management by PRWorks. Platinum sponsors are Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, Official Accommodation Partner is Airbnb, E-Ticketing Pratner is Eventbrite, 2GO as official sea travel partner, silver sponsors are Islands Souvenirs, Infocomm Investments and Sky Cable, Bronze Sponsors, STAC-Silicon Valley, Alquemie Partners, Kickstart Ventures, NG Khai Development Corporation, Arcanys, Freelancer and Caresharing. Institutional partners are PSIA, Brain Gain Network, NICP, CebuInIT, CEDF-IT, GDAP, DCOM and DevCon. Media partners are Asian Journal Publications, Balikbayan Magazine, E27, SunStar, Cebu Daily News, TechInAsia, WebGeek, NewsDesk Asia, InnoPub Media, iNew Media, Alcordo Advertising, Third Team Media, Our Awesome Planet, Zero Three Two, Vigattin Radio, TenMinutes.ph, Pinoy Great Deals, Crowdsourcing Week, Everything Cebu, Innovation is Everywhere, Stuff Magazine, and Geeks in Cambodia. GOAB is supported by Plug and Play Tech Center, Mynimo, Kuyi Mobile, GT Cosmetics, Balamban Liempo, Cliptec, Pascual Laboratories, Dranix, Prifoods, and Istorya.net.

For more information on registration and accommodations, visit http://www.geeksonabeach.com, follow them on Twitter and Facebook @geeksonabeach.com, or email hello@geeksonabeach.com.

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Easy Taxi offers ‘Zero Booking Fee’ promo this August

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Easy Taxi, the world’s largest taxi booking app, is offering a “Zero Booking Fee” promo for taxi passengers in Cebu and Manila starting August 4 until September 4.

 

Easy Taxi allows users to book a cab using their mobile phones. The app also allows users to live track their cab’s whereabouts from the convenience of their home or office.

 

With the “Zero Booking Fee” promo, this service can be availed by taxi passengers and only pay the metered bill. The promo is available for subscribers from all mobile networks.

 

This is a sequel to Easy Taxi’s ‘Rainy Day’ promo which offered a P40 booking fee – P30 off its original fixed fee of P70 – last June and July.

 

Easy, convenient, reliable taxi experience

 

“Requesting for a taxi has never been so easy, convenient, and reliable. With Easy Taxi, booking your cab is just one touch away,” said Daniel Torres, Easy Taxi CEO for the Philippines.

 

“Keeping in line with our commitment to provide quality service to the Pinoy on-the-go, we are waiving our booking fee for an entire month, to serve more Filipinos better,” he said.

 

The Easy Taxi app can be downloaded for free on your mobile phones and gadgets simply by visiting the Apple App or Google Play stores.

 

“Our value propositions of safety, convenience, and quality service for every customer helped Easy Taxi retain its position as the market leader in e-booking app services,” said Torres.

 

Before boarding a taxi, the passenger is provided by the app with the designated driver’s information like the name, license plate, and contact details.

 

“The information the app makes available to users can be shared to friends and loved ones, thus giving them the guarantee of a safer riding experience,” said Torres.

 

In case of valuables accidentally left in the cab, passengers can ask Easy Taxi operators to contact the driver in their behalf and therefore increasing the likelihood of retrieving the said items.

 

 

Added value for taxi cab drivers

 

“Easy Taxi don’t only give passengers a royal treatment, we also provided added value for taxi cab drivers who get extra income from patronizing the app,” said Torres.

 

Taxi drivers driving passengers who used the app will receive a P60 booking fee during the weekday rush-hours for 2 weeks between August 4 and August 16.

 

Partnered with Easy Taxi are some of the country’s most trusted fleets, thus assuring passengers of drivers that are trained and educated to offer the best customer service possible.

 

Outside of the Philippines, Easy Taxi is available in 4 continents, 34 countries, and 162 cities and boasts of as much as 185,000 registered drivers.

 

It is part of the Asia Pacific Internet Group (APIG), which was founded by Rocket Internet in 2014 to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the Asia Pacific region.

 

APIG’s network currently consists of 10 companies operating in 15 countries. Easy Taxi recently raised $40 million in its fourth round of funding, in order to make its service more widely available.

 

Easy Taxi continues to help pave the way for improved public service transportation experience for commuters in the bustling streets of Cebu and Metro Manila.

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Globe is official technology partner of IRONMAN 70.3 2014

The Globe triathlon team prepares for the sixth staging of Ironman 70.3 Philippines

The Globe triathlon team prepares for the sixth staging of Ironman 70.3 Philippines

 

Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom is once again the official technology partner of Cobra Energy Drink IronMan 70.3 Philippines.Philippines which is set to take place in the Historic Resort City of Lapu-Lapu, Cebu on August 3, 2014 with about 2,500 participants from various parts of the country and abroad.

Globe, a strong supporter of Ironman 70.3 Philippines since it was introduced locally in 2009, will provide WiFi connectivity, laptops, Tattoo sticks, and cash support to the game to ensure that organizers, athletes, and spectators can have a wonderful digital experience which they can share with the rest of the world.

Twelve of the participants belong to the Globe Triathlon Team which regularly competes in Ironman 70.3 Philippines since it started six years ago. Team Globe expects to better their personal best in the local premier event.

“With the continued growth of the sport, we are seeing tough competition from veterans and newbies alike. But through the support from Human Relations as well as from various groups in Globe such as the Prepaid and Postpaid teams and the International Business Group, our employee athletes pose to give a good showing as they toe the line with other multisport enthusiasts,” said Team Captain Elmer Santiago.

This year’s event promises improvements on the swim course as well as transition areas to accommodate the larger field. The slight change on the bike route presents a new challenge while the ever scorching run course will further test the athletes’ stamina.

Ironman 70.3 is an international triathlon competition that takes place in over 30 countries around the world. The event offers a unique racing opportunity to old and aspiring triathletes as it challenges them to stand out and be their best in three major endurance sports – swimming, biking, and running. Highly anticipated by over thousands of athletes and sport enthusiasts all over the world, Ironman 70.3 Philippines consists of a 1.9 km-swim, a 90-km bike, and a 21-km run.

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