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Duterte picks OP's Michael Pastores Ong as new appeals court justice

Philippines Star - Sun, 2022-10-09 10:42
President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed an official of the Office of the President as the new Court of Appeals associate justice.
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Enabling access to advanced healthcare in rural Philippines through satellite technology

Cebu Sun.Star - Thu, 2022-07-07 08:00

The Pangutaran District Hospital, once just a primary healthcare facility, is now a 25-bed government hospital with field health accreditation.

FOR years, rural healthcare in the Philippines has been affected by a lack of connectivity. This has been exacerbated with the recent Covid-19 outbreak, further highlighting a need for greater investment in technology for rural healthcare facilities.

As technology has advanced rapidly worldwide, the way we live and communicate has fundamentally changed. Primary sectors such as healthcare, government and trade are increasingly reliant on connectivity. This global uptake has also highlighted inequities and gaps within the roll-out of technology, particularly in rural areas. In the Philippines, where 52 percent of the population live in rural areas, access to sufficient internet continues to leave behind people in the “last mile.”

Consider Pangutaran, a remote island with a population of approximately 30,000. Access to the island involves a five-hour boat ride to the mainland, which is approximately 60 km away. The island is too remote for fiber broadband access, which means that a reliable and fast connection through fiber is off the cards for its residents. If we look at healthcare, the local district hospital has been severely impacted by a lack of reliable internet connectivity. Despite undergoing a major infrastructure upgrade to accommodate a growing population, the technological resources still lagged far behind, unable to accommodate the health needs of the community.

Transpacific Broadband Group, Inc. is a local internet service provider partnered with Singapore-based satellite operator Kacific.

That’s where satellite connectivity comes in. Using satellite technology, Kacific has been able to provide an alternative to fiber that is reliable, fast and cost-effective for rural, remote areas. The first Ka-band HTS satellite, Kacific1, was launched in 2019 as a geostationary satellite. Kacific’s Ka-band technology and spectrum has been reshaping satellite technology in recent years, since it delivers higher-throughput bandwidth using smaller antenna sizes, meaning higher upload and download speeds compare to C-band and Ku-band. Powered by Ka-band technology, Kacific’s broadband service was implemented in the Pangutaran District Hospital putting an end to the community’s connectivity struggles.

Kacific, through their local internet service provider, Transpacific Broadband Group Inc. (TBGI), can offer internet speeds of up to 40mbps for residential and 120mbps for enterprise customers. Unlike dial-up or Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL), the internet connection remains fast and stable once the service has been installed. Thanks to technological advances put in place by Kacific, the impact of inclement weather on the signal strength is less significant, allowing consistent speed and stable communication even during a typical rainy season in the Philippines. Finally, Kacific’s satellite service is value for money, and easy to set up. With a small satellite dish, deployment becomes faster and cheaper for both businesses and local customers in rural areas.

View the full price plans of TBGI here.

For hospitals like Pangutaran District Hospital, this new-found internet connectivity is a game-changer. Doctors and nurses now can utilize digital tools to offer higher standard of care. Better connectivity means everyone in the hospital is able to reliably send radiology studies to a centre in Davao for analysis, as well as make Zoom calls across the country and even all the way to Singapore. It also enables doctors to gain rapid access to information that can aid in the diagnosis process, developing treatment plans, or offering telemedicine.

Internet connectivity has a ripple effect. As care providers can offer a more interconnected, higher standard of service to their patients, now the people of Pangutaran also have more options and better services available right in their hands when it comes to healthcare. This change, in turn, contributes to the overall quality of life, as people have more power to take better control of their health.

High-speed, easy-to-install and cost-effective satellite solutions like VSAT powered by Kacific give remote areas better opportunities to thrive through the help of stable internet connectivity.

Satellite technology has given rural communities a better alternative to traditional connection services and has filled the gap where no or very limited internet coverage is currently available. Empowered by reliable broadband internet through Kacific1 satellite, rural hospitals can foster high level healthcare with improved quality of care, timeliness and efficiency. For local people, this is a new dawn, giving them hope and peace of mind.

Interested customers can check out TBGI’s range of affordable plans here, or call (02) 8404 0239 to discuss their service needs.

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Twelve religious group members arrested over Australian girl's death

BBC Asia News - 1 hour 42 sec ago
The 12 members of a religious group denied the girl medical treatment for six days, police say.
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Some Philippines McDonald's stores can't serve chicken as demand soars

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 12 min ago
July 05, 2022 4:28 PM

No poultry shortage, but standards have to be met, says fast-food chain.

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Government eyes full F2F classes implementation in November

Cebu Sun.Star - 1 hour 13 min ago
PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. announced Tuesday, July 5, 2022, that the government is targeting to fully implement face-to-face classes nationwide in November this year.

In a Malacañang press briefing Tuesday afternoon, Marcos said Vice President Sara Duterte, who also heads the Department of Education (DepEd), has proposed the full implementation of the in-person learning during their first Cabinet meeting held Tuesday morning, July 5.

“We talked about Sara’s announcement that we have a plan for full face-to-face by November this year,” Marcos said.

He added that by September, the government will start the “phased schooling.”

“So by early November, 100 percent attendance na ang mga bata,” he added.

He said he told the DepEd and other agencies to implement the plans quickly, but he assured that the government has been carefully considering all its moves.

“I told them let's get this done quickly. We are careful but we are always in a hurry,” the President said.

The DepEd said in May 2022 that around 73.28 percent of the total number of public schools in the country has already been deemed qualified for the face-to-face classes.

As of May 26, DepEd said 34,238 schools have been nominated for the face-to-face classes. Of this number, more than 33,000 are public schools while 1,174 are private schools. (LMY)
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Balamban cityhood, legalizing church annulment among PJ's 10 priority bills

Cebu Sun.Star - 1 hour 43 min ago
DEPUTY speaker and Cebu Rep. Pablo John "PJ" Garcia (Cebu, Third) has submitted 10 house bills (HB) during the first week of the 19th Congress, including a proposed measure seeking to convert the midwestern Cebu town of Balamban as a component city.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Garcia also submitted HB 1019 which aims for provinces to get a fair share in the proceeds of real property taxes imposed by components cities.

He also submitted HB 1020, which seeks to transfer the power to declare a state of calamity in a local government unit to the local chief executive.

He also filed HB 1021, which seeks to legalize church annulment or dissolution of certain marriages.

Other bills that Garcia filed are HB 1022 or the Government Mobile Applications Act; HB 1023 or the Cooperative Banking Act; HB 1024 or the Smart Cities and Municipalities Act; HB 1025 or the Healthy Living Act; HB 1026 or the Tourism Rebound Act; and HB 1027 or the Protecting the Practice of Law Act.

Garcia said his proposed bills are part of his legislative agenda to support Visayan development, strengthen local governance, boost educational, health and economic systems; and improve access, quality and administration of justice. (JKV, PR)

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Seawall now protects Guiuan residents from storm surges

Cebu Sun.Star - 1 hour 50 min ago
THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed a seawall that will protect residents affected by super typhoon Yolanda in Barangay Pagnamitan, Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

The 252-meter structure will protect the residents from storm surges and flash floods, which brought great destruction and mass deaths in the country in 2013.

Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck the Visayas on November 8, 2013, killing at least 6,190 people and damaging or destroying over 1.14 million homes nationwide. Storm surges caused most of the deaths.

In a statement Monday, July 4, 2022, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the seawall cost P29.64 million and now "safeguards around 237 families, government buildings and nature reserves or protected areas."

“This project has allowed residents to sleep peacefully at night, especially in the occurrence of heavy rains, knowing that the seawall will serve as a barrier from big waves that can take away lives and destroy properties such as houses, buildings, and other local facilities situated in the barangay,” said DPWH Secretary Manuel Bonoan.

Guiuan is vulnerable to storm surges as it is bounded on the east by the Pacific Ocean, on the south by the Surigao Strait, and on the west by the Leyte Gulf.

The DPWH also announced that the bridge component of the project, the Pagnamitan Bridge, will begin construction this year.

This would improve access along the Guiuan-Sulangan Peninsula Road and widen the waterways to reduce flooding in the area.
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China plans $104b infrastructure fund in third quarter to revive flagging economy

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 56 min ago
July 05, 2022 3:44 PM

Headwinds remain, even as the economy starts a slow recovery.

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Lapu-Lapu mayor supports barangay, SK polls postponement

Cebu Sun.Star - 2 hours 22 min ago
LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Junard "Ahong" Chan said Tuesday, July 5, that he supports the call to suspend the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) that is scheduled to happen on December 5, 2022.

In a news forum Tuesday, Chan said having two elections in one year will be too expensive for the government since the country is still suffering from the effects of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

"We cannot afford to do (two) elections in one year. That is very expensive, especially right now, we are facing the pandemic... Grabe ang kwarta nga nang gawas," said Chan.

Ferdinand Gujilde, regional election attorney of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Central Visayas, said that only an act of Congress can suspend the BSKE.

Gujilde added that the Comelec is only doing its mandate since there is a law that specified the schedule of the BSKE.

The BSKE can be rescheduled by Congress, unlike the national and local elections, which have fixed dates as stated in the Constitution.

"Ang amo gyud mindset is madayon siya but if Congress would later say that it would reset, then we have no other choice but to abide," said Guijilde. (IRT)

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Lapu-Lapu mayor pushes for separate province for Mactan

Cebu Sun.Star - 2 hours 26 min ago
CEBU Island may be divided into two separate provinces should Lapu-Lapu Mayor Junard "Ahong" Chan's plan to establish the Province of Mactan will push through.

Chan said during a news forum Tuesday, July 5, 2022, that this was the dream of the late Secretary Adelino “Addy” Sitoy, who also served as mayor of Cordova.

According to Chan, this move will be beneficial for the development of the two local government units.

"Dako kaayo na siya og ika tabang, nga para siguro ma picture out nako ang Lapu-Lapu, if they will become a Province of Mactan, siguro that will be the next little Singapore," said Chan.

Chan added that he will ask his wife, Lapu-Lapu City lone district representative Cindi Chan, to lobby for this measure in Congress.

The composition of the proposed province will also make Olanggo Island into a separate municipality and elevate Cordova town into a component city of the new province, he said. (IRT)
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Xiao Jianhua: Canadian officials barred from tycoon's China trial

BBC Asia News - 2 hours 31 min ago
The trial is taking place five years after Xiao Jianhua vanished from a Hong Kong luxury hotel.
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Barangay and SK polls: 168 join first day of voter registration in Talisay

Cebu Sun.Star - 2 hours 33 min ago
A TOTAL of 168 individuals have registered on the first day of registration for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Talisay City, Cebu.

Lawyer Charisse Faith Sojor, election officer of Comelec Talisay, said she is expecting a turnout of 500 registrants every day until the registration period ends on July 23.

The registration for Barangay and SK elections is held at the satellite Comelec office on the second floor of Starmall in Barangay Lawaan.

Sojor said they chose Starmall as their registration venue since it has enough space to accommodate more registrants than their office at the Talisay City Hall. (BBT, TPT)

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Malaysian man flees naked on motorcycle after allegedly killing wife and baby

SCMP Asian News - 2 hours 38 min ago
Police found the bodies of a 26-year-old woman and a three-month-old boy following a tip-off. If found guilty, the suspect could face the death penalty.
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China's top envoy Wang Yi to meet Philippine president Marcos Jr in Manila

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 47 min ago
July 05, 2022 2:52 PM

He will be the first foreign minister to visit Manila under the new administration of Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

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Mumbai turns to Twitter for help mapping India's monsoon floods

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 50 min ago
July 05, 2022 2:50 PM

MUMBAI (THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION) - When monsoon rains sweep into Mumbai each year, residents of India's financial hub find their social media feeds awash with flood memes - from Venetian gondolas plying the city's deluged streets to office workers commuting on inflatable dinghies.

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First-time voters weigh what they've never known - Turkey without Erdogan

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 3 min ago
July 05, 2022 2:37 PM

Gen Z will decide if Tayyip Erdogan stays or goes.

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Chinese property developers accept farm produce for homes

BBC Asia News - 3 hours 30 min ago
China's once-booming property market has been hit hard by the country's zero-Covid policies.
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South Korea to build more nuclear reactors, as Yoon scraps Moon’s atomic energy phase-out plans

SCMP Asian News - 3 hours 37 min ago
South Korea’s new president, Yoon Suk-yeol, has rejected the idea of phasing out nuclear energy after making it a key pledge of his election campaign to boost investment in the industry.
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Sri Lanka aims to stop printing money as inflation nears 60%

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 55 min ago
July 05, 2022 1:45 PM

Talks for a bailout from the IMF complicated because nation is bankrupt, PM says.

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Senior citizen shot dead in Barili

Cebu Sun.Star - 4 hours 1 min ago
A 74-YEAR-OLD woman was shot dead by his neighbor inside her house in Sitio Malingin, Barangay Gunting, Barili, Cebu on Tuesday morning, July 5, 2022.

Staff Sergeant Erwin Alviso, investigating officer of Barili Police Station, identified the victim as Melchora Aligato Bayadog, of Sitio Malingin, Barangay Gunting.

The suspect was Joel Saplaag, a construction worker and resident of the same village.

Alviso told SunStar Cebu that the incident was reported to police around 5:15 a.m. Tuesday by Crisiolo Superales, a barangay police officer.

Police investigation revealed that the victim and the suspect had verbal altercation on July 1 after Bayadog planted a Napier grass near the suspect’s house.

Bayadog’s husband Crescencio, 72, said that around 4:50 a.m. of July 5, he was about to prepare for breakfast when he saw the suspect at the back of their house. The suspect then pulled off the window’s curtain and fired at Bayadog.

The victim was hit in the back. She was brought to Barili District Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Saplaag fled the area after shooting Bayadog.

Barili police have launched a pursuit operation against the suspect. (GDC)

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