Some of the biggest tech firms have answered the call for help, either by raising cash or donating technology services and items, as country recovers from Typhoon Haiyan
ZDNet's Philippine bloggers, Melvin G. Calimag and Joel D. Pinaroc, discuss key ICT developments in their country
Melvin G. Calimag
Melvin G. Calimag is currently the executive editor of an IT news website in the Philippines. Melvin has been covering the local IT beat for the last 13 years. He is currently a board member at the IT Journalists Association of the Philippines (CyberPress), and also serves as a charter member with the Philippine Science Journalists Association.
Joel D. Pinaroc
Joel has been a media practitioner since 1996, starting off as a reporter and eventually becoming editor of a pioneering IT trade newspaper in Manila. He is currently one of the content producers of a Manila-based developmental website.
While relatively modest, the investments indicate these foreign companies, which include Japan's SMK Electronics and U.K.'s Sophos, are still optimistic about the Philippine market.
A group has justified hacking, saying it is a way of calling for change and political reforms amid the so-called 'pork barrel' scam.
After the unprecedented destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, the social Web went on hyper drive revealing images of the devastation and urging for massive aid operations.
Philippine mobile operator is expected to complete its takeover of BayanTel with government approval expected to be given by year-end, but whether Globe will use the opportunity to improve its services remains to be seen.
Philippine government sets up the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub website in a bid to make foreign aids, cash pledges, and donations, transparent to the public.
Smart Communications and Globe Telecom released respective advisories on their free local and international SMS and voice services in Leyte Province, one of the hardest hit areas of the "super" typhoon.
Philippine government selects Japan's ISDB-T as the industry standard the country will use when it finally switches from analog to digital broadcasting, but the migration may still take years.
Lawmakers in the Philippines are again pushing for SIM registration, but the local telcos have yet to get behind the idea citing logistical hurdles and privacy issues.
Project NOAH helps provide early warnings for typhoons and disasters by using an IT network that seeks to automate data gathering, modelling, and information output for flood forecasts.