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.

Latest Posts

Time to put Philippine ICT back on right track

It initially came out in the newspapers as an ordinary big-ticket infrastructure project that incidentally fell under the IT domain. But early on, members of the local IT community already sensed that there was something wrong with the fact that the government was going to an area that is better--and should be--left to the care of the private sector.

February 10, 2008 by Melvin G. Calimag and Joel D. Pinaroc

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Going to OOXML great lengths

SOMEWHERE IN THE PACIFIC--The LCD monitor inside the Northwest Airlines flight that I'm taking says we're 36,000 feet above this vast ocean. I'm on my way back to the Philippines after taking a side trip to San Francisco from a press coverage in Washington, United States.

January 22, 2008 by Melvin G. Calimag and Joel D. Pinaroc

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Responsibility, not guilt, must lure graduates back

In 1975, a young graduate of the University of the Philippines named Teresita packed her bags to pursue her post-graduate studies in the United States. Dismayed at her country’s economic and political state then, she vowed never to come back.

January 13, 2008 by Melvin G. Calimag and Joel D. Pinaroc

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Back to reality

The whole Philippines--that includes me, of course--has just gotten back to work after a long break. Filipinos probably enjoy the longest Christmas season in the world, which usually starts when the "ber" months arrive and lasts until the Feast of the Three Kings in the first Sunday of January.

January 3, 2008 by Melvin G. Calimag and Joel D. Pinaroc

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Out and away

I'm out and away on a holiday vacation in some remote place here in the Philippines.Well, that's what I'd like to think.

December 25, 2007 by Melvin G. Calimag and Joel D. Pinaroc

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Finally, an e-commerce breakthrough

Swamped under the tons of IT news and frenzied holiday rush was the recent formal launch of the 136 million pesos (about US$3 million) e-payment gateway for the Philippine government portal.It took four long years before the payment facility was inaugurated despite the fact that it was a flagship project of the Philippine government under the auspices of the Commission of Information and Communications Technology (CICT).

December 17, 2007 by Melvin G. Calimag and Joel D. Pinaroc

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Green IT in a developing country

On the day a UN-sponsored summit on global warming opened in the island of Bali in Indonesia, a much smaller gathering of IT players also took place in the Philippines to address a contentious issue bugging the industry and the whole country in general--the threat of electronic waste.That conference on green IT was organized by CyberPress, or the IT Journalists Association on the Philippines, which I'm heading right now.

December 9, 2007 by Melvin G. Calimag and Joel D. Pinaroc

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Curfew in the age of call centers

Something weird happened again in the Philippines last week. But I'm not referring to the hotel siege staged by renegade soldiers last Thursday in the heart of the country's financial capital--this has become quite ordinary here.

December 1, 2007 by Melvin G. Calimag and Joel D. Pinaroc

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Philippines in wirelessland

There are things that are really terrible here in the Philippines, like traffic and the way politicos take credit for projects that are funded by public money. However, I'm still convinced that the country has a lot more positive traits over the not-so-good ones.

November 25, 2007 by Melvin G. Calimag and Joel D. Pinaroc

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