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.
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.
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.
Social media is fast reshaping upcoming May elections in the Philippines, with civil society making great use of it through a hugely successful campaign against publicity-hungry or credit-grabbing politicians.
Despite the economic gloom that descended on other parts of the globe in 2012, things are looking up for the Philippines IT industry and, in particular, the local startup scene.
We need law and order in cyberspace, but it must not be used to stifle freedom of expression and intimidate citizens.
CEO of Philippine IT conglomerate IPVG, Enrique Y. Gonzalez, explains his voyage into mining and stresses he still believes "in the power of IT to profoundly change the world".
As it veered further away from its tech roots, Philippine IT conglomerate IPVG has made it clear its future now lies on mining--and not on ICT.
Philippine Congress passes Department of ICT (DICT) bill earlier this year, but political interference may be behind delay in ratification and implementation.
I don't know if you've noticed, but the advent of online publishing appears to have exacerbated the problem of plagiarism. I can still recall, albeit with amusement, an incident last year in which I saw an exclusive story of mine being passed off as having been written by another reporter.