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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.
By now, you must have heard about the news that several big and centuries-old newspapers in the U.S.
Something amusing, if not intriguing, happened last Wednesday when tech giant Intel held a press conference regarding its WiMax strategy in the country. At that briefing, Intel execs said that while they are pushing very hard for the technology, the decision to roll out a commercial WiMax service is still up to the local players, particularly telcos.
Dell Computer, the Texas-based computer maker, announced last Friday it is selling one of the only two company-owned call center sites in the Philippines to call center operator, Teleperformance.This could mean two things: Dell has been hit hard by the global economic crisis, and the BPO (business process outsourcing) officials may be right in saying the meltdown will actually be beneficial to the sector.
It's surprising to see how Meralco, the biggest electric distributor in the Philippines, has become an unlikely setting of a battle royale between telco giant PLDT and beverage behemoth San Miguel Corporation (SMC).I was at the PLDT press briefing a couple of weeks ago and personally saw how PLDT head honcho Manuel V.
Last week was quite eventful for the Philippine telecom sector when two of the country's biggest telephone operators revealed interesting figures and top-level personnel movements.Globe Telecom, owned by the Ayala family and Singapore's SingTel group, was the first to make the news when it revealed it was replacing its long-time president and CEO, Gerardo "Gerry" Ablaza, as part of a major management shakeup undertaken by its mother firm.
I'm not sure if the situation is similar in other countries, but the technology companies we've come to know as ISPs (Internet service providers) are in danger of becoming obsolete in the Philippines.William Bill Torres, the "Father of the Philippine Internet" and co-founder of Mozcom, and the country's first ISP, discussed this predicament during the recent APRICOT technical conference when he said ISPs are no longer what they used to be.
It was late Friday afternoon when the press statement from the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) popped up in my inbox. It stated that President Gloria Arroyo has ordered the transfer of the Telecommunications Office (Telof) and communications units of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) back to the CICT.
A few days ago, I had the opportunity to attend a government-organized public consultation meeting on a proposed certification scheme for digital signatures. The project is laudable, but I doubt that the timetable they've set will be met.
Without anyone almost noticing it, the powerful National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has been transferred back under the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT). But, the circumstances that attended its transfer is perhaps one for the record books.