Globe embarks on I.T. modernization, hurdles first milestone in platform-refresh for improved customer experience

GLOBE has embarked on a major I.T. modernization effort meant to reduce service outages; recently passing a significant milestone on billing system infrastructure refresh, and with succeeding phases of platform upgrades still to come.With a P4.1 billion total investment to date, this multi-year effort is meant to improve user access to various company products and […]

Converge, the ‘fiber’ fan favorite of Cebu-based mobile app and software developer

IN the I.T. world, there is no debate that’s more intense than the battle of the operating systems (OS)—Macintosh vs. Windows. Loyalists of the two brands boast about its respective strengths—Windows is said to be the best in gaming while Mac is a favorite of programmers and designers. In internet services, pure fiber broadband operator […]

EXPLAINER: Mayor Mike Rama wants Cebu City to become ‘Singapore-like.’ No specifics yet on goal and method. And there’s a ‘huge roadblock’: the City is cash-strapped. BOPK may ask again, more vigorously this time, ‘Do we have money for this?’

THE HEADLINES. Headlines of newspapers and news sites said it loudly enough: At the June 30 oath-taking of Cebu City Mayor Michael “Mike” Rama, he “envisions a Singapore-like city,” his “goal: make Cebu City second to none.”Since then, the mayor has been repeating the phrase “Singapore-like city,” such as when he appealed to his political […]

PH economy grows 7.4% in Q2

THE Philippine economy continues its rebound trajectory, growing 7.4 percent in the second quarter, marking the fifth consecutive quarter of growth since the country went into recession at the height of the pandemic.This follows the revised 8.2 percent gross domestic product growth rate posted in the first quarter of the year.The country’s chief economist Arsenio […]

Globe wants Dito to pay P622M penalty after antitrust complaint

AYALA-LED Globe Telecom has asked the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to require Dito Telecommunity to pay for interconnection penalties amounting to P622 million.The penalties were brought about by fraudulent calls placed through Dito’s network to Globe, bypassing proper voice traffic channels.An average of 1,000 fraudulent calls–identified as international in origin but masked as local calls– […]

Cebu airport, tour operators ready for increase in tourist arrivals

GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) has collaborated with Cebu Alliance of Tour Operations Specialist Inc. (Catos) in efforts to bring back tourists to Cebu.The private airport operator recently engaged about 50 tour operators from central and southern Philippines through the “Balik Cebu” (Come Back to Cebu) virtual product update as Cebu gears up for the […]

Editorial: Traffic management

It’s upsetting to learn that there have been six City Traffic Management System (CTMS) personnel in Lapu-Lapu City who tested positive for using illegal drugs. The CTMS personnel were among the 50 City Hall employees subjected to random tests on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, and with the result these six traffic enforcers risk losing their […]

Wenceslao: August 21 of every year

This should be an awkward month for Ferdinand Marcos Jr. On Aug. 21, 1983, former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. was shot while being escorted by military men down to the tarmac of the airport that now bears his name. His lifeless body would later be seen sprawled on the tarmac near another bullet-peppered body, […]

Shell invests in sustainable growth in Cebu and opens five new stations

THE aftermath of Typhoon Odette left many homes and establishments in Cebu devastated. While Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation and its network of mobility stations weren’t severely affected, the energy company committed to rebuild and support the region’s recovery.Within two weeks after Typhoon Odette hit, 58 out of the 63 affected stations were operational, with its […]

Excelerate Energy and Topline Energy partner together to build an LNG Hub in Cebu

MACTAN Economic Zone – Facilities, Maintenance and Environmental Association (MEZ-Famea) held its second membership meeting and technical sharing on July 22, 2022, at Goldberry Suites and Hotel, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.Luzon LNG Terminal Inc. (LLTI) is a partnership between Topline Energy and Excelarate Energy. The collaboration between the two celebrated energy distributors will bring cleaner and […]