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Internet-Based Jobs, Where DoST Can Do Better

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MANILA: On Facebook, last Wednesday, 18 November 2015, I invited the readers to consider my essay "For A 1st World Philippines, Virtual Professionals Need The Help Of Congress" in my blog Frank A Hilario (blogspot.com). I proposed that Congress pass a law to allot yearly a minimum of P10 Billion to provide loans for those who would like to employ themselves in a virtual career but don't have readily available cash to purchase a laptop, printer and have a WiFi connection installed at home. I computed that with a modest monthly earning of $500, easily 200,000 virtual pros can earn $1.5 Billion a year.Also on Facebook, I just learned about an hour ago today, Saturday 21 November 2015, that the Department of Science & Technology (DoST) has an Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Office and that the ICT has a program that in 2016 "aims to generate 500,000 freelance jobs for Filipinos in the countryside via different online platforms" (Emmie Abadilla…

For A 1st World Philippines, Virtual Professionals need the help of Congress

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MANILA: "The Philippines has become the call-center capital of the world," says the Los Angeles Times (Don Lee, 01 February 2015, latimes.com). 1 million Filipinos now work at call centers serving mostly American companies. All in all, the estimate is that the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in the country will bring $25 billion in revenue next year, about 10% of the economy of the Philippines.I'm impressed; I have 2 children and 1 daughter-in-law working in call centers in Manila, and they are doing well. The problem with call centers is that you can only build so many centers in so many months in so many places. The growth is limited; it cannot be rapid.So I'm looking at a much bigger prospect than the BPO that should bring in at least $1 trillion year after year when it takes off, what I shall refer to here as the virtual career industry, via the medium of the Internet. The growth of this industry is unlimited, because you don't need to construct o…

English by Filipinos & critic Isagani R Cruz

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MANILA: Today, Sunday, 15 November 2015, multi-awarded Filipino writer Isagani R Cruz writes on Facebook this (see image above):Isang tanong lang: bakit ang China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Iran, at Saudi Arabia, mga bansang bobo sa Ingles, ay mas mayaman pa kaysa sa bayan nating sawi? (Just one question: Why is it that China, Japan, South Korea..., countries dumb in English, are wealthier than our unfortunate country?)Mr Cruz is implying that our insistence on English as a major language in the Philippines is a major reason why the country is poor, which is a non siquitur. It does not follow that a country that insists on a language other than its own is a backward nation, or will remain backward. And it does not follow that those countries he enumerates instead used their national language to become more prosperous than the Philippines. But in fact, Mr Cruz's comment does not follow the line of reasoning of the content of the news item cited in the Faceboo…

Things you too can do with a laptop PC

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MANILA: Senior or not, if you can afford to buy but would rather have nothing to do with a laptop PC, look at me, I'm 76, and what I can do now you can learn to do yourself – I'm assuming you have an Internet connection: (1) Search: You don't know anything about anything? If you can type the word, correct or wrong spelling, Google search will show you the correct spelling as well as quite a number of webpages to read. (2) Double Display. If you look at the above image, I'm showing you my PC table with 1 Lenovo laptop (right) and 1 ViewSonic external monitor (left). The external monitor is bigger so I can enjoy bigger images, but especially bigger text sizes (I use Word 2013) while I'm writing, so I can type at ease, with an external keyboard, even with my eyes more than 3 feet away from the monitor, me sitting on an executive chair, both feet up. For reading webpage texts, I turn to the laptop, because it has clearer characters. I'm going on in years, enjoying …

Broth Force & Kobe Bryant

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MANILA: The x-ray showed I had osteoporosis, which explained the pain coming from my lower back, and the curvature of that part of my spine. Osteoporosis means my bones have lost tissue. "Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle," Mayo Clinic says, "so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses like bending over or coughing can cause a fracture" (Mayo Clinic Staff, mayoclinic.org). So at home I walked very carefully, or outside held on to the balustrade going up or down where there was a stairway... I couldn't make one little misstep. I had to be accompanied. The pain was bad. I could no longer get from bed straight up, like before. I had to s.l.o.w.l.y. roll over to my side, left or right, prop myself with one arm and pull myself slowly with the other by holding on to an immovable object like the corner of a wooden table. If I had a nap in the morning and another in the afternoon, I got up from bed like that 3 times a day. About the pain, I was hard…

Advice to Hacienda Luisita

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MANILA: Hacienda Luisita is a sugar plantation in Tarlac in Central Luzon; it is so large that it can accommodate both the cities of Makati and Pasig. It is owned by Martin Lorenzo and the Cojuangco-Aquino family, which includes Corazon Aquino and Noynoy Aquino (Wikipedia). Naturally, it has been the object of land reform. On 30 September 2013, the tenants of Hacienda Luisita began receiving their individual Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to portions of Hacienda Luisita; the first certificate was given by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to Benigna Mañalac, 82 years old (Jo Martinez-Clemente, 01 October 2013, newsinfo.inquirer.net). That day, she was the first of around 600 who received their CLOAs from Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio De Los Reyes. The total CLOAs comprised only 390 ha of the estate; there are about 4,100 ha covered by land reform out of the 6,453 ha of Hacienda Luisita. There are 6,298 landless workers involved.The news today, Tuesday, 03 Nove…

Ignored in the last 2 decades: A Publishing Miracle

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MANILA: "Publish or Perish!" is a dreaded phrase that describes the pressure on academicians in English-science oriented countries in the world to publish the results of their researches in peer-reviewed journals in order to retain their positions or advance their careers.Since the scientific journal was invented, there has always been 5 constraints that confronted the publisher here: (1) writing of the scientific papers, (2) reviewing, (3) editing, (4) layouting, and (5) production. I learned firsthand the harsh truth in all that having been for years Editor in Chief of a government publication (FORI's Sylvatrop, The Philippine Forest Research Journal, 4 times a year), 1975-1981; those were in the Age of the Dinosaurs (typewriters). I have also been the Editor in Chief of a private publication (CSSP's Philippine Journal of Crop Science, 3 times a year), 2001-2008, in the Age of Computers. So, what did I do when I accepted the position of Editor in Chief of the PJCS …