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Going Digital: The President Needs to be Tough to Telcos for the Filipinos


By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by philstarnews

Duterte to Smart, Globe: Gov’t to take over if services not improved

Warning Telcos is Timely

Filipinos have no better choice but to adapt quickly to the digital ways of doing things. This time for survival amid the pandemic. The President can only make a tough call to Telcos to help them out. The fate of ABS-CBN is proof that the Filipino leader’s warning is not a joke. They better shape up by December or face government expropriation. As per records, siblings Senator Imee and Bongbong Marcos earlier spoke of the same issue through their blogs in hope for the country’s digital-ready capability.

Shameful Internet Performance

The two major telcos have the slowest internet connection in Asia. This is despite their more expensive rates. Speedtest Global Index notes that the mobile download speed in the Philippines is around 16.17 megabits per second. The global average is 34.67 Mbps. People can also attest to how prompt their collection is despite frequent fluctuations. At worst, disconnections. Some experience months of no service. Delinquent accounts are then put into the hands of their legal arm that would warn these subscribers of their bad financial records if they do not have the intention to pay. Primarily because of their own disservice.

Expropriation Disagreements

Some senators disagree with government expropriation. To create a competitive market for them is much better, they said. DITO Telecommunity of China prepares for a March 2021 rollout through Udenna Corp. Businessman Dennis Uy from Davao owns it. He is a supporter of the President. Their ties stimulate detractors. Not giving credits to the efforts that its entry can break the monopoly. Expropriation may not be the best digital solution but these communication giants must be told. There’s no other authority that can do that better than the President himself.

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Bongbong Marcos’ Warning when it comes to Online Learning

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By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos

Plano ng Edukasyon | Bongbong Marcos

Online Learning Trial

There is no substitute for traditional ‘face-to-face learning’ but it should not cause us to overlook the furtherance of children’s education. However, online learning must go ahead with all the other backups, Bongbong Marcos said. The key is in compliance and obedience with ample flexibility.

Online Learning is Not a Choice

Former Senator Bongbong Marcos insinuates that online learning is not a choice. It is a must. Filipinos must slowly if not drastically cope with the changing times. It’s true that face to face interactions are necessary to develop interpersonal skills. Nevertheless, it is also important to learn how to deal with people in the online community. Therefore, classes in the Philippines must start as scheduled in an online setting or its alternative to be safe from the Coronavirus threat.

DepEd’s Educational Plan

There might be many hurdles that can face the opening of classes in August. For one, the number of enrollments is just around a half compared to last year. Rest assured that the government is doing everything it can to provide the necessary tools and systems for today’s education. Those who do not have internet connections and gadgets can resort to manuals or the transistor radio alternative. This one-way option is a bit tough but can be something to hang on while education officials are coming up with a better solution. Filipinos just have to comply and embrace what is available.

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Senator Imee Marcos: Internet Revamp is a Must Now!


By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by Abante

Senator Imee Marcos Pushes DICT’s Internet Infrastructure Maintenance Budget Since 2019

Sense of Urgency Needed for a Reliable Internet Infrastructure

Senator Imee Marcos tells the DICT off to revamp internet service. The country now shifts to digital means. A speedy change can keep life going amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, this is a top priority. Filipinos can embrace technology faster when they are able to.

The Internet is a General Solution

The government’s success in contact tracing, online education, e-commerce, and e-jobs depends highly on the internet. On top of that, crime-busting and future elections would depend greatly on such reliable digital infrastructure, she added. Marcos notes the data speed in neighboring countries. Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia have faster connections than in the Philippines. This is despite the substantial rates. The Senator strongly inquires about the 3rd Telco’s entry to the country.

The Economy is Digital-Dependent

“A robust digital economy is our hope for a post-COVID future! Slow internet speed plus unreliable online access equals a sluggish economy. This is a sorry standard of living. Particularly for local government units in more remote areas of the country, the senator said. Right after the senator’s statement, many teachers in remote areas, post videos on Facebook. They show their difficulties to get internet signals for the DepEd webinar. This is also in the recent news on TV.

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This is How Bongbong Marcos Understands Mobile Gaming Values

Mobile Gaming

By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos may understand the mobile gaming industry but he admits that he is not keen on playing with it. Games are like digital books that people can learn from. It is understandable that parents can be worried about children spending too much time on them. However, if they know the values of those video games, they would rethink their views otherwise. The key is in the physical and mental balance. If a gamer retains a healthy lifestyle despite the passion for gaming, then it’s a win-win situation. Some Senators may want to eliminate MP or Multiplayer games but it would be hard because of the strong public patronage.

YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos
BBM Replies to Comments | Bongbong Marcos

Responding to Comments

Here are just a few of the many really interesting, smart, provocative comments you’ve sent! Keep them coming, Marcos urges his fans on his vlogs.

The Achievements of Former President Ferdinand Marcos

Former Senator Bongbong Marcos also said to Francis Ian Q. Meneses that humility aside, the late President Ferdinand Marcos has lots of achievements that it is difficult for him to feature all the good works of his father on his video blog. It is known that the intentions of the older Marcos were laudable. To improve the economy by increasing agricultural productivity and to dismantle the oligarchy that had dominated the nation were his priorities. His greatest achievements were in the areas of infrastructure development, safeguarding the country against communism, and international diplomacy.

The Love Bus

In another comment in the vlog, Amajble Adams inquires about the solutions to the bad traffic in EDSA. BBM explains that there should be an efficient transport system so that there will be lesser cars. During the time of PFM, there was the Love bus. It was a comfortable bus system with handy terminals. The Love Bus is one of the first air-conditioned buses in the country. The former First Lady Imelda R. Marcos who was a Metro Manila Governor back then spearheaded it. It was a revolutionary vehicle when it was first launched. The blue paint and with ‘no standing on the aisle’ policy were distinctive. The first terminal of the Love Bus was in Escolta, Manila. From there, the bus goes to Philcoa. It then makes a U-Turn towards East Avenue and Ali Mall terminal. There was also a route from Cubao to Rustan’s Makati and then back to Escolta.

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Bongbong Marcos Warns Parents Not to Kill a Child’s Creativity by Imposing a No Internet Games Rule

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By: Elena Grace Flores

In this video of Bongbong Marcos, he has a contrasting opinion on a no internet games rule for the children in the family. Instead, he warns parents to be vigilant by understanding their child’s activities online. This is because the skills needed in industries right now are also going digital. Mobile gaming now is not just a form of entertainment but a way of training to enhance creativity. Parents could be killing a child’s potential as an app creator that pays a lot of money. Like one educator said; Why force a child to go to school when he or she wants to do something else? Let the young ones fail so that they can learn, he added.

YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos
Mobile Gaming | Bongbong Marcos

No Internet Games? Play Offline

Game consoles like Boc, PS4, and Nintendo are now phasing out. It just takes a smartphone with IoS or Android programs to run a mobile game. Once the app is downloaded, you go into a no internet games zone. The following mobile games can be played offline: Alto’s
Bloons TD 6.
Crossy Road.
A few Square Enix games.
Friday the 13th.
Hooky Crook.

Online Jobs Require Creativity and Diligence

Like any other online jobs, creativity, and diligence are needed to become a mobile gaming developer or even just a mere star player. Creating a mobile game app or performing well need concentration. Nagging children about staying away from their phones can only frustrate them. You must have a more interesting alternative if you wish your son or daughter to do something else.

Raising a Millionaire

Marcos reminds adults to be aware if you are raising a future millionaire. Brian Wong In 2010 with friends, Courtney Guertin and Amadeus Demarzi, founded Kiip. It is a mobile app rewards platform that allows companies and brands to give real-world rewards for in-game achievements. Kiip is active on more than 1,100 apps. It is installed on 75 million devices. These kids are just a few successful individuals. Simply because they are passionate with what they’re doing. Nurturing parents can enhance the talents of their offsprings.

A Degree Does Not Guarantee a Good-Paying Job

In the Philippines, there are many university degree holders who are still minimum wagers after many years of working in a company. These are people who are contented with routine jobs. Their biggest fear is the penetration of AI in businesses. All systematic tasks can soon be handled by it thus, eliminating the need for hiring people for these positions. However, a robot can never replace creativity, passion, and talent. So, time to make adjustments on parenthood strategies to mold happy and successful future people in the workforce.

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