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Taiwan creates pandemic prevention product ecosystem

An ecosystem of pandemic prevention products and related industries has already been formed in Taiwan, aimed at offering assistance in the fight against the raging COVID-19 outbreak, the country’s trade representatives said Monday. Taiwan has already shown the world its resilience, integration capacity and advanced medical practices. Walter Yeh, President and CEO of TAITRA, said at a recent online product launch that Taiwan has already established a well-organized deployment and pandemic prevention product ecosystem that will definitely broaden the horizon and scope of the supply chain for Taiwan's medical industry. The one-hour launch was part of a series of events held by TAITRA to highlight the country’s strengths and to boost economic activities amid the global standstill, according to the trade promotion body. Webinars jointly organized with the National Cheng Kung University Hospital attracted 14,000 Indian medical staff. A virtual healthcare pavilion, which consists of 42 med

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PLDT Enterprise provides Philippine Army COVID-19 quarantine sites with free connectivity

As part of its continuous efforts to support the country's response to COVID-19, PLDT Enterprise deploys free connectivity support to the quarantine areas covered by the Philippine Army. All quarantine areas manned by uniformed personnel in Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila for COVID-19 patients now have business-grade fiber internet which leverages on PLDT Group's most expansive fiber optic network in the country. The COVID-19 quarantine areas include Philippine Army Wellness Center, Gate 5 Barracks, SOQ TRADOC Building, and Libingan ng mga Bayani. "We at PLDT Enterprise extend support to the Philippine Army in order to strengthen their capabilities in responding to the battle against COVID-19. This service enables health professionals deployed at COVID-19 treatment facilities to be informed of the latest information and stay connected to their families," said Jovy I. Hernandez, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP & Head for PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups. The fiber-grade connectiv

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New Hitachi Vantara Virtual Storage Platform Drastically Lowers Data Storage Costs and Simplifies Data Infrastructure Management

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today introduced Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) E990, the company’s new storage platform for midsize enterprise customers. The E990’s high performance and low latency supercharge business applications, and industry-leading data de-duplication guarantees storage cost reductions. Hitachi Ops Center’s powerful artificial intelligence (AI)-driven management software can also dramatically simplify storage provisioning for AI, machine learning (ML) and containerized applications. The E990 with Hitachi Ops Center provides an NVMe all-flash option for Hitachi Vantara’s family of solutions for midsize enterprises, adding to a broad portfolio of powerful infrastructure solutions that feature best-in-class performance and include Hitachi’s signature 100% data availability guarantee for businesses of all sizes. “With its Virtual Storage Platform E990 system, Hitachi is upping the ante in midrange storage. The VSP E9

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Globe extends free unlimited WiFi to more LGUs and hospitals nationwide

With the extension of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila and other high risk provinces to May 15, Globe is extending its free unlimited Internet via GoWiFi, in government designated quarantine areas, residence areas and more hospitals for the benefit of medical frontliners and patients.Free unlimited GoWiFi will be available in the following locations until further notice: DOH quarantine areas ● World Trade Center, Pasay City ● Philsports Arena/Ultra ● Quezon Memorial Circle ● Rizal Memorial Stadium Additional quarantine area ● Francisco Felix Memorial National High School Residence areas for frontliners ● Quarto Residences - Manila ● My Rainbow Place - Quezon City ● Victory Fort - BGC ● St. Mary's College ● Amoranto Sports Complex ● Immaculate Heart of Mary College ● Santa Isabel College Additional hospitals Metro Manila ● Fe Del Mundo Medical Center ● Jose N. Rodriguez Hospital ● Las Pinas Hospital ● Ospital ng

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HP small business owner study highlights family, purpose and technology at the core of modern Filipino businesses

Key findings:• In the Philippines, Filipinos are most likely to start and build a business with the intent of passing it on to their family to ensure stable livelihood for future generations• 80% of Filipino small business owners said that they have a duty to protect the environment and contribute to the community• 63% of Filipino small business owners see their printer as a technology partner, wanting it to perform tasks beyond just printing Philippines – HP Inc. shared the results of the HP Small Business Owner Today Study, which examines both the motivations and business ethics of company heads as well as their technology expectations. The study sheds light on the local Filipino business belief of having a long-term investment in originality, sustainability and community as key pillars of their business. It also reveals the extended role of originality in technology to help address unique, practical and functional business challenges faced by local Filipinos as they look to drive h

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Repatriated seafarers on 2GO quarantine facilities stay in touch via Smart

Repatriated Filipino seafarers will now be able to stay in touch with their families as they complete their mandatory quarantine period through the help of Smart Communications, Inc (Smart). Smart has donated a thousand pre-loaded SIM cards to shipping and logistics company 2GO Group, Inc., which is working with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Health (DOH) and Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA) to facilitate the 14-day quarantine of repatriated seafarers. These SIMs would help returning Filipino seafarers on these 2GO sea vessels that have been temporarily turned into shelters, to connect with their families. Aside from that, Smart has also provided ten (10) mobile phones to the ships so that the seafarers can call their loved ones for free. Meanwhile, PLDT will also provide free WIFI on board so that these returning OFWs and quarantine facility personnel can access the internet. “This is part of our commitment to help our repatriated Filipino seafare

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Holcim helps Philippines in Covid-19 fight

To contribute to the nation’s fight against Covid-19, cement manufacturer Holcim Philippines, Inc. (HPI) is shifting its corporate citizenship budget to provide medical supplies to hospitals assigned to treat coronavirus patients and relief items to its affected communities. The company has allocated a substantial share of the budget for corporate citizenship program Holcim Helps to procure much-needed medical personal protective equipment such as surgical masks, respirators and face shields to be donated to the Lung Center of the Philippines (Quezon City) and Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital (Caloocan City). These hospitals are among those assigned by the Department of Health to treat Covid-19 patients. Holcim Philippines has also started to distribute food and hygiene products to communities hosting its facilities in Bacnotan, La Union, Norzagay and Calumpit, Bulacan, Tondo, Manila, Calaca and Mabini, Batangas, Iloilo City, Lugait, Misamis Oriental and Davao City. Approximat

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UP-PGH, PLDT upgrade Action Center with Telemedicine Program

Since the establishment of the University of the Philippines Manila-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) Bayanihan Na! COVID 19 Action Center on March 30, 2020, PLDT Enterprise has served as its backbone through its connectivity infrastructure, Hotline 155-200.  The hotline service, a joint effort between UP-PGH’s in-house IT Team and PLDT Enterprise Business Group, aims to provide assistance to the public and manage the influx of patients to its COVID health care center, by consulting with professionals regarding their symptoms, without having to visit the hospital. As the center evolves to allow for a faster and more efficient response against COVID-19, University of the Philippines President Danilo L. Concepcion commissioned Unexus Medical Solutions, Inc. through NowheretogobutUP Foundation to create a more flexible and user-friendly helpline solution that adapts to the MedAlert platform. Through joint efforts with Unexus, PLDT Enterprise will be powering up the said platform by

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TP offers new upskilling opportunities for its people, launches TP Analytics Academy

Teleperformance in the Philippines, the global leader in digitally integrated business services, officially launched its latest people-development program called Teleperformance Analytics Academy last February 12, 2020 at the Makati Diamond Residences. The Teleperformance Analytics Academy aims to grow the skills and expertise of TP employees on data science and analytics, and build a critical mass of Data Science and Business Analytics professionals in the company who will support a forward-looking data culture to address the challenges of the workplace of the future. The pioneer batch of scholars are composed of 46 employees who passed the program’s application and screening process for the course tracks of Business Analytics and Data Science. At the launch event, University of the Philippines Associate Professor Dr. Rex Jalao, who is the lead instructor of the Academy, presented the course outlines and expounded on the learning journey that the scholars are about to undertake. Te

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DOUBLE WHAMMY: Pandemic threatens both physical, online world as cybercriminals persist on exploiting COVID-19 to trick users, o

With more than two million cases globally, the coronavirus pandemic has undeniably created a massive disruption and continues to pose a real-life threat to humans from around the world. But has this invisible risk crossed the physical world and reached the online domain? Findings from the researchers of global cybersecurity company Kaspersky suggest so. “Is the pandemic only a physical threat to us or has the virus become a threat in cyber domain too? Any big trend or any big event on the physical world will always have a reflection on the cyber domain,” confirmed Vitaly Kamluk, director for Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) Asia Pacific at Kaspersky. In an online webinar dedicated to media from the Asia Pacific (APAC), Kamluk noted how COVID-19 has disturbed the normal IT ecosystem of organizations in the region and in the global stage as well. The different forms of quarantine measures resulted in more staff bringing work computers to arguably unprotected home networks. T

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