Google Philippines is looking for 50 teenagers ages 14 to 21 who will be trained as Web Rangers, online heroes helping their peers against cyber bullies. Interested teens can sign up on https://www.webrangers.ph/. The 50 selected individuals will attend a whole day workshop on July 18 to learn how to apply their creativity and social influence to form meaningful campaigns—such as educational videos, marketing plans, or songs, among other creative possibilities—that will promote responsible internet use.
The Web Rangers will be given three weeks to come up with a fully implementable campaign, which will be judged by a panel composed of Google, creative agencies and experts in the advertising/marketing industries. The creators of the most impactful campaign will get a chance to visit a Google office in Asia to present their campaign to Google executives. Awarding will be on August 20.
“Cyberspace is a great platform for learning, sharing and collaborating—opportunities that come with many risks. The amount of hours teens spend online can make them especially vulnerable, but it also gives them an advantage to make a difference. We want to equip them for that through Web Rangers,” said Gail Tan, Google Philippines Head of Communications and Public Affairs.
As part of the Web rangers program, Google Philippines created five roles that teens can identify with: The Transmitter, who is a sharer of good vibes; The Guardian, a vigilante of cyber order; The Frontliner, whose posts make a stand for the cyber-oppressed; The Uplifter, a source of positivity for the depressed; and The Creator, whose creative content entertain, empower and inspire. The chosen teenagers will represent these five characters as they become positive and inspiring force against mean messages, threats, rumors and other forms of cyberbullying.
Application to be a Web Ranger in the Philippines is open until July 10, 2015. Visit https://www.webrangers.ph/ for more information.
G-Xchange, Inc. (GXI), pioneered GCash, an internationally acclaimed micro payment service which transforms a mobile phone into a virtual wallet for secure, fast, convenient money transfers at the speed and cost of a text message. Earning various international awards such as GSMA Awards for the Best Mobile Messaging Service received in February 2015, Mobile News Asia’s Most Innovative Mobile Services and Global Messaging awards for Best M-Commerce Service application both received in June 2005, GXI continues to be a leader in innovation and provide ground-breaking business solutions to different sectors and make mobile money services more relevant to the growing market in the Philippines.
In this year’s Asia Digital Marketing Expo, headed by Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas together with TAG Media and Public Relations, G-Xchange, Inc. (GXI) will be participating as its Lead Sponsor showcasing Globe Charge, GCash MasterCard and GCash American Express® Virtual Pay and how these products are contributing and transforming the future of online marketing in the Philippines.
At Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015, top executives from different companies will also join to share their insights and expert opinions regarding the future of digital and online marketing in the Philippines and the Asia Pacific Region with the following key points for discussion:
• The digital economy of the Philippines
• Positioning the Philippines as a gateway from east to west and west to east
• Is the Philippines ready to be a cashless society?
• Disrupting tradition and embracing innovation
• Technology and entrepreneurship driving inclusive growth
• Micro- multinationals- e commerce connecting SMEs to ASEAN and beyond
Partial list of speakers are as follows:
• Mario Montejo- Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
• Xavier Marzan- CEO, Globe GXI
• Constantin Roberts – Managing Director, ZaloraPhilippines
• Tina Pang- Head of Online Sales, Twitter
• Earl Valencia- Head Corporate Development/Innovations, Smart Communications
• Kristian Melquiades- General Manager, Viber Philippines
• Richard Upton- President, John Robert Powers Asia
• Donald Lim- Chief Digital Officer, ABS CBN
• Janette Toral- E Commerce Advocate, Digital Club Filipino
• Robert Yupangco- President, Yupangco Group of Companies
• Chinkee Tan- Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker, Radio Host and Wealth & Wellness Coach
• Rebecca Bustamante Mills- CEO, Chalre Associates & President, Asia CEO Awards
• Mikel Yaw- CEO, Elabram Systems Group
• Carlos Celdran- Brand Ambassador, Tour Guide
• Maria Camille Montejo- CEO, NWSteel Technologies & Tree Top Adventure Inc.
• Kim Bernardo Lokin- Managing Editor, Business Class Magazine
• Pocholo Gonzales- CEO, Creative Voices Productions
• Tanya Llana- Marketing & Sales Director, Victoria Court & General Manager, Hotel La Corona De Lipa
• James Jimenez- Director, Commission On Elections
• Lloyd Luna- CEO, Lloyd Luna Corporation
• Jonathan Luzuriaga- President, Philippine Software Industry Association
• Donald Felbaum- Managing Director, Optel
• Lewis Hong- Web Digital Marketing Specialist, Xyxon Pte. Ltd.
Mild drizzles and overcast skies have frequently been making appearances lately, signalling that summer is winding down; but don’t put away your sunscreen and beach hats just yet because the sun keeps shining over at Haier, with its Chillin’ Summer Promo. Make the rest of your summer count by making Haier a part of it, and let the summer fun continue!
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A window type air conditioner (AC) can get you free AC brackets while a split type will come with a 1/3 gallon Cooler Water Jug from Coleman or a P3,000 Installation Subsidy.
Get a 500g Surf Blossom Fresh w/ Fabcon Detergent when you buy a single tub washing machine. Make it a twin tub and score a Rubbermaid Food Keeper + 3 Sports Bottle or Rubbermaid Food Keeper + 1 Chug Bottle + Slotted Spoon.
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Find out more about this promo and other cool products, visit and like Haier Philippines’s Facebook page or call the Haier hotline at 1-800-8-9999999 for Globe subscribers, 1-800-10-9999999 for PLDT subscribers, or get in touch with the customer care center at (02) 883-9999.
After registering a reduction of PhP 0.70 per kilowatthour (kWh) in overall rates last month, the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) said that electricity rates will go down again this month by PhP 0.58 per kWh. This brings the total reduction to PhP 1.28 per kWh over the past two months. This month’s reduction marks the fourth time this year that rates have gone down.
For a typical household consuming 200 kWh, the overall electricity bill will go down by PhP 116 compared to last month. At PhP 9.40 per kWh, this month’s overall rate is lower by PhP 1.21 compared to June 2014’s PhP 10.61 per kWh.
Lower generation costs from IPPs and PSAs
The biggest reduction in the overall rates was due to the generation charge which decreased by PhP 0.36 per kWh from PhP 4.81 per kWh in May to PhP 4.45 per kWh this month. This is its lowest level since October 2010.
The reduction was mainly driven by lower charges from plants under the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and Power Supply Agreements (PSAs) due to lower fuel costs and higher dispatch of the plants. After running for 19 days on alternate liquid fuel (while the Malampaya natural gas facility was on shutdown) during the April supply month, the natural gas power plants, namely, Ilijan, First Gas-Sta. Rita, and First Gas-San Lorenzo, operated on less expensive Malampaya natural gas this May.
IPPs and PSAs registered reductions of PhP 0.67 and PhP 0.59 per kWh, respectively.
The reductions in IPP and PSA rates more than offset a PhP 2.85 per kWh increase in charges from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM). It will be recalled that WESM exhibited noticeable price spikes particularly beginning the week of May 11, as a number of plants went on forced outages or reduced their output. The high WESM clearing prices, which at times approached PhP 30 per kWh, were sustained for the rest of the supply month. According to the Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC), the operator of the WESM, the Secondary Price Cap was not triggered last May.
The share of IPPs, PSAs, and WESM to Meralco’s total power requirements stood at 45, 48, and 7 percent, respectively.
Adjustments in other bill components
In addition to the generation charge, transmission charge also registered a reduction of PhP 0.09 per kWh. Taxes and other charges also went down by PhP 0.06 and PhP 0.07 per kWh, respectively.
Meralco has consistently reiterated that it does not earn from the generation and transmission charges as these are pass-through costs. Payment for the generation charge goes to the power suppliers, while payment for the transmission charge goes to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). Of the total bill, only the distribution charge accrues to Meralco.
Meralco’s distribution charge has not registered any adjustment or change and has remained at the same level for almost a year or since July 2014 when it reflected a lower rate compared to June of the same year.
Meralco offers free trimming service
In time for the upcoming rainy season, Meralco advises its customers to report cases of tree branches near or touching power lines as these may cause localized power interruptions. They may call Meralco’s Call Center at 16211 to avail of free tree-trimming service.