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LTO seeking new IT provider to improve services

Anthony Quiambao, the CEO of Stradcom last August 4 at the LTO main office

August 11, 2022 10:59 p.m.

The Land and Transportation Office (LTO) needs a new Information Technology (IT) provider to address its current problems, such as the slow processing of documents and driver’s license applications, among others.

Driver’s license applicants and some officials from the government’s land transportation agency have agreed with newly appointed LTO chief Teofilo Guadiz’s call to search for better IT providers, who can get the job done, as well as to find affordable driving schools.

“When it comes to the IT provider, I think it’s really time to find something new, something that can be very accurate and quick,” one of the many driver’s license applicants outside the LTO office said, who requested anonymity.  “We agree to Mr. Guadiz’s call that we deserve better than this.”

Guadiz recently called the attention of LTO’s current IT provider, Germany-based Dermalog, for the delays and long lines in district offices, saying driver’s license renewals before usually take only two hours, instead of the current five to six days.

“There’s delay in the process, lines are getting long in district offices. So we have to address these problems and we have to revisit the IT provider,” Guadiz said, who will be having a meeting with Dermalog executives this week.

“I want to check and review the contract. I will ask them if they can deliver. If not, we would look at other IT providers,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dermalog spokesperson Atty. Nikki De Vega defended her IT company, which supports the Land Transportation Management System’s online portal of the LTO.

“The current LTMS [Land Transportation Management System] has proven to be faster by tests conducted by the LTO comparing LTMS with the previous system provided by Stradcom,” De Vega said of Dermalog, which has been LTO’s IT provider since 2018.

“While under the previous system, Stradcom charged the public computer fees which resulted in billions of pesos of collections for the private company — under the new LTMS system, these are now free to the public,” she added.

She reasoned out that the cause of the problem was due to the delays of turnover of legacy database from the old IT provider Stradcom, which forced the LTO personnel to correct manually the missing information that prolonged the process of transactions.

Guadiz allegedly allowed Stradcom Chief Executive Officer Anthony Quiambao last August 4 to make his presentation inside the LTO office without inviting current IT provider Dermalog to present its case as LTO’s next possible IT provider.

He even mentioned in interviews that Stradcom is welcome to join the bidding process if the current provider will not deliver as promised.

But Guadiz denied that Stradcom — the LTO’s IT provider from 1998 to 2016 — would be returning anytime soon to replace Dermalog, whose contract runs up to 2026.

“There’s no truth about it,” Guadiz told reporter Anthony Taberna in the latter’s KaTunying program.

Meanwhile, a high-ranking officer from the LTO who refused not to be identified believes that a strict bidding process must be held to select an effective IT provider.

“It’s time to open the gate for bidding and find the deserving IT,” the officer said.

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Pacquiao, Paradigm set for March trial in US

January 27, 2023 7:40 a.m.

Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and a sports management firm he was previously associated with will be heading to a March trial in the United States, according to several reports Thursday.

Paradigm Sports Management, headed by founder and chief executive Audie Attar, sued the 44-year-old Pacquiao in June 2021 for alleged breach of contract after the latter opted to fight unified welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr. instead of the former’s preferred fighter, Mikey Garcia.

But PSM’s request to prevent the Pacquiao-Spence fight from happening on August 21, 2021 failed as Judge Walter Schwarm junked the injunction filed by Attar’s group.

Manny Pacquiao, Audie Attar and Jayke Joson

The fight, however, still didn’t materialize due to an eye injury suffered by Spence, and Pacquiao instead ended up taking on replacement opponent Yordenis Ugas.

Pacquiao lost to Ugas via unanimous decision in their bout in Las Vegas — his last pro fight — yet the court case with Paradigm remained active.

expressed confidence that they will win the case against Pacquiao.

“Manny’s days of thumbing his nose at our contractual rights are almost at an end. We have an overwhelming case against him and look forward to justice being served,” PSM’ statement read.

“The court has already entered an order stating that — due to his consistent violation of court orders — Pacquiao is now deemed to have admitted that he breached his contract with Paradigm and that Paradigm has suffered more than $20 million in damages,” it added.

PSM also warned promoters, managers, fighters and broadcast networks not to interfere or enter into negotiations with Pacquiao with the lawsuit ongoing.

“Once Paradigm wins at trial in March, we will cut off 100% of Manny’s opportunities to earn money in the United States from any source because any revenue he generates will be attached to his judgment,” the company said.

“Additionally, Paradigm will pursue enforcement of its judgement in any foreign country where Manny seeks to fight.”

‘All the best to Manny’

Meanwhile, former longtime Pacquiao associate Jayke Joson is wishing the boxing legend “all the best” ahead of the March trial.

“As Manny Pacquiao’s longtime friend and ally before — and even now I always consider him as my brother — I really wish him all the best despite the hardships we’ve been through last year as we’re all just human beings,” Joson said.

Joson is also hoping Pacquiao will finally settle the lawsuit, which would allow the latter to fight again in the US.

“But with the trial now slated in March, I’m praying for my friend to be enlightened, make amends, reach out to Paradigm Sports Management, and hope to get the best result at the end of the day,” he continued.

“This is what we’ve been saying to him for a long time, that all we wanted is for his own good,” Joson said.

Pacquiao figured in an exhibition bout in December last year, dominating Korean YouTuber DK Yoo over six rounds in South Korea.

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Rep. Atayde backs Banawe St. as QC Chinatown

Jan. 26, 2023 6:00 p.m.

ONE of the many initiatives by the Quezon City government supported by its first district Congressman Juan Carlos “Arjo” Atayde is the transformation of Banawe Street into a modern-day Quezon City Chinatown.

The 32-year-old freshman lawmaker expressed his all-out support to the City Ordinance No. 2453-2015, where QC Mayor Joy Belmonte declared Banawe St. as the city’s very own Chinatown or its tourism district.

Rep. Arjo Atayde

“My city, my mayor and my colleagues are for it — and I’m simply for it too, to firmly establish the Banawe area as Quezon City’s Chinatown because we believe in the next few months and years to come the entire district and our entire city will benefit with this great initiative,” Atayde said.

Atayde, a well-known young actor, added that throughout the decades, the Banawe community and the variety of businesses established by Filipinos in the area, have been emerging from time to time, giving Filipinos more job opportunities in the district.

The Chinese Horoscope for year 2023, he also said, stands for the year of the Rabbit or Water Rabbit that represents peaceful and patient energy, while the water element suggests tapping into inner wisdom and trusting instincts.

“Combined, the Water Rabbit indicates focusing on relationships, diplomacy, and building bridges,” Atayde also said during his speech at the Banawe Chinese New Year Celebration last week.

“The timing of the celebration and the declaration of Banawe area as Quezon City’s Chinatown is the product of relationships, diplomacy and building bridges.”

Atayde thanked Mayor Belmonte for making it happen — reviving the Banawe Chinese New Year’s Celebration — and the organizer’s of that last week’s activity for making him a part of it, where everybody witnessed the traditional Dragon Dance and fireworks, among others.

Dragon dance

“On behalf of my constituents, I would also like to thank the City Government led by our outstanding Mayor Joy Belmonte for making this happen — not only for Banawe but for the entire Quezon City,” he added.

Aside from Atayde and Mayor Belmonte, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian Isang, QC Vice Mayor Gian Sotto, QC Association of Filipino-Chinese Businessmen President Joaquin Co and QC Chinatown Development Foundation Chairman Charles Chen were also supportive of the city’s initiative.

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Enchanted Kingdom Installs WiFi Powered by Globe, for a Magical Guest Experience

January 25, 2023 3:21 p.m.

Enchanted Kingdom adds a dash of magic to the already enchanting experience of their guests by partnering with Globe Business in installing reliable high-speed WiFi services at key areas throughout the Philippines’ first and only world-class theme park.

With Globe Business Managed WiFi, guests can enjoy 30-minute complimentary access to the internet, while EKsperience the Magic Card Holders can stay connected all day long, giving them the freedom to explore the theme park while sharing their adventures online.

“In today’s digital era, the ability to capture and share one’s memories with their family and friends online is essential to the full enjoyment of any magical experience,” shares Cynthia R. Mamon, Chief Operating Officer, Enchanted Kingdom. “Through our partnership with Globe Business, we’re better equipped to provide families enchanting experiences and memories that last a lifetime.”

The Managed WiFi connection also improves digital processes and transactions across the park. By complementing the theme park’s existing IT Network, the solution helps ensure a faster, seamless, and worry-free experience for the guests—from front-gate ticketing and accessing Enchanted Kingdom’s online store,  to transacting in retail and food shops.

Enchanted Kingdom, recently awarded the People’s Choice Award for Destination/Attraction by the Department of Tourism, stays true to their vision of being one of the world-class attractions in Asia, and the Philippines’ top family leisure and entertainment destination. By partnering with Globe Business and embracing digital transformation, they provide an even more magical experience for Filipinos and their international patrons.

“We are glad to take part in Enchanted Kingdom’s journey to bring outstanding world-class experiences to their customers,” shares Chris Cheng, Globe Business Vice President for Connectivity & Digital Products. “Our Managed WiFi, a part of our Managed Services Portfolio, supports our client’s vision of exceptional customer experience by ensuring a reliable and secure connection to their patrons, helping them in their journey towards digitalization.”

With the theme park’s continuous support of community development, improving livelihood in Laguna, and pursuit of digital transformation, this partnership aligns with Globe’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically UN SDG No. 9, which emphasizes the importance of innovation as a driver of economic growth and development.

Visit our Managed Network Services page or contact your Globe Business Account Manager to learn more about our solutions.

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