Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Philippine Association of Legitimate Service Contractors (PALSCON), linked up with other groups with the hopes of sending a united voice to end the illegal employment practice of “contractualization” or “End of Contract,” more popularly known as “ENDO and “5-5-5.”

During its recent General Membership Meeting held in this city, PALSCON invited various employers’ groups and other associations such as the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), the Makati Business Club (MBC), the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries of the Philippines, Inc. (SEIPI) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), to name a few, for a dialogue on the issue. 

The objective of the historic dialogue between PALSCON and the associations was to unite and find winnable solutions to end “ENDO” and “5-5-5.” Many from the government and labor groups are clamoring for an end to these illegal labor practices that they see as detrimental to the economy and the growth of the Filipino labor force. 

In light of this important meeting, PALSCON already came up with a draft manifesto and provided it to all the groups, who promised to look and review said manifestoAs soon as all issues are thoroughly discussed, PALSCON and the groups will issue a joint statement regarding the result of their discussion.

ECOP President Donald Dee said they welcomed the invitation of PALSCON to dialogue regarding the issue. “We are glad that PALSCON invited us to sit down with them together with other concerned groups and hopefully, we can resolve this together very soon.”

George Barcelon, President of PCCI, for his part, said that they fully support PALSCON and the call to end “ENDO” and “5-5-5”once and for all.

Both acknowledged that PALSCON’s draft manifesto is a good step to have the voice of the service contractors be heard and promised that they will both study its contents.

“Time and again, PALSCON is at the forefront of combating illegal labor practices. ‘Service contracting’ is already a globally accepted labor trend. Our objective is to help educate the public and our Filipino workers and of course the government regarding service contracting and hopefully, we will reach our objective together with our partners here today,” declares Rhoda Caliwara, President of PALSCON.

Caliwara said service contracting cannot be banned since it is already an accepted labor practice with many benefits among major countries such as the United States, China, Japan and in many countries in Europe, and that most workers are satisfied under an “agency” setup. “Agency work is the first to adjust to major market fluctuations, and most of all provides flexibility to corporations,” says Caliwara.

She said in the Philippines, service contracting is allowed under Articles 106 to 109 of the Labor Code. In 2011, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) passed Department Order (DO) 18-A which raised the standards of service contracting to include higher capitalization in order to prevent “labor-only” contracting. The DOLE pegged a minimum capitalization requirement of P3 million for agencies, a registration fee of from a measly P100 to P25,000, and a minimum administrative fee of 10% to prevent cut-throat competition in the industry.

DO 18-A’s stringent requirements, according to Caliwara, also helped PALSCON police its ranks and reduced the number of service contractors from more than 16,000 to only more than 5,000 in 2015 to eliminate the so-called “fly-by-night contractors.” “We hope the government should inspect first these ‘fly-by-night’ agencies rather than the registered contractors who are the ones complying with the law.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Acer announces that its latest ultra-thin-and-light notebooks have been honored at the 2016 edition of Japan’s Good Design Award, including both the Acer Swift 7, which is the world’s first[1] notebook to measure less than 1 cm thin and the convertible Acer Spin 7, weighing just 1.2 kg. The abTouchPhone, a touchscreen multimedia IP desk phone, was also awarded for its full range of practical communication features, and also for its simple yet elegantly designed appearance.
Acer’s winning products stood out from over 4,000 entries and were selected over a rigorous five-month screening process involving 76 international jury members. Screenings were held not only in Japan but also in South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

Jury’s Evaluation of the Acer Swift 7
“The thinness and functionality of a laptop PC conflict with its operability, but the Acer Swift 7 strikes an appropriate balance between the two elements. The streamlined shape of the PC, which is less than 1 cm thick, makes it look visually thinner than it actually is, and the product generally has a robust yet elaborate image due to its use of cut and molded aluminum alloy as a material. Furthermore, despite its thickness, it provides a favorable touch button, and the use of a large touch panel achieves both a beautiful design and ease of use.”

Jury’s Evaluation of the Acer Spin 7
“Consumers have growing expectations for convertible laptop PCs as smartphones become more common and these convertible laptop PCs are expected to be used on occasions different from those for ordinary laptop PCs, and unlike the latter, the former also needs to meet various needs in terms of structure. The Acer Spin 7 is light and slim, and under these restricted conditions, it uses a rotary touch panel, meeting user needs in various situations through its 14-inch monitor and fan-less design. The case made from an aluminum alloy adds a sense of high quality to the product while ensuring its sturdiness. The Spin 7 boasts of outstanding performance as a hybrid convertible PC.”
Jury’s Evaluation of the abTouchPhone
“As smartphones offer increasingly diverse functions, users are also looking for installed touchphones. Using highly-functional and high-quality communications, this product meets the above-mentioned needs of users while they are busy at work or leading their busy lives. Another characteristic is its simple yet elegantly designed external appearance.”
About the Good Design Award
The Good Design Award is hosted by the Japan Institute for Design Promotion, a public interest incorporated foundation. It’s precursor, the Good Design Selection System (or G Mark System), was founded in 1957 by Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry (the current Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry), and has engaged in this field for about 60 years. Submissions come from a wide range of industries, and roughly 1,200 designs are recognized every year.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Last weekend Acer held a string of events in Taipei to celebrate its 40thanniversary, which included performances, a forum, and a fun-filled “Acer Family Day” attended by Acer’s five founders (pictured above with CEO Jason Chen).
On Friday, September 23, under a beautiful autumn sky, Acer hosted an evening of performances at Taipei’s Liberty Square. The event saw the attendance of over 10,000 people, including Acer’s management team, alumni, partners, suppliers, and members of the general public. The audience was treated to a number of performances, including one by Taiwan’s world-renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theater.
In between performances, a charity auction took place where many of Acer’s partners and suppliers pledged funds for the purchase and donation of units of Acer CloudProfessor to the “Program the World” initiative, a Taiwan-based program that works to give underprivileged children new opportunities through technology and education.
On the following day, Saturday, September 24, Acer held a forum where Stan Shih, Honorary Chairman, George Huang, Chairman and Jason Chen, President & CEO discussed the future development of Taiwan and the ICT industry with experts from various fields. To cap off the festivities, a special 40th anniversary “Acer Family Day” was held for Acer’s Taiwan employees at Liberty Square, where they enjoyed food, fun, and performances.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

One of the leading notebook brands in the Philippines today has introduced its latest addition, the Aspire S series notebook from Acer. Proven with its elite innovation, The new Acer Aspire “S” Series owns its elegance and technological revolution to be a model tech gadget.

The new Acer S Series brag its three main models which are the S3, S5 and the thinnest laptop in the world, the Acer Aspire S7. Its ultra-thin form factor with a 9.98mm and 1.125 kg with a 4-cell battery pack that can have a battery life of 9 hours and a 256GB SSD, the new Acer Aspire S7 is one laptop that’s built for the hardworking class.

With an all-metal chassis, the thinnest laptop in the world is supported with a dual-channel 8GB of onboard LPDDR3 SDRAM that has the ability to transfer data twice as much faster than the previous models and consumes very low power and produces less heat. 

The 7th generation Intel Core i5-7Y54 processor is the main chipset of the Acer Aspire S7 with an Intel HD Graphics 615 on a 13.3" display with IPS technology, Full HD 1920 x 1080, high-brightness Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCD that can give flawless graphics and provide better resolution for screen viewing.

An HD webcam with 1280 x 720 resolution, 720p HD audio/video recording and High dynamic range imaging (HDR) is built in to make video conferencing for professionals easier, faster and more reliable for business. Most importantly, ultra-fast wireless technology is featured. An 802.11ac wireless LAN with a 2x2 MU-MIMO technology can provide seamless connection on the web and with a Bluetooth® 4.0, wireless connectivity to accessories will be hassle-free. The USB Type-C port, supports DisplayPort over USB-C and DC-in is a revolution for a unified electric connectivity and USB technology.

The Acer Aspire S7 is backed up with the latest Microsoft operating system, the Windows 10 Home in a 64-bit based processor to enjoy the advantages of 64-bit processing and the ultimate performance of 4 GB or higher memory.

The other Acer S Series: S3 and S5 are Acer’s top of the line quality laptops that offer a wider range of specifications designed for the heavier applications. Both series have an Intel Core processor and an Intel HD Graphics 520, supporting OpenGL 4.4, OpenCLTM 2.0, Microsoft DirectX 12. Both have also the capacity to support up to 512GB of data for its solid-state drive (SSD). In addition from the top-of-the-line ultra-fast connectivity of the Acer Aspire S Series, S3 and S5 also features a gigabit ethernet, Wake-on-LAN ready and a higher battery life of a maximum of 12 hours. 

The Acer Aspire S series is also aligned with the #Aspire campaign where it aims to aid the hardworking Filipinos who aspire and improve their lives personally and professionally. Under this campaign, two of the most influential people in career development and business have been chosen to be  #Aspire brand ambassadors, Francis Kong and Megan Young.

An inspirational figure, Francis Kong is no stranger to failures turned success. Being one of the recipients for the 2014 The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Awards, Francis Kong, an entrepreneur by profession, is a business consultant and a personal coach for level up leadership most especially in the business area. As an #Aspire brand ambassador, he will share his ideas and pointers on how to improve your career and how to be on top of your game. Megan Young, on the other hand, will be the “heart” of the #Aspire campaign. The 2013 Miss World beauty has more to show than her personal looks. She will share her thoughts on “who motivates you” and will provide insights on how to be selfless while being dauntless in your career.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

The century -old College of the Holy Spirit Manila is up for bigger, bolder things in its fold. Adapting to the changing landscape of the academe, while sustaining fine traditions of the school, College of Holy Spirit Manila (CHSM) looks forward to implementing new, exciting programs and initiatives, ongoing renovation, upgrades of the school grounds and facilities.

College of the Holy Spirit Manila is now under new management by the Holy Spirit Alumni Management Corporation (HSAMC) composed of 14 alumnae and one non-alumnae who is well-recognized in the education field.

Known for Values Education, College of the Holy Spirit Manila is taking an even higher step in its commitment to provide learning opportunities, enhance professional skills and make better, more responsible members of the society.

In this line, the Alumni Management Corporation spearheads the launching of the Center for Continuing Education (CCE) of the College of the Holy Spirit Manila.

The Center for Continuing Education, is primarily offering short non-degree courses starting with Language and Social Enterprise Courses.

Last July 20, 2016, CCE embarks on a journey with the introduction of Social entrepreneurs sharing their first hand experiences.

Dubbed "2016 Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship", it will have as its speakers, two of the country's prime-movers in Social Entrepreneurship - Mr. Henry Motte-Munoz, Founder of and Ms. Terri Jayme Mora, Country Manager of Ashoka Philippines. This was held at the Paraclete Auditorium of the College of the Holy Spirit Manila.

"2016 Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship: is aimed to share insights and milestones as to how Social Entrepreneurship has dramatically changed and continues to make a positive social impact on the Philippines and the whole of ASEAN region - why it is regarded as the springboard to drive new opportunities and catalyst for innovation.

Another highlight of the activity is the blessing and opening of the new Advocafe, a non-profit and social enterprise in support to the Indigenous Peoples, which is also situated within the grounds of the school. Advocafe is definitely not just your ordinary coffee shop which you can easily find around the Metro as majority of the products being sold at the store are all natural and organic tea and coffee bean products were results of the hard work and efforts of the lumads, IPs, and the Igorots from the respective communities all over the Philippines. Patronage of Advocafe provides education for indigenous children and youth. Among the products offered at the advocafe include chocolate cacao, turmeric granules, salabat tea, calamansi juice, banana chips, carrot cakes, other organic pastries, and herbal tea.

More on CCE and its upcoming activities at CHSM's official facebook page @collegeoftheholyspiritmanila; email:; call College of the Holy Sporit Manila, 735 6021 / 735 6022 local 107 look for Ms. Benjo Macaso -AMC; local 109 look for Ms. Joy Flores - Marketing.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Global tech titan Acer recognizes the new breed of “ProSumers” or professional consumers who need computers that are not only perfect eye-candy digital companions but also brawny and formidable inside and out.
This is why Acer came up with its next-generation laptop for today’s Prosumers, the Acer Aspire S13 that’s not only sleek and chic but also personifies power and efficiency that discriminating prosumers with high expectations regarding their digital devices would prefer.
The Acer Aspire S13 is definitely something to behold, touch-wise, that is, with a nano imprint pattern that’s such a joy to touch while you enjoy the texture as you glide your hand through it. But that’s only for your sense of touch.
Inside, prosumers will definitely revel at how formidable the Acer Aspire S13 is, with its 6th generation Intel Core processors that are not only efficient and powerful but also allows you to consume less energy and save on electricity to keep you going with up to 13 hours of battery life.

Lugging around the Acer Aspire S13 to anywhere you want will be no problem with its ultra-slim, 14.58mm frame so there’s less strain on your shoulders carrying it. File transfers are ultra-fast with its USB 3.1 capability, multi MIMO platform for faster wireless connectivity, a backlit keyboard for easier and less eye strain typing even in low-light conditions, and a solid state drive for faster boot ups when you’re in a hurry to work on a rush project or want to view an image or video file.
And viewing anything on the Acer Aspire S13’s lively, 10-point touch display screen is total joy because of Full HD resolution that lets the prosumer enjoy looking at photos, videos, office presentations in clear and vivid detail.
So go ahead and buy an Acer Aspire S13 today to get an extended warranty and an ingenious smartwatch. Every purchase of a qualified Acer Aspire S13 laptop (S5-371-74H1, S5-371-767Q, S5-371-53F4, and S5-371-55AN) at any participating store from May 15 until June 30, 2016 lets you enjoy a 3-year of warranty from Acer under its warranty program that serves as Acer’s way of thanking the public for making it the number 1 laptop in the Philippines for 10 consecutive years. Plus, get an Acer Liquid Leap Active Smartwatch for free!  For the astute prosumer, the Acer Aspire S13 and the Acer Liquid Leap Active Smartwatch is such a perfect pair.
The nifty Acer Liquid Leap Active Smartwatch comes with a 1-inch OLED (128 x 32) touchscreen display. It’s perfectly compatible with Android 4.4 systems and above, iOS 7 and iOS 8 and Windows 8.1. It is IPX4 waterproof certified and a full charge can last you 5-7 days.
To claim your Acer Liquid Leap Active Smartwatch, fill out all necessary information in the Promo Claim Form. Present this together with the Official Receipt, cut-out of Box Serial Number, plus two (2) valid IDs at any authorized Acer redemption.

For the 3-year warranty, just register between May 15 to July 15, 2016 through email by sending the proof of purchase, first name, middle initial and last name, contact number, home address, Serial Number of purchased qualified laptop under the promo, plus digital or scanned copies of the Original Receipt, laptop box Serial Number and two (2) valid IDs to Customer will then receive a Confirmation Email with 3-year Warranty Confirmation Number, list of Acer Customer Service Center and authorized service providers, and a verification call from Acer Customer Care. Customer should then bring a printout copy of the confirmation email and present two (2) valid IDs to the Acer Customer Service Centers and authorized service providers indicated in the email.
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