Pinoy Tech

I’m going ahead to proceed to revive this blog without further ado to post papers submitted as part of  my requirements in my studies at the UPOU.

This article presents a case study of the state of the ICT of the Philippines in relation to the recently released Philippine Digital Strategy 2011-2016.


  • the PDS needs to illustrate a better level of mastery of:
    a. an understanding of the situation and what we’re dealing with–technology, its nature, stages etc., or
    b. having more diligence in understanding ourselves, our capabilities, strengths and weaknesses or previous performance in various aspects of inquiry.  This includes continuity in research that has found the country to be in a vicious cycle of technological dependence.
    c. developing a stronger vision of what we want and where we’re going–more than just being a hub.
    d. the methods, mechanisms upon which we can establish sustainability in ICT or S&T progress and development in general.


  • Work towards social transformation to uproot the Philippine society out of the vicious cycle of technology dependence. Develop a psycho-spiritual media campaign towards rebuilding strength of tradition, culture and a redefinition/affirmation of Filipino identity.
  • Explore, develop or adopt a new socio-economic model.
  • Promote economic decentralization and self-sufficiency.
  • Explore creating a new or alternative currency for the community that can be earned with labor provided by the more socio-economically challenged or the unemployed.

Table of Contents:
1. The Approach

2. Science & Technology as a Driver of Progress in Society

3. Internal Environment Perspective
3.1. Observations on Philippine ICT Vision: The Philippine Digital Strategy
3.2. Understanding what we’re dealing with: Technology
3.3. Understanding our internal and external environment and challenges
3.4. Understanding ourselves, our capabilities, strengths and weaknesses
3.5. Understanding what we want and where we’re going
3.5.1. We can become more than (be) an “IT-enabled service hub”.
3.6. On understanding how we’re going to get there

4. External Environment Perspective
4.1. Political / Legal View
4.2. Economic View
4.2.1. Economics and Technology Transfer
4.3. Socio-Cultural View

5. Taking it All Constructively


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I remember a quote saying that naming things give you power over them.

This might just be what has really happened with the official launch of SMS text payments.

So what happens when you can assign names (Text to Buy codes) to anything, to purchase?

There's the real opportunity.

With PayPal's plans finally coming through, I look forward to how they can further revolutionize mobile payments in comparison to how TextPayMe or our other Asian neighbors are doing it.

I had been nurturing an interest in the market and some more questions I sought answers for are as follows:

  • Where can SMS text payment really flourish in comparison to other payment methods?
  • What could be the best way to implement,
    a) without incurring expensive infrastructure or hardware costs?
    b) and at the same time helping ensure and fast-track adoption with merchants?
  • What bred success for Korea and Japan for mobile payments? How can we learn from them?
  • The Philippines has begun text payments but hasn't really taken off, what gives?
  • What are the security dangers with text payment method or the swipe method?

After research, analysis and more research, all I have are my ideas (maybe more on this later) in a mindmap, plans and attempted efforts to join in on the fun. This is inspiring, though, and I still hope to actualize my attempts somehow. :">

So Google announced its mobile homepage today, and just recently I thought aloud of what the challenge to mobile companies would be as internet companies go mobile.

Nic Howell of Netimperative thinks that all this development is an assault, a preparation to muscle in on the lucrative global mobile content/entertainment market, while Carlo Longino from Techdirt sees it as Google’s effort to nudge telcos to become the face of mobile internet themselves.

Google wouldn’t comment on the new strategy, but Nic reports it’s currently searching for a wireless content strategic partner development manager, to be based in the UK, to lead the move. The key aim of its mobile content strategy, it adds, will be to develop a range of revenue-generating wireless content partnerships that will be carried out by both acquisition and syndication.

Carlo has rightly expressed: it looks like the carriers’ obsession with offering closed systems, separate from the rest of the internet may be coming back around and biting them. All due to the fact that that people will not use services not integrated with web services they already currently use.

Integrate or focus, I say, unless mobile companies do get acquired or is a candidate for a strategic partnership.

While Yahoo and Google further go mobile, talks between such internet giants including Microsoft and the telcos are still in progress regarding sharing the cost of operating broadband networks or ‘paying for the pipes’ telcos have invested in. Hopefully, it gets settled soon and charges do not get passed on to users, as British internet companies fear. It will ultimately need political support and intervention, as had been scheduled. We’ll see how that turns out.

Internet companies, in the meantime, will now share mobile companies’ old and continuing challenge to set-up business models that will work with the telcos. The mostly ‘free’ or advertising-supported applications of such internet companies do not always directly offer compensation to the network service provider, hence the challenge. Fortunately, mobile companies may have an immediate advantage being more familiar with crafting business models easy. But, when a compromise is finally set, mobile companies may be in for a rough ride if unprepared.

Beyond innovation, mobile companies should integrate and focus to compete.

Integrate. Mobile companies should be prepared to develop web services and adjust business models in order to complement pure mobile services. Internet companies have the existing relationships with media content players to easily become mobile content providers themselves. This, not to mention their advantage of having web services infrastructure already in place to provide more complete solutions for users. Long term, integrating also readies mobile companies for ubiquitous computing.

Focus. The mobile industry has gone through its own boom, bubble and bust. Lessons must have been learned. A focus on the essence of mobile services to help bring out its competitive advantage against or in cooperation the with the web and at the same time be of the most service to users will be best.

Both mobile and internet companies will have their fair share of lessons and adjustments as far as integration is concerned–internet going mobile and mobile services having web service counterparts. We will see telcos be tested with the movement for network neutrality led by internet companies while supported and followed by hardware vendors. At least finally, real and actual convergence may not be too far off and everyone, mobile and internet companies alike must be prepared.

The most successful mobile companies will be the ones that truly understand mobility and web 2.0. Ajit Joakar has posed important questions worth considering as he pondered upon the impact of web2.0 on mobility as well as why AJAX will be the hallmark of mobile web 2.0. Take a look at the article at mobile applications forum at Ecademy or at Sys-con.

Wired reports that an express, door-to-door delivery service called The Casual Courier launched in November that allows travelers to hand-deliver packages for customers paying a deeply discounted shipping fee. The company matches up people who want to deliver packages with others who are going the same way and are willing to deliver for a fee, which is negotiated between the sender and the carrier.

A Jerusalem-based lawyer and frequent traveler Jack Jacobs started the site after fielding multiple requests from friends to ferry items from one point to another.”

Read the rest of the article.

Filipinos could be among the most active users of this service as the Casual Courier or the package sender.

Finally, a business model that can facilitate the Filipino’s padala habit of sending items to and fro Filipinos’ relatives overseas and locally. A social network approach between members, though, would be a great way to support the service in addressing security and trust issues. Anyone else doing or is interested in making a better one? I need not stress the 7M OFWs in 181 countries…;)

Rain didn’t stop the mobile industry people from partying.

Food was good and the bar was open for a considerable few hours. It was Smart’s way of saying thank you to the top CPs for 2005. Bypassing the horrible Edsa traffic on a drizzly Friday evening via the FTI route, we were just in time for the fun.

Games included a witty trivia quiz game about various cheesy stuff from the past and present to apparently expose whoever wins as jologs king / queen., followed by a speed drinking contest for 7 deadly shots of various alcoholic drinks (Karen of Cube Interactive, Charlie from Chikka, Ricky Isla were among the participants) ; and ending with a valentine special featuring models Derek Ramsey and Nicole Hernandez as ‘searchers’, entertaining everyone with questions & answers colored with with sexual undertones that animated the crowd.

Some lucky ones got new phones and gift items that were given away, while the rest can adore themselves immortalized into special Smart photocards. All that fun will not be complete, though, without the singing and swaying for the music of MYMP’s enchanting performance and Mark of Passage as guest, before everyone was finally set loose to dance the night away.

While it’s been generally observed that business has slowed down for most CPs, it’s one of those rare times when formality is cast aside and you see the more personal sides of your business network. While being face to face with competition may be a little awkward, it was good to be reminded of other more common things: fondness for fun, partying and good times from time to time. 😉

balloons balloons gearing up for the drinking spree waiting for the searchees MYMP jams

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