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PLDT reports P34B sales from new services

Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00 Published in Business

Telecoms giant Philippines Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) posted a record P34.1 billion revenues in 2017 from its enterprise business, up 11 percent from the previous year.
Setting the pace for the industry, ICT service revenues alone jumped by 26 percent, powered by the 59 percent increase in Managed IT services and the 49 percent growth in Cloud Services.
Managed IT services include Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Managed Service Desk, Managed Infrastructure, ERP Implementation, and Application Lifecycle Support. Cloud service include infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Contact Center-as-a-Service, and Cloud Professional Services. Data center services such as co-location, peering, and managed server hosting services also posted a double-digit 10 percent year-on-year growth.
“We are jumping to the next curve from being the preferred managed infrastructure provider to a trusted managed services provider where we create value for clients through our integrated tools, skills-based expertise, global-practice methodologies, and broad ecosystem of partners. This aligns with our strategic intent to further solidify our position as the trusted partner and thought leader in the enterprise market,” said PLDT SVP and Head of Enterprise Business Jovy Hernandez.
“Our robust growth in Managed IT Services and the strategic focus on building a Cyber Security practice among enterprises will further diversify PLDT’s revenue streams beyond Data Center and Cloud for the group,” Hernandez said.
PLDT, through its enterprise units ALPHA Enterprise and SME Nation, continues to equip industries with world-class data services strategically packaged with innovative solutions addressing specific gaps among businesses and government clients.
“We are also delivering unprecedented growth across all business pillars – banking and finance, conglomerates, IT and Business Process Outsourcing, gaming, and the public sector. We continue to grow faster than industry, further strengthening our leadership in these sectors,” Hernandez pointed out.
The Enterprise Group is leading PLDT’s efforts to help spur local development throughout the country. In October 2017, PLDT launched its ‘Smart City’ program which aims to provide local governments and communities with innovative digital platforms that will improve public services, people’s welfare and local economic and social development. The first initiative under this program is #Ready which will equip local governments with digital communications and information management solutions that enable them to manage public safety, emergency and disaster situations more effectively.

Makati City mayor orders shutdown of electronic billboard

Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00 Published in Metro

Makati Mayor Abby Binay ordered the operator of an electronic billboard to immediately cease operations last Tuesday night after showing pornographic material.
The billboard will remain closed pending the results of an investigation into the incident and the liabilities of the owner Globaltronics and its personnel.
Netizens posted a video of the material being played on the billboard late Tuesday afternoon.
“Upon being informed of reports of inappropriate images being shown on the billboard located on Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. corner Makati Ave., Binay immediately ordered the owner of the billboard to cease and desist from operations last night. The operator immediately complied with the order,” Atty. Maribert Pagente, head of the city’s Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO), said.
“The Mayor also ordered an immediate investigation of the incident to determine the cause and liabilities of those concerned. Pending such investigation, the billboard shall remain closed,” he said.

Norwegian pedophile barred by BI Clark officer

Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00 Published in Nation

A Norwegian pedophile has barred from entering our country by the Bueau of Immigration officer at the Clark International Airport. The suspect was previously convicted for a string of sex offenses in his country.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente disclosed that a 29yrs old Kim Vegar Kristoffersen was intercepted Monday upon his arrival via Emirates flight EK338 which arrived from Dubai.
Morente said that Kristoffersen was immediately excluded and booked on the first available flight to his port of origin, and afterwards, he was placed in our blacklist to ensure that he is denied entry again if he attempts to return to the country.
The BI cheif stressed that the Norwegian is just the latest arrested suspect in the bureau’s unrelenting campaign to thwart the entry of undesirable aliens, including sex offenders, into the Philippines.
Morente recalled that last year alone, BI personnel intercepted a total of 187 so-called registered sex offenders (RSOs) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other ports nationwide.
According to Atty. Ma. Antonette Mangrobang, BI spokeswoman, Kristofferson flew all the way from Oslo, Norway to visit his 16-year-old Filipino boyfriend who lives in Concepcion, Tarlac.
Atty. Mangrobang said Nordic investigators were able to trace communications and money transactions between the two lovers which enabled them to alert authorities here about Kristofferson’s scheduled trip to the Philippines.
The BI official explained that they were been very strict and vigilant in turning away these sex offenders because they pose a serious and real threat to Filipino children whom they might abuse if they manage to enter our country.
Citing a report from the International Justice Mission, a global NGO engaged in fighting women and child trafficking, Mangrobang said Kristofferson was convicted four times in Norway for the crime of sexually molesting children under 16 years of age.
Atty. Mangrobang also added that authorities have also monitored the Norwegian to be an active Internet user as he always hunts for his would-be victims via e-mail and Facebook.       Anthony Ching


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