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PLDT stretches global PoP to United Kingdom

Monday, 02 February 2015 00:00 Published in Business

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), the leading telecommunications provider in the Philippines, has further expanded its global Points of Presence with the launch of an additional PoP in the UK through Telehouse Europe, one of the world’s largest data center owner operators.
This allows PLDT to offer pan-global connectivity from the Philippines to the United Kingdom, and with this deal, signed through PLDT UK, the company can now provide clients with an Ethernet International Private Leased Circuit (E/IPLC) service from the United Kingdom to the rest of the world, as part of its Global Managed Ethernet service offerings.
The PLDT UK PoP has direct connections to Hong Kong and the United States of America, enabling it to achieve optimal latency for its customers around the world.
This builds on over 500 domestic ethernet nodes that it owns in the Philippines and POPs in Singapore, Japan, U.S. and Hong Kong.
“We are very proud to add the UK to our ever growing managed international network”, said Jovy Hernandez, PLDT FVP and PLDT Alpha Enterprise geed.
“Our constant drive to deliver world class service to our customers around the globe allows them to focus on what matters the most and allows their customers to do the same,” Hernandez said.
Michelle Reid, director of Sales and Marketing at Telehouse added, “PLDT has made a great decision to expand their E/IPLC into the UK as the market becomes ever more significant in the global telecommunications infrastructure.
With over 535 connectivity providers now in the Telehouse Docklands campus, we look forward to enabling them to maximize the opportunity this expansion represents.”
PLDT is the only Philippine Telco to have been a consistent finalist and awardee at the prestigious Metro Ethernet Forum Ethernet Excellence Awards for APAC.
The company continues to partner with regional and global providers to expand its coverage and deliver global-class Ethernet services to its customers.

RP think tank still one of globe’s best

Monday, 02 February 2015 00:00 Published in Business

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) continues to be recognized as one of the world’s best think tanks for its outstanding public policy research, analysis, engagement, and impact.
In the 2014 Global Go To Think Tanks Report and Policy Advice of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania, PIDS was recognized in three categories.
PIDS remained the top social policy think tank in South East Asia and 37th among the top 50 in the world.
It was also ranked 69th among the top 80 international development think tanks—one notch higher than its ranking in 2013.
Meanwhile, the Institute is now part of the 55 top education policy think tanks in the world at 33rd place.
Other think tanks in South East Asia that made it to the list under these categories were Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) which is also in Singapore, and Malaysia’s Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) and Third World Network.
TDRI ranked 20th among the education policy think tanks and 66th in the international development think tanks category; SIIA and Third World Network ranked 70th and 72nd , respectively, among the international development think tanks; while ISEAS ranked 41st among the social policy think tanks.
The Go To Think Tanks Index is a comprehensive ranking of the world’s top think tanks and has been described as the premier database and measure of world think tanks.
It aims to increase the profile, performance, and impact of think tanks, and to create a transnational and interdisciplinary network of centers of public policy excellence.
Think tanks are public-policy research analysis and engagement organizations that generate policy-oriented research, analysis, and advice on domestic and international issues, thereby enabling policymakers and the public to make informed decisions about public policy.
For its latest rankings, 6,618 think tanks from 182 countries were invited or nominated to participate in the process.
PIDS president Gilberto Llanto makes a plea for more resources and support to research institutes in the country.
“Despite having only a handful of researchers compared to other better-endowed research institutes in the region and in the Philippines, the PIDS has consistently made significant contribution and influence on Philippine development policy through its active and close collaboration with government agencies, academic and research institutions, and international organizations. Its various research outputs are widely disseminated through its publications (both print and online), conferences, and seminars conducted on a nationwide scale,” he said.
PIDS is a state-funded think tank devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions.
Since its establishment in 1977, it has been engaged in conducting long-term, evidence-based research that serves as inputs in crafting socioeconomic policies for the country.
PIDS has completed almost 1,000 studies covering a wide range of issues that encompass macroeconomic, agricultural, trade and industrial policies, health economics, education, environment, natural resource management, urban development and social services, and governance.
Established in 1989, the TTCSP aims to acknowledge the important contributions and emerging global trends of think tanks worldwide.
Often referred to as the “think tanks’ think tank,” the program maintains a database and network of more than 6,600 think tanks in 182 countries.
“In a world filled with tweets and sound bites that are often superficial and politically charged,” said James McGann, director of the TTCSP, “it is critical to know where to turn for sound policy proposals that address our complex policy issues. This independent Index is designed to help identify and recognize the leading centers of excellence in public policy research around the world.”

Remembering the Battle for Manila

Monday, 02 February 2015 00:00 Published in Life Style

"Now but a valley of shudders was Manila, where the famine had become visible as bloated bodies collapsed on the sidewalks."
Thus Nick Joaquin describes the city during the Japanese occupation in World War II, from 1942 to 1945. It was a time of hunger, pillage, rape, massacre and bombing. Children were bayoneted in front of their mothers; bodies hit by flying shrapnel lined the distance from hiding places to artesian wells. Books, paintings and buildings burned to ashes. It was also a time when American internees created zines and comics; Tagalog was used without being described as "malalim"; and music alternated with air raid sirens and radio propaganda.
Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) seeks to recall this period in history with "Manila, My City at War!" a commemorative event for the 70th year of the Battle for Manila from Feb. 3 to March 3 at the Ayala Museum.
The event will consist of a mini conference and exhibit that aim to show the various losses brought about by war. It hopes to open a space for awareness as well as reflection. The Battle for Manila was the war of the present generation's grandparents. What would this generation go to war for, and what would we be willing to risk losing?
To be presented by academics, cultural advocates and war survivors, the mini conference will take place on the Saturdays of February, starting at 2 p.m. "Strategies of War" will cover the military aspects of the month-long Battle for Manila, while "Rising from the Ruins" will discuss the challenges of conserving war-damaged built heritage. "Memories of Love" will recall the Manila of long ago in the lives of its inhabitants, while "Memories of War" will feature stories of survival. "Life Goes On" and "The War on Air" will attempt to reconstruct everyday life and culture in the Japanese occupation.
Speakers include Ricardo Jose, Gemma Cruz, Augusto Villalon, Juvenal Sansó and Nick Deocampo. Among the topics to be discussed are the rise of The Aristocrat, one of the oldest restaurants in the city; Japanese-occupation literature, music, and cinema; and recollections of the battle that ended a three-year period of famine and fighting.
The event will also display a sample of the library's Roderick Hall Collection on World War II, along with artworks, photos, maps, and other artifacts from various sources. The month-long exhibit will open in Feb. 3 with a talk by Roderick Hall. This will be followed by filmmaker Uro de la Cruz's talk on Teodulo Protomartir, "Father of Philippine Photography," whose photos on postwar Manila will be included in the exhibit.
"Manila, My City at War!" will wrap up with a viewing of several documentaries that aim to contextualize the Battle for Manila in the worldwide course of the war, said to be the most extensive in history. A 2014 edition of Marcial P. Lichauco's 1949 memoir, Dear Mother Putnam: Life and Death in Manila During the Japanese Occupation, 1941-1945, will also be on sale during the event. Also to be sold are the memoirs, Manila Memories: Four Boys Remember Their Lives Before, During and After the Japanese Occupation (edited by Juergen R. Goldhagen), Kobe House P.O.W. # 13 (by A.J. Locke), Surviving a Japanese Internment Camp: Life and Liberation at Santo Tomas, Manila, in World War II (by Rupert Wilkinson); and the groundbreaking Japanese Occupation of the Philippines: A Pictorial History (by Ricardo Trota Jose and Lydia Yu-Jose).

Teachers, librarians, students, senior citizens, and FHL-Ayala Museum members are entitled to a discounted rate of P500 for attending all the scheduled talks, while the regular discounted rate is P1,000. The admission fee per day is P300 for regular guests and P150 for teachers, librarians, students, senior citizens, and members. For inquiries and reservation of slots, and to order any of the books for sale, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 759-8288 local 45.

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