Archives: Government

Starlink by Elon Musk now in the Philippines

May 28, 2022 by onlineph | Comments Off on Starlink by Elon Musk now in the Philippines | Filed in Government, Internet, Technology
Starlink in Philippines

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has approved the application of Starlink Internet Services Philippines Inc. owned by American tech billionaire Elon Musk.

In the statement, the NTC said they have approved Starlink as a Value-Added Service (VAS) provider.

Starlink is part of Musk’s company’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. low earth orbit (LEO) satellite internet technology. Readmore

COMELEC to have ‘Live Test Run’ for OFW online voting

June 25, 2021 by onlineph | Comments Off on COMELEC to have ‘Live Test Run’ for OFW online voting | Filed in Government, Internet, Public Service, Technology
online voting

The Commission on Elections announced that it has entered into an agreement or memorandum of agreement (MOA), with the two companies that will conduct “live test runs.” It will try to vote through the internet to be used by Filipinos abroad during the election.

In a statement, Atty. Rowena Guanzon, commissioner-in-charge for overseas voting, who will begin such a live test run in July. Readmore

Lazada considers banning small sellers

September 4, 2020 by onlineph | Comments Off on Lazada considers banning small sellers | Filed in Business, Government, Internet, Technology

As one of the country’s biggest online shopping platform, Lazada is pondering to forbid small sellers along with food and drug vendors following the Senate Panel’s hearing about the sales of fake goods on the app.

On a statement by Lazada Chief Executive Officer Ray Alimurung, he stated that they will probably consider not to allow small retailers and the pharmaceutical category will be removed. Readmore

Commission on Audit flags ‘overpriced’ PhilHealth IT project

August 5, 2020 by onlineph | Comments Off on Commission on Audit flags ‘overpriced’ PhilHealth IT project | Filed in Business, Government, Health, Internet, Tax, Technology
philhealth-laptop

An officer of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation has revealed that the head of the state-run agency and its high-ranking officials had an authorization on the approval of purchasing overpriced IT equipment and software.

During the Senate’s investigation yesterday, Philhealth board member Alejandro Cabading said on his testimony that the firms’ President and CEO Ricardo Morales had a hand on endorsing the questionable budget even though the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) did not give consent since most of the items were redundant and the amount they approve reach up to 400%. Readmore

Shopping online? House Panel okays 12% VAT on digital service providers

July 31, 2020 by onlineph | Comments Off on Shopping online? House Panel okays 12% VAT on digital service providers | Filed in Government, Internet, Tax, Technology
digital service providers

Shopping online and watching your favorite shows on Netflix will be pricier soon as the House Committee on Ways and Means approves the bill seeking to charge 12% Value Added Tax (VAT) on several local and foreign companies that provide goods thru digital platforms such as Lazada, Shopee, Zalora, and Spotify among others. Readmore

DOTr installed bike lanes on various railway stations

July 24, 2020 by onlineph | Comments Off on DOTr installed bike lanes on various railway stations | Filed in Government, LTO, Public Service, Travel
LRT, MRT, PNR install bicycle racks

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has started setting up the bicycle racks at the stations of Light Rail Transit (LRT) -1, LRT-2, Philippine National Railways (PNR), and Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-3.

With the limited public transport under the strict quarantine measures imposed in the country, commuters thought of an alternative way enable to transport from one place to another thru riding a bike. According to DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, he supports the establishment of bicycle lanes as this transportation mode helps in promoting healthy lifestyle and a clean environment. Readmore

National ID System to hasten issuance of DSWD subsidies

June 17, 2020 by onlineph | Comments Off on National ID System to hasten issuance of DSWD subsidies | Filed in DSWD, Government, Public Service

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) stated that the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) will be a huge help for them to have an organized and effective distribution of social services.

According to DSWD Undersecretary Camilo Gudmalin, they will be able to have proper identification of beneficiaries and it can lessen manipulation and duplication of demands and assistance. Readmore