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Group-debuts-TelePresence-in-RPGroup debuts ‘TelePresence’ in RP

PLDT teams up with Cisco, Tata Comms
By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 16:16:00 03/31/2009

Filed Under: Technology (general), Internet

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Long Distance Co. (PLDT) partnered with Cisco and Tata Communications to bring the first commercial telepresence technology in the country, officials said.

Telepresence combines high-definition video conferencing technology with spatial audio conferencing. It offers life-like, face-to-face virtual meetings for users, according to Stephen Thomas Misa, country manager of Cisco Philippines.
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Comelec en banc to discuss relaxed bid terms

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 13:14:00 03/31/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010, Technology (general)

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc would decide whether or not it would seek formal opinion from the General Procurement and Policy Board (GPPB) on the relaxed eligibility requirement for bidders of the 2010 poll automation project, an official said Tuesday.

In an interview, Comelec Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) chairman Ferdinand Rafanan said a meeting would discuss bidder Indra Systems’ suggestion to get ruling from the GPBB on the amended eligibility terms.

“Whether or not we will seek legal or formal opinion from GPPB [in support of our amendment], nasa amin iyon (it is for us to decide) because the SBAC crafted the amendment according to the law,” said Rafanan.

Rafanan said Section 22.5.3 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 9184 noted that “the Comelec has the authority to amend the bid documents until April 20, a week before the opening of the bids and this is unilateral.”

“To qualify, a bidder must have a previous contract worth P5.6 billion in the last three years and this is restricted to IT projects only because it must be similar in nature to the Comelec automation project. Mabigat na requirement ito (This is a heavy requirement) so we try to prevent failure of bidding or monopoly resulting from these,” Rafanan added.

During last week’s pre-bid conference, Rafanan has said that for a firm to join the automation bid, “it must be in existence for at least three consecutive years prior to advertisement of the contract and has completed three projects similar in magnitude and nature with a total amount equal to half of the P11.2 billion, of which the largest contract is 25 percent of the total amount of the Comelec automation project.”

The original eligibility terms, said Rafanan, required bidders “to have a previous contract similar in magnitude and nature amounting to half of P11.2 billion amount of the Comelec automation project.”

Also during the pre-bid conference, Indra Systems counsel Aris Batuhan said while the company respects the amendment, they urged the SBAC to get advice from the Comelec en banc on whether to get a GPPB ruling on amendments to the eligibility requirements.

Batuhan said having GPPB support the SBAC decision “will prevent any litigation that may delay the project.”

In a separate interview, Comelec Advisory Council chairman Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua III said seeking a formal GPPB ruling on the eligibility amendment “will give SBAC some protection against litigation.”

“Of course, while a GPPB ruling [on the eligibility amendment] will not prevent anyone from filing legal challenges in the future, it will provide SBAC a better defense,” said Roxas-Chua III, who also chairs the Commission on Information and Communications Technology.

Terms of the relaxed eligibility were published in the third supplemental bid bulletin approved by the en banc and promulgated on March 24.

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Group seeks voter’s registration extension

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 14:41:00 03/30/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Youth group Kabataang Pinoy urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday to extend the deadline of voters’ registration from October to December to accommodate more youth voters, an official said.

In the petition letter filed Monday, Kabataang Pinoy secretary general Vencer Crisostomo said the poll automation should not be used as a reason to move the deadline of voter’s registration to October.
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Comelec adopts transparent bid guidelines

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 19:52:00 03/27/2009

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections

MANILA,Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) has decided to adopt bidding guidelines proposed by the Comelec Advisory Council (CAC), an official said.

“The SBAC decided to adopt in toto the guidelines for the procurement process promulgated in the CAC Resolution released in February. The recommendations are good and will promote transparency of the procurement process,” SBAC chairman Ferdinand Rafanan told bidders during the pre-bid conference Friday.
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Comelec guidelines of Advisory Council

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 19:52:00 03/27/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA,Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) has decided to adopt bidding guidelines proposed by the Comelec Advisory Council (CAC), an official said.

“The SBAC decided to adopt in toto the guidelines for the procurement process promulgated in the CAC Resolution released in February. The recommendations are good and will promote transparency of the procurement process,” SBAC chairman Ferdinand Rafanan told bidders during the pre-bid conference Friday.
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MANILA, Philippines – Bayan Muna Representative Teodoro Casiño slams plans by the Commission on Elections to use 80,000 precinct count optical scan machines to automate the 2010 elections, adding that the project cost is too ‘steep a rice’. Video report by INQUIRER.net reporter Anna Valmero.
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Global power consumption to double by 2050

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 16:52:00 03/27/2009

Filed Under: Computing & Information Technology, Technology (general)

MANILA, Philippines—Global power consumption would increase two-fold by 2050, an executive said.

Energy demands of consumers who use numerous devices, such as personal digital assistant, mobile phones or laptops, are driving the steep rise in power use in the futre, said David Plumer, president of Asia-Pacific and Japan Region, critical power and cooling services business unit of Schneider Electric.
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