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PAL to Offer More Domestic Routes, Frequencies Starting Oct. 1



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Flag carrier Philippine Airlines will expand its domestic routes and frequencies beginning Oct. 1 until Dec. 15, 2017, the airline said Wednesday.

Passengers can look forward to more inter-regional connections to Clark, Davao and Cebu.

PAL President and Chief Operations Officer Jaime Bautista said the new offers aim to ensure connectivity of Filipino and foreign travelers to various regions in the country.

Starting Oct. 1, passengers can access central and northern Luzon via flights between Clark and Basco. This will be available four times weekly.

PR2688 will operate every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, departing Clark at 11:45 a.m. and arriving Basco at 1:30 p.m. Return flight PR 2689 leaves Basco at 2 p.m. on the same days and touches down in Clark at 3:45 p.m.

Also on Oct. 1, PAL will operate additional daily Clark-Busuanga and Clark-Caticlan flights.

The airline will offer additional connections within Mindanao starting November 1. Aside from enhancing the Davao-Tagbilaran route, passengers can look forward to Davao-Cagayan De Oro and Davao-Zamboanga routes

PR2372 departs Davao four times weekly (Mondays/Wednesdays/ Fridays/Sundays) at 12:05 p.m. and arrives in Tagbilaran at 1:20 p.m. Return flight PR2373 leaves Tagbilaran on the same days at 1:50 p.m. and touches down in Davao at 3:05 p.m.

PR2591 departs Davao thrice weekly (Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays) at 12:05 p.m. and arrives in Zamboanga at 1:25 p.m.; return flight PR2592 leaves Zamboanga on the same days at 1:55 p.m. and touches down in Davao at 3:15PM.

PR2315, on the other hand, departs Cagayan de Oro daily at 10:40 a.m. and arrives in Davao at 11:35 a.m. Return flight PR2316 leaves Davao daily at 3:45 p.m. and touches down Cagayan de Oro at 4:40 p.m.

PAL will start offering enhanced connections between central Visayas and northern Mindanao and in Southern Luzon via Cebu-Ozamis, Cebu-Siargao, Cebu-Camiguin and Cebu-Legaspi flights on Dec. 1..

Departures from Cebu via PR 2893 will be at 7:30 a.m. and will arrive in Ozamiz at 8:30 a.m. PR2894 departs Ozamiz at 9 a.m. and arrives in Cebu at 10 a.m.

PR 2373 leaves Cebu at 10:30 a.m. and arrives in Siargao at 11:30 a.m.; PR2374 departs at 12 noon and touches down in Cebu at 1 p.m.

PR 2929 leaves Cebu at 11:20 a.m. and arrives in Camiguin at 12:10 p.m.; PR2930 departs at 12:30 p.m. and touches down in Cebu at 1:20 p.m.

For Cebu-Legaspi flights, departures will be at 1:30 p.m. and arrivals at 2:40 p.m. Return flights leave at 3:10 p.m. and will touch down at 4:20 p.m.

There will also be additional daily Cebu-Caticlan flights starting Dec. 1, according to PAL.

Meanwhile, starting Dec. 15, those in Central Luzon can have direct links to Visayas via Clark-Bacolod and Clark-Tagbilaran flights.

PR859 will operate four times weekly (Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Sundays), departing Clark at 7 a.m. and arriving in Bacolod at 8:15 a.m. Return flight PR860 leaves Bacolod on the same days at 8:45 a.m. and touches down in Clark at 10:00 a.m.

PR2871 departs Clark daily at 3 p.m. and arrives in Tagbilaran at 4:20 p.m. Return flight PR2872 leaves Tagbilaran daily at 6:40 a.m. and touches down in Clark at 8 a.m.

PAL said it will also link Clark to Cagayan De Oro starting Dec. 15. PR833 takes off from Clark at 6:30 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and arrives in Cagayan De Oro at 8:10 a.m. Return flight PR834 departs on the same days at 8:50 a.m. and touches down at 10:30 a.m. (PR/PNA)

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MCCI Welcomes New Trustees, Members



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The Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomed a new set of trustees in an oath-taking ceremony on Jan. 25 at Maayo Hotel Corp. in Mandaue City. The Chamber also inducted at least 34 new member-companies.  

Stanley Go, vice president for sales and marketing of Virginia Food Inc., is the new MCCI president.


“I want to thank the Chamber’s Board of Trustees for their confidence in my ability to navigate and steer MCCI to the direction that it needs to go to contribute significantly to the prosperity of our members who are themselves important engines of economic growth,” said Go.

He added that he will cherish the Chamber’s trust and support in his vision and drive to make the Chamber more relevant to its members.


“As we strengthen the linkages we have established over the years, I hope to increase our membership base from 300 to 500 by the end of 2018,” he said.


Steven Yu, chairman and chief executive officer of Alliance Pacific Resources Corporation, is MCCI vice president for internal affairs. Edgar Allan Po, assistant manager of Winner Plastic Product Corporation, is MCCI vice president for external affairs. Romelinda Cruz-Garces, communication officer of San Miguel Brewery Inc., is the MCCI secretary. Amado Go, president of Cenapro Chemical Corporation, is the MCCI treasurer. Michelle Co-Lin, RBG VisMin-Business Center head of CTBC Bank, is the auditor.

The MCCI’s new Board of Trustees is composed of Glenn Anthony Soco, president and chief operating officer (COO) of GA Satellite Venture; Wilson Ng, president of Ng Khai Development Corporation; Vicky Dy, managing director of Adnetwork Corporation; Alice Uy, proprietor of Jace Handicrafts International; Barbara Gothong-Tan, president and chief executive officer of A.D. Gothong Manufacturing Corp.; Mark Anthony Ynoc, general manager of San Remigio Properties; John King, managing director of King’s Quality Food Inc.; Donato Busa, president of DMC Busa Printers; and Beverly Dayanan, president and COO of Contempo Property.

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Google Announces Intent to Acquire Xively



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Today, Google has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Xively, a division of LogMeIn, Inc.

By 2020, it’s estimated that about 20 billion connected things will come online, and analytics and data storage in the cloud are now the cornerstone of any successful IoT solution. This acquisition, subject to closing conditions, will complement Google Cloud’s effort to provide a fully managed IoT service that easily and securely connects, manages, and ingests data from globally dispersed devices. With the addition of Xively’s robust, enterprise-ready IoT platform, we can accelerate our customers’ timeline from IoT vision to product, as they look to build their connected business.

Through this acquisition, Cloud IoT Core will gain deep IoT technology and engineering expertise, including Xively’s advanced device management, messaging, and dashboard capabilities. Our customers will benefit from Xively’s extensive feature set and flexible device management platform, paired with the security and scale of Google Cloud. With Google Cloud’s deep leadership in data analytics and machine learning, our customers will also be uniquely positioned to build turnkey IoT solutions and focus on business value creation.

We look forward to sharing more details after close—stay tuned!

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Firms Urged to Strengthen Cyber Security



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With a weak cyber security, a company is putting itself at high risk of losing revenue and reputation. It can also make the company vulnerable to sensitive data theft and costly lawsuits.

For these reasons, firms are urged to build up its capability to protect their cyberspace or outsource a reliable company with a cyber security approach that is predictive, responsive, preventive, and detective.

“Traditional security measures are necessary but are not enough for the survival of an organization,” said ePLDT chief information security officer Angel Redoble. “Even if you have the basic setup for your company’s cyber security, you will be spending money and still putting the company at risk.”

Redoble was one of the speakers during the Seminar on Cyber Security and Data Privacy Law organized by PLDT Enterprise and the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) at Maayo Hotel on Jan. 25. Other speakers were Assistant Secretary Geronimo Sy of the Department of Justice, PNPISP Leo Deofiles, chief of the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Office-Central Visayas.

While cyber attacks are becoming more “intelligent and sophisticated” every year, many firms still do not have a strong understanding of their cyber posture and many organizations take long to discover a breach.

“Businesses need to protect its internal and external information. The longer you detect and resolve a cyber attack, the bigger the damage. The challenge is to respond quickly and efficiently. How fast can you respond and recover?” Redoble said.

He explained that cyber attacks are driven by different motivations, such as for personal or corporate gains, organization funding, and economic superiority.

But when companies implement cyber security, they are faced with the complexities it brings, including people, process, and technology, larger network, BYOD (bring your own device), and siloed IT. Also, deployment can make it difficult to implement cyber security across organizations.

Cyber security, according to Redoble, also needs the right people with the right expertise. Yet companies are having difficulties recruiting the required talent. This could be attributed to lack of solid educational programs on cyber security, among others.

With the way cyber attacks are becoming elaborate every year, Redoble urged firms to face the facts.

He said that attackers also have access to most or all the defensive tools and tactics of enterprise defenders and that defenders lack platform, authority, and resources to fully control and protect the systems and data they are responsible for. He also questioned the capability of security teams to monitor round-the-clock traffic and attacks.

“Cyber security is not just about technology and computers. It involves people, information systems, culture and physical surroundings, and technology. It creates a secure environment where business can remain resilient in the event of a cyber attack,” he said.

During the seminar, MCCI President Stanley Go raised the suggestion for the Chamber to work with PLDT in conducting a “cyber security audit” for its member-companies.

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‘Super Consortium’ Eyes NAIA Transformation into a Regional Hub




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Seven major conglomerates formally formed Tuesday a consortium that vows to transform the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) into a regional airport hub.

The NAIA Consortium was formed following the submission of its unsolicited proposal to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to transform the NAIA into a regional airport hub and to ensure that the NAIA would have the capacity to meet the continued growth in passenger traffic from the strong economies of the Philippines and the region.

Aboitiz InfraCapital, Inc., AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation, Alliance Global Group Inc., AEDC, Filinvest Development Corporation, JG Summit Holdings, Inc. and Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, the seven partners that have a combined capitalization of over PHP2.2 trillion, also signed a memorandum of agreement formalizing the consortium.

With one of the world’s premier airport operators, Changi Airports International Pte. Ltd., engaged to provide technical support in the areas of master planning, operations optimization and commercial development, the group is committed to the development of a modern airport complex that will meet the long-term passenger demand at NAIA.

The project is estimated to cost up to PHP350 billion.

The consortium’s proposal supports the government’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ program with its plan to develop NAIA into a world-class facility and a regional air transport hub by upgrading its airside, landside, and air navigation support. This builds on the gains already achieved by the DOTR in terms of improving the traffic of aircraft movements on its runways.

The project is divided into two phases – Phase 1 includes improvements and expansion of terminals in the current NAIA land area, while Phase 2 involves the development of an additional runway, taxiways, passenger terminals and associated support infrastructure.

“Through this proposal, we envision a new NAIA: a fully-integrated premier gateway that we Filipinos can truly be proud of, backed by the know-how of an experienced technical partner and the strong synergy of seven homegrown teams. The message is clear: we need this, and we can get this done,” said consortium spokesperson Jose Emmanuel Reverente.

He added that the proposal includes a people mover that would link all three terminals and connect NAIA to the existing mass transport system in Metro Manila, as well as an option for a third runway.

“The proposal involves expanding and interconnecting the existing terminals of NAIA, upgrading airside facilities, and developing commercial facilities to increase airline and airport efficiencies, enhance passenger comfort and experience, and improve public perception of NAIA as the country’s premier international gateway,” Reverente said.

Passenger traffic to NAIA is expected to continue to grow significantly over the coming years and the existing runway configuration may be unable to accommodate the future flows. Construction of the additional runway will ensure the ability of NAIA to serve as Manila’s gateway for years to come, bringing potential capacity up to 100 million passengers per year.

The upgrades will elevate NAIA to the level of major regional airports such as Changi in Singapore and Suvarnabhumi in Bangkok, and will become a viable transit hub for the ASEAN region.

“Given the full support and commitment of each of the seven consortium members and the existing infrastructure already in place, the project implementation can be expedited. Immediate enhancements and capacity upgrades can be expected within a couple of years, followed by further expansion to be completed shortly after,” Reverente added.

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