Privacy concerns raised over PNP’s human rights app

Victor Barreiro Jr., writing for Rappler;

Privacy-minded Android users may want to steer clear of the recently released Know Your Rights app of the Philippine National Police.

Here’s the post from Art Samaniego Jr.;

Then this Facebook post, focus on the code inside the red line.

Bottom line, why would an informational application need access to your phone and second that “backdoor” string is something that people who wants to install and use the app needs to be aware of.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) launches the new website of LTFRB

The new website looks cleaner than the old one.

It’s unclear what will happen with the old domain (http://ltfrb.gov.ph/) since DOTr registered and use a new one (http://ltfrb.ph.net/) but I assume that after working out the kinks, DOTr will eventually transfer the new site to the old domain (http://ltfrb.gov.ph/).

City Government of Cebu to use Uber’s system to track government vehicles and personnel

Alyza Angeles, writing for Yugatech;

Cebu City Mayor Tomas “Tommy” Osmeña announced today that the City Government of Cebu will be using Uber’s system to track the movement of government vehicles and personnel. The reason? To make sure that these government vehicles are used properly.

Here’s the full text of Cebu City Mayor Tomas “Tommy” Osmeña’s announcement.

Under this program, there will be no more overpriced vehicles with “missing” spare parts. No more “sick” drivers being paid to do nothing. No more fuel stolen from gas tanks. No more red-plate vehicles used to bring employees’ families to the beach or mall. And since Uber and Grab are available to everyone, the prices charged to government can be made very transparent. Overpricing is next to impossible, and employees are tracked wherever they go.

Good job!

Hopefully other LGU and municipalities will follow suit!

Looks like City of Cebu will be utilizing Uber for Business.

GMA, TV5 now airing shows with closed captioning

Carl Lamiel, writing for Yugatech;

Local TV networks GMA and TV5 have started airing shows on their respective channels with closed captioning (CC) or adding soft subtitles as part of implementing rules for a newly-enacted bill which lapsed into a law last year.

Like here in KSA, there should be a way to disable CC from appearing while watching. Can anyone verify this?!

House bills seek to remove libel in Cybercrime Law

Carl Lamiel, writing for Yugatech;

A technical working group (TWG) of the House Committee on Information and Communications Technology chaired by Rep. Victor Yap (3rd District, Tarlac) is now in the process of drafting the bill consolidating House Bills 2096, 6881, 3295 and 6342 authored by Representatives Antonio Tinio (Party-list, ACT Teachers), Yap, Evelina Escudero (1st District, Sorsogon) and Rodel Batocabe (Party-list, AKO Bicol), respectively, which all aim to repeal of Section Sec. 4(c)4 and amendment of Sections 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 28 of RA 10175 in their respective bills.

DOST set to deploy hybrid electric road train in General Santos City

Newsbytes Ph;

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said General Santos City in Mindanao is set to test-run the Hybrid Electric Road Train (HERT) developed by Filipino engineers from the Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC).

The 40-meter long road train is expected to hit the highways of GenSan this October. It successfully concluded its trial run in Cebu City last February 2017.

The train consists of five interlinked air-conditioned coaches that can hold up to 240 passengers per trip and is expected to provide technological solutions to urban transport concerns like traffic congestion of which General Santos City is currently facing.

It is mainly designed for roads and not for rails thus the Hybrid Electric Road Train (HERT) only run a maximum speed of 50kph.

LTFRB wants taxi fares at par with Uber rates

Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez, reporting for GMA News;

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has “unanimously agreed” to increase taxi fares, making it “at par” with the rates of transport network company Uber, Chairman Martin Delgra III said Wednedsay.

It appears that LTFRB totally miss the point as to why commuters are favoring Uber and TNVS (transport network vehicle services), taxi in Metro Manila obviously lower than the rate of Uber but people still prefer Uber over taxis, heck I prefer Uber over taxis.

It more about the overall service that TNVS provides to its riders, the friendly drivers, convenience in booking and most of all they don’t refuse any commuters/riders.

Chairman Martin Delgra III added, an increase in taxi fares would hopefully solve the problem of “underutilization” of cabs.

Good luck with that!

Senate passes Philippine Innovation Act on final reading

Newsbytes Ph;

The Senate passed on Tuesday, May 2, a bill which seeks to adopt innovation as a vital component of the country’s development and use it to promote the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises, through programs and initiatives which include the creation of a new interagency national innovation council.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, principal author of Senate Bill No. 1355, otherwise known as the Philippine Innovation Act, said the measure seeks to make innovation a major driver of economic growth in accordance with the Ambisyon Natin 2040 long-term plan laid out by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).

Philippines’ build.gov.ph portal now online

Extra;

The Philippine Infrastructure Transparency Portal, build.gov.ph is now online. The portal is managed by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority.

The main feature of the portal is that it list down the Government’s current infrastructure project, the implementing agency, its cost, starting date and status. The Build Build Build Portal also has different sections like News, Success Stories, Videos and more.

Department of Agriculture to talk to Pres. Duterte to take over Project NOAH

Emmanuel Pinol Agriculture Secretary just announced on Facebook that they want to take over Project NOAH. Hopefully, Project NOAH will have a new lease under the Department of Agriculture.

I just cannot see why would the Government kill a useful tool like Project NOAH, specially with the strong Typhoons that are “visiting” the country. Unless of course they plan to replace it with a better “tool”.

DOST Project NOAH in danger due to lack of funds

Carl Lamiel, writing for Yugatech;

The Department of Science and Technology’s real-time weather platform called Project NOAH is in danger of being terminated due to lack of funds, according to local news.

It’s sad to see a project as essential as Project NOAH be terminated just because their not included in the priority list of the Government.