Digital Governance Awardees for 2020

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), through its ICT Industry Development Bureau (IIDB), in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) implemented the Digital Governance Awards (DGA) 2020. The DGA is an annual search for best practices of Local Government Units (LGUs) inContinue reading “Digital Governance Awardees for 2020”

Ubiquity Reaches 7 in Bacolod City

One of my happy moments as a a digital jobs advocate for the countryside was the coming of Ubiquity Global Services (UGS), is a multinational services organization offering customer management solutions, risk management operations and interactive voice response (IVR) solutions based in New York City. Founded in 2012, Ubiquity provides outsourcing services including call centers, digital correspondence services, knowledge processContinue reading “Ubiquity Reaches 7 in Bacolod City”

More Serious Global Risks Perceived After Pandemic

Full Text of the Global Risks Report 2021 The immediate human and economic cost of COVID-19 is severe, but this is just the beginning of more serious global risks as stated in the recently released 16th edition of Global Risks Report (GRR) by the World Economic Forum (WEF). In the WEF statement October last year,Continue reading “More Serious Global Risks Perceived After Pandemic”


FROM ATTY. JOCELLE BATAPA – SIGUE I have been silent for three days since the major technical glitch of the Bacolod Barter Community (BBC) happened this week because as founder, together with all the moderators – we are deeply affected by this development. But despite our sadness, we know that we need to be transparentContinue reading “AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE BACOLOD BARTER COMMUNITY”

Sa Barter May Kindness, Sa On-line May Classes: Five Inspiring Stories of Young Negrenses

Young Bacolodnons and Negrenses all need to face the harsh realities of a world seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic along with million of young people around the world. They are left with no choice but to strike balance between adapting to the so-called New Normal and still remain optimistic and determined to pursue theirContinue reading “Sa Barter May Kindness, Sa On-line May Classes: Five Inspiring Stories of Young Negrenses”

Joint Statement of All Barter Communities

GLOBAL BARTER COMMUNITIES Joint Statement of All Barter Communities July 14, 2020 It is with painful sadness and frustration that we read the news today about the plan of of Secretary Ramon Lopez of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to “hunt” due to violation of laws the over 1 Million Filipinos in theContinue reading “Joint Statement of All Barter Communities”


By Jocelle Batapa-Sigue Initial Process: Identify and and empower key stakeholders to come together and ideate an initial recovery mission plan based on available resources, data, time and targets. Three major areas – HEALTH, ECONOMY and SECURITY Strenghten and Fortify Public Health Data and Delivery System to detect, isolate, treat, and trace accross all sectorsContinue reading “DESIGN THINKING METRICS FOR RECOVERY”

The Positive Lessons You Can Teach Your Children From Bartering

JUNE 3, 2020 Bacolod Barter Community – The Positive Lessons You Can Teach Your Children From BarteringIts always better to give than to receive. – Erma Calopez Barter with kindness and not with the price of your items. – Bain Elemental “One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure” – Azrael Lopez Not be Demanding forContinue reading “The Positive Lessons You Can Teach Your Children From Bartering”

Digital Barter: Kindness without borders

An idea whose time has come again. The barter trade dates back to more than 6000 BC but today mode than 8000 years later, it has become part of what the pandemic-stricken world calls as New Normal. Last March 15, 2020, Bacolod City was among the cities in the Philippines that was covered by theContinue reading “Digital Barter: Kindness without borders”

The New Normal

HIGHEST OR MAXIMUM PUBLIC HEALTH STANDARDS and GRADUAL EASING of Enhanced Community Quarantine subject to strategic general conditions: CITIZEN-CENTRIC STRATEGY 1. With strictest quarantine for all COVID-19 vulnerable sectors identified by global experts subject to valid exemptions (school, work or emergency) such as but not limited to – – Minors or persons who are deemedContinue reading “The New Normal”