Globe’s 917Ventures announced that it expects its portfolio company, telemedicine provider KonsultaMD, to follow the footsteps of sister company Mynt in the coming years.
In a virtual discussion held on November 10, the Globe affiliate shared that it is bent on growing health tech services in the country, given the rising demand for remote medical access because of convenience, affordability, and safety.
“We’ve had high hopes for KonsultaMD even before the pandemic. We saw it as a way to address the pain points in Philippine healthcare, which was suffering from a lack of healthcare professionals, inadequate health infrastructure, and limited accessibility, not to mention the high cost of medical consultation,” said Vince Yamat, 917Ventures Managing Director.
He added: “People were wary of using the service before as they are used to traditional face-to-face consultations, but with the pandemic, things have changed. Telehealth has become an important innovation that will stay and evolve.”
Less than two years into the global health crisis, medical consultations through the KonsultaMD app already skyrocketed to 1,549% versus pre-pandemic. Likewise, the service has reached over one million members who enjoy 24/7 unlimited access to licensed doctors via voice or video call for as low as P60 a month.
“Our situation has taken away the reluctance of many Filipinos to try telehealth services. People are looking for ways to stay safe from the virus while our hospitals are overwhelmed with patients. KonsultaMD has become a platform that connects Filipinos to much-needed medical consults for non-emergency cases,” said Cholo Tagaysay, CEO of KonsultaMD.
Tagaysay is confident that even after the pandemic, the public’s behavior of consulting with a doctor via voice or video will remain if the current trend is an indication. He noted that even when COVID-19 cases subsided early this year, teleconsults continued to grow as people realized the advantages of using the service and going digital.
Aside from being affordable, safe, and convenient, teleconsultation encourages the practice of raising medical concerns while they are still at an early stage instead of waiting until the condition worsens. KonsultaMD members can consult with doctors specializing in different fields — from general medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, rehabilitation medicine, mental health support (counseling and psychotherapy), psychiatry, dermatology, ophthalmology, dentistry, ENT, and surgery.
Likewise, KonsultaMD provides digital management of health consultation records and issuance of medical documents such as e-prescriptions, e-laboratory requests, e-referrals, and e-medical certificates.
917Ventures, as Globe’s corporate venture builder, plays a significant role in the company’s journey to becoming a digital solutions group. It is set to participate in the Philippine Startup Week from Nov 15 – 19 to share learnings and developments among their different ventures within the startup community. The company is also looking for talents and startups who may want to be part of the country’s biggest corporate venture builder.
Aside from GCash and KonsultaMD, other portfolio companies under 917Ventures are online grocery shopping platform Purego, loyalty, and e-commerce solution RUSH, end-to-end digital advertising agency AdSpark, primary care aggregator HealthNow, multi-channel communication services m360, and self-service AI-powered merchant dashboard Inquiro. 917Ventures also has investments in online learning platform Edventure, fan marketplace Fanlife, online IT boot camp KodeGo, and online seller platform BentaTV.
The Globe Group strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 9, highlighting the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development. The company also champions the UN Global Compact principles and contributes to 10 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
For more information about 917Ventures, visit here.
Huawei to bring digital skills to more Filipino students
More opportunities will appear for further growth through ICT, as new technologies like 5G, AI, and IoT.
With the Students joining the program with outstanding output, Huawei Philippines successfully held the 7th Seeds for the Future program this year, making the program benefit over 200 students in the Philippines. The Undersecretary of DICT Arnold Ali Atienza, Undersecretary of DOST Renato Solidum, together with university heads and Seeds Alumni joined the Closing ceremony on Friday.
Undersecretary of DICT Arnold Ali Atienza, gave his remarks to the program, “I highly laud Huawei’s Seeds for the Future Program. The sincerity of Huawei’s intention to eliminate the digital divide cannot be more apparent and clearly manifested in ways other than by providing useful training programs to contribute to ICT talent development and provide the technical skills needed in the industry. As Huawei aptly puts it, the Seeds for the Future Program is their way of sharing their innovation and technology to hopefully support the requirements of the Philippine ICT Industry and nurture the development of the local ICT Talent ecosystem.”
“Congratulate you our dear scholars for having embarked on this grand adventure of personal and professional growth and we always cherish with fondness the memories of this journey and may you also never forget the excitement you felt when offered this proverbial seed and saw the boundless potential contained therein.” Undersecretary of DOST Renato Solidum shared his hopes to the students, “ I would like to express our deepest appreciation with our colleagues and friends at Huawei for helping us in our long term vision to provide world-class, scientific, technological, and innovative solutions towards high productivity and better quality of Life”, “Huawei’s commitment to developing skilled local ICT talents is laudable especially because how it bridges communication in between countries and cultures in a time we needed it most.”
During this special time, as pointed out by the World Economic Forum, ICT made it “possible to create value – as seen in remote work, remote healthcare, and remote education – particularly from the perspective of inclusivity.” More opportunities will appear for further growth through ICT, as new technologies like 5G, AI, and IoT becomes more widely applied in the new world.
With the vision to bring digital to every person, home, and organization for a fully connected and intelligent world. “This is the reason behind Seeds for the Future program,” Huawei Philippines Vice President Daniel Guo said during the closing ceremony of Seeds in the Future 2021, “It’s our great pleasure to offer more opportunities for ICT talents, to help students in the Philippines become better equipped, to take advantage of the opportunities in digital technology, and nurture the development of the country’s ICT ecosystem.”
Seeds for the Future program launched in 2015 here in the Philippines, has covered more than 200 Filipino students in the past seven years. The ICT Academy started in 2018 in the country, has covered more than 50 Philippine universities, over 9600 students joined the course.
Besides, aiming to pave the way for more ICT talents, Huawei also signed MoU with DICT to offer Huawei Certification Courses in emerging technologies such as AI, Big Data, Cloud service, etc, to help reach a bigger audience and promote digital learning, and widen the ICT Pipeline for sustained and inclusive growth.
Huawei Philippines will continue to devote itself to the education section, bringing digital skills to more Filipinos towards building a sustainable world.
Globe GoWiFi widens its reach to over 3,700 locations
More Filipinos to gain access to an affordable and stable internet connection in public areas.
With the intensifying need of Filipinos to have access to an affordable and stable internet connection in public areas, Globe Telecom answers the call by expanding its GoWiFi service to over 3,700 locations nationwide.
“We are happy to be at the forefront of digitalization in the country through innovative WiFi solutions that will cater to everyone’s online needs. And right now, we stand by this mission as Free GoWiFi becomes available in over 3,700 sites nationwide,” said Janis Nathalie Racpan, Globe Business Development, and Marketing Director.
She added, “Furthermore, as the times taught us that connection is one of the most valuable things, we hope that you not only stay connected but find more meaningful connections through GoWiFi.”
The said expansion covers the local government units, supermarkets, hospitals, schools, and airports. Some of which are:
- Quezon City Hall
- Mandaluyong City Hall
- Bacoor City Hall
- Puerto Galera City Hall
- Davao City Hall
- Antipolo City Hall
- Select Robinsons Supermarkets
- Select Puregold branches
- Select Shopwise branches
- Kidapawan Doctors Hospital Inc.
- Quezon City General Hospital
- Rizal Provincial Hospital Annex I-IV
- Saint Vincent General Hospital – Cebu
- Cebu North General Hospital
- Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital
Currently, GoWiFi is available in select branches of major shopping malls like Ayala Malls, Megaworld Malls, SM Supermalls, Robinsons Malls; in coffee shops like Starbucks; in transport terminals such as Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT); and in airports namely the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (Clark International Airport), Puerto Princesa International Airport (New Terminal), and more.
To connect to GoWiFi, you just open the WiFi Settings of your WiFi-enabled device. Then, connect to “@FreeGoWiFi” or “@<establishment>_FreeGoWiFi.” Afterward, register your mobile number, and wait for the SMS verification. Next, select a WiFi offer, confirm, and then start surfing.
On top of this, a distinct part of the general public who are Globe and TM subscribers won’t only enjoy daily minutes of free internet but can also continue their online activities conveniently because of GoSurf and EasySurf bundle promos. These bundles come along with 1GB of Free GoWiFi.
To maximize your free 1GB from GoSurf and EasySurf, tap open the WiFi settings of your device. Look for “@GoSurf_FreeWiFi” or “@EasySurf_FreeWiFi.” Then, register your mobile number and wait for the SMS verification. Lastly, confirm and start browsing.
The internet has become an essential part of people’s daily lives, especially during the pandemic. Indeed, Globe’s GoWiFi is the pathway for more people to stay connected.
To know more about GoWiFi, visit Globe GoWiFi online today.
Huawei Philippines launches Seeds For The Future 2021
Huawei wants to introduce new technologies like 5G, AI, and Cloud computing to students.
Huawei Philippines launches the 7th Seeds for the Future program today, over 100 students in the Philippines joined the program this year. Secretary of Foreign Affairs Department, Chairman of Commission on Higher Education in the Philippines, Chancellor of University of the Philippines, Professors and students from 20 universities joined the opening ceremony.
Teodoro Locsin, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Department, gave a speech during the event and said that “As the world becomes more digital, Huawei has seen it fit not only to be business for profit but also to make the building of a better future it’s business. In 2008, it took this commitment to another level by launching its flagship CSR Program – Huawei Seeds for the Future. Now, this Digital Spark has spread exponentially to make a difference in the lives of almost 9,000 beneficiaries worldwide.”
“Seeds for the Future aptly named as such has been spreading and cultivating ICT expertise across the global expanse. Its beneficiaries are able to acquire ICT Knowledge firsthand while collectively building their network of ICT talents. I am glad that this program has reached the Philippines in 2015, more than 100 Filipinos have benefited from the program and are now making tangible contributions to our ICT industry. I extend my warmest congratulations to Huawei for the remarkable success of Seeds for the Future and to its new crop of talents. I have high hopes that this program will continue to soar higher to make a difference in the lives of many and to build a better future for us all.” Secretary Locsin said.
“Huawei Philippines Seeds for the Future program became one of the most awaited events by our aspiring ICT experts. The 2021 program will not just stimulate the minds of our students but more importantly will give them the chance to share their learnings with their peers, which in the long run can evolve in a more immersive, inclusive, and robust ICT ecosystem.” De Vera, Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education gave his remarks during the opening ceremony,” We are with you in your goal to achieve digital inclusion and promote prosperous tech industry by setting the standards for the rest to follow.”
“Huawei Philippines Seeds for the Future Program are important and timely for they introduce to our student’s new technologies like 5G, AI, and Cloud computing to help them enhance their knowledge, capabilities, and skills.” Fidel Nemenzo, Chancellor of the University of the Philippines stated, “For you, young students, my hope is that you use the knowledge and skills from programs such as this to help solve some of our country’s problems. I challenge you to be the generation that will re-imagine and build a new world, one that is resilient, sustainable, and inclusive.”
Information and communications technologies (ICT) have become the crucial growth engine for many different industries. The pandemic has also opened our eyes to the importance of ICT in all aspects of our lives, and digital transformation is necessary to ensure that we survive the challenges brought upon by Covid-19.
New ICT technologies like 5G, AI, and IoT will be widely applied in the next decade, they will become the cornerstone of the intelligent world in 2030. Countries with a good ICT foundation will be more resilient and can easily respond to disruption, while talent will drive industries to go digital.
As an ICT leader, Huawei is committed to promoting ICT industry development in the Philippines.
Jay Chen, vice president of Huawei Asia Pacific Region, said that Huawei has announced to extend the digital talent cultivation initiatives even further. Over the next 5 years, Huawei has committed another $50 million USD to develop 500 thousand ICT talents in the Asia Pacific, through several programs including Seeds for the Future. Huawei has been almost 20 years in Philippines, through Seeds for the Future, and also as an enduring commitment to a sustainable world, we aim to bring digital skills to more people.
Seeds for the Future is Huawei’s flagship global CSR program, which aims to develop skilled, local ICT talent and bridge communication between countries and cultures. In the past 6 years, more than 100 deserving students from the Philippines took the journey with Huawei Seeds for the Future program. As the pandemic continues, the selected talents will experience 8 days of online training this year.
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