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Jane Uymatiao

Jane T. Uymatiao is known as @citizenjaneph. She spent more than 15 years as an IT auditor/consultant at an accounting firm and another 2.5 years as VP-Head of a bank's Corporate Planning Division. She has been blogging for about 16 years now and is one of the early adopters of social media. She believes in active citizen engagement, pushing for transparency and good governance, and is often tapped to speak on social media-related topics. Her personal blogs are: yoga and wellness (, tech (, lifestyle (, and personal ( Jane has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, major in International Business with a focus on Strategic Management, from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She is also a certified yin yoga teacher. More details at Updated: August 2022

The first Philippine Telecoms Summit 2017 will be held on March 9-10, 2017

This week, Philippine stakeholders will come together for the first Philippine Telecoms Summit 2017 over two days, March 9 and 10, 2017.

The telecoms summit carries the theme “Telecommunications for Nation Building: National Consensus and Solutions for Progress” — aiming to serve as a vehicle towards better internet and telecoms services . The Philippine Chamber of Telecommunications Operators (PCTO), in partnership with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), will be bringing together various industry stakeholders — government agencies and regulators, industry players, experts, and consumers in one event. Expected to be at the forefront in all the panel discussions are the problems and issues surrounding the state of telecommunications today.

DICT Secretary Salalima with representatives from the PCTO, DICT, and telcos

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Comeleak Part 2? What is known and what still needs to be done

After a computer at the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) in Wao, Lanao del Sur was stolen last January 11, 2017, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) ordered the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to take serious steps to address its vulnerabilities. Are we looking at Comeleak Part 2?

National Privacy Commission Commissioner Raymund Liboro and Commission on Elections Executive Director Jose Tolentino, Jr.



Let me start with the facts surrounding the robbery then add my perspective.

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NPC decision on ‘Comeleak’ finds COMELEC Chair Bautista criminally liable

Between March 20 and 27, 2016, the largest data breach on a government-held personal database (dubbed Comeleak), happened when personal information of voters were accessed and downloaded from Comelec’s databases and published publicly by a hacker group.

In a decision dated December 28, 2016, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) found the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) liable for violating the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (or Republic Act No. 10173). It has also recommended criminal prosecution against COMELEC Chairman J. Andres D. Bautista, being the head of the agency.

The decision on NPC Case No. 16-001, described Bautista’s reaction to the breach as a “lack of appreciation” of what data protection really involves. “Data privacy is more than the deployment of technical security; it also includes the implementation of physical and organizational measures, as well as regular review, evaluation, and updating of COMELEC’s privacy and security policies and practices.”

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Misogyny in the Philippines: A deep-seated societal and familial problem

The Oxford Dictionaries define misogyny as “dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women”. Sexual harassment, on the other hand, is defined as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature…”

Since the start of the Duterte administration, focus has been largely on the drug menace. What has been grossly underestimated but is rearing its ugly head even more clearly now is the deeply rooted misogynistic mindset in so many men. In just a few months, this issue has bubbled to the surface in rapid frequency.

Take some of these recent cases.

Case 1: Locker room talk victimizes a minor

In a recent case, a woman posted screenshots of a group chat among college boys on her Facebook wall. They had posted pictures of her cousin, a minor in high school, and spoke about her sexually in so many different ways — even adding her to their chat several times so she could see what they were saying about her. The abuse was so bad — it even included a post with her face and genitalia pasted on top of it.

The female cousin who exposed the posts of these boys was subjected to threats and insults herself. She eventually deactivated her Facebook account. Many who chose to defend the boys simply attributed their actions to the “boys will be boys” syndrome.

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4RHome: A holistic program to provide free formation houses for drug dependents nationwide


At a recent lunch gathering last November 30, 2016, several of the Cabinet spouses, along with some of the Metro Manila mayors’ spouses, as well as lady mayors, met for the first time to announce the launch of their first project together — 4RHome — a program meant to provide a free formation house in every local government unit (LGU) for Filipino drug dependents.


Cabinet secretaries Andanar, Dureza and Ubial with Duterte Cabinet Spouses Association, Metro Manila Mayor’s Foundation, and Ricky Reyes

Ricky Reyes (more popularly called Mother Ricky), a known philanthropist who set up a vocational school and is heavily involved in health care for poor, cancer-stricken children, has now taken on another endeavor — to actively help the Cabinet spouses and their partners in drug reformation through 4RHome.

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Millennials: From ‘couch potatoes’ to street warriors; from Katipunan to Luneta (Part 2)


To read Part 1 of this article, click here.


But it was still raining. Would the students come?

They did! Slowly the area around the stage began filling up as groups of young people started arriving. My earlier fears that students from the Quezon City side would not show up was unfounded. Ateneo was there! So were UP Diliman and Miriam College. I later found out that some of them held lightning protests in their school vicinity first before piling into jeeps to come to Luneta.

My generation, the generation that had the most right (and reason) to protest the Marcos burial because we lived through martial law, was compromised. And yet here were the young ones, the millennials, who only heard of martial law from their history subjects, marching and protesting with us.


Luneta crowd (photo by Noemi Lardizabal-Dado). Some rights reserved.

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