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Budget Freedom with Basic Wireless Landline at P499

With the prices of goods shooting up every month, Filipinos are scrambling to stretch those hard-earned pesos. Some cope by forgoing luxury goods and leisure travel. But others are taking more drastic measures—like having shorter and less frequent talk time with their loved ones.
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By doing this, budget-constrained Filipinos are sacrificing meaningful conversation for lower phone bills. Out to correct this mistake, though, is maverick telecommunications Bayan who now offers the most affordable bayanWIRELESS LANDLINE (BWL) service plan—the Basic Wireless at P499 per month or P17 a day. Tailor fitted to bring real communication more accessible to many, the Basic Wireless Plan is an alternative option to the existing Best Value Plan priced at P699 that pioneered unlimited wireless calling with limited mobility in the market.

Bayan Chief Executive Consultant Tunde Fafunwa said: “Our new plan at P499 or at P17 a day targets market segment who value the basic benefits of wireless landline which is unlimited landline calling while being mobile around the metro. This complements our existing Bayan wireless landline service priced at P699 which is geared to heavy voice call users such as cellphone and IDD calls because of its competitive rates.”

Unlimited Local Landline Calling
For the lowest market price of P499, bayanWIRELESS LANDLINE users can enjoy budget freedom as well as reliable on-the-go communication.

The Basic Wireless plan offers unlimited local landline calling—a great service for working parents who need constant updates from family members and household help at home. The mobility of bayanWIRELESS LANDLINE device allows parents to do this while seated in the office cubicle or commuting to and from work.

Business or personal contacts nationwide are also within easy reach through Bayan to Bayan connectivity. These are made more convenient for budget-savvy consumers with the affordable nationwide call rates available under the Basic Wireless plan.

Unlimited SMS between Bayan Phones
The BWL Basic Wireless plan also offers unlimited SMS from Bayan phone to Bayan phone. Unlike traditional landlines that can only call, the bayanWIRELESS LANDLINE is in step with modern modes of communication. Text-savvy youngsters, for instance, can send SMS from their Bayan phones to other networks for those late night gimmicks or school meetings at the same rates as those of cellphones.

IDD and NDD

On top of unlimited calling and SMS, the Basic Wireless plan is also packed with IDD and NDD functionality to any network. So whether it’s a loved one abroad or anywhere in the Philippines, bayanWIRELESS LANDLINE users can reach out to them via low-cost texts or voice calls.

“Cost should never be a barrier for having meaningful conversations,” explained Mr. Fafunwa. “The Basic Wireless plan at P499 gives Filipinos an affordable alternative to costly metered mobile networks while still enjoying a connected lifestyle.”

With its lowest cost of P499 per month (or only P17/day) and exceptional functionality, the basic Wireless Landline plan sets Filipinos free from the worries of a limited budget—for enjoyable wireless landline communication at their fingertips.

 
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Microsoft Intensifies Anti-trafficking Campaign

Microsoft Philippines and Visayan Forum Foundation Inc. (VFFI) recently announced the expansion of Stop Trafficking and Exploitation of People through Unlimited Potential or step-UP, its initiative which provides IT skills training to former victims of human trafficking and underprivileged youth and adults, concretely boosting their chances of finding better jobs.

“Human trafficking continues to be a bane in today’s society. As more and more Filipinos leave the country each day to find work overseas, human trafficking continues to be one of the major issues we need to focus on. We are expanding step-UP to make sure that there are adequate resources available to eradicate human trafficking and exploitation in the Philippines.” said Rafael Rollan, Managing Director, Microsoft Philippines.
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As part of the expansion, Microsoft gave software and cash grants worth more than PHP12 million to VFFI, a private, non-profit NGO that works for the welfare of marginalized migrants.

The grant will enable VFFI to engage more NGOs and open ten new step-UP centers in different cities, provinces, and regions nationwide, including Bulacan, North Cotabato, Western Samar and Zamboanga. These are in addition to existing centers in Bacolod, Batangas, Camarines Norte, Cebu, Davao, Manila, Quezon City, and other locations.

“Our partnership with Microsoft for the step-UP program has given us a huge boost in the fight against human trafficking. Through the program, we are able to see former victims rebuild their own lives, find careers, and slowly be reintegrated into society,” said Ma. Cecilia Flores Oebanda, President and Executive Director, VFFI.

“With step-UP, heightened social awareness about human trafficking is also being achieved. Unfortunately, this problem continues to be a reality and we know that more people can benefit from the training. This is why we sought to expand the program and with the grant, we will be able to reach out to new partners and accommodate more individuals in the centers,” added Flores-Oebanda.

step-UP was introduced in May 2006 coinciding with the anniversary of the signing of Republic Act 9208 or the “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.” Since the launch of the program almost three years ago, over ten thousand persons have received IT skills training in learning centers operated by VFF and its other NGO partners nationwide.

According to Rollan, around 33-percent of program graduates have been able to find alternative employment, while many have also decided to pursue further education.

“This is what we envisioned when we developed step-UP with Visayan Forum Foundation. We knew that technology can have a positive impact on people and step-UP is a concrete example of this. By delivering IT skills training to former victims of human trafficking, we are enabling people to regain confidence in themselves and rebuild their lives,” said Rollan.

Program participants undergo training on leadership and inter-personal skills and IT-related modules which are useful in building their knowledge and capabilities.

The curriculum also includes courses on computer basics, Word Processing, Presentation, Database, and Spreadsheet fundamentals, digital media, Internet, and Web design. Advanced courses on PC troubleshooting and hardware repair are also available. VFFI also offers a Life Skills Training module which complements the step-UP curriculum.

“We are pleased that the program has enabled a significant number of individuals be integrated into society and equipped them for the demands of daily life. As we enter the second phase of the project together with Visayan Forum Foundation and the other NGO sub-grantees, we can and will continue to provide skills training that create more opportunities for more people,” said Rollan.

 
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APC Smart-UPS Beyond Barriers

In this day and age of technology, no business can survive without proper service protection and technical support. Businesses which lack the equipment to keep an office running in the midst of a typhoon and the constant power outages that it brings will find many work hours wasted. When business gets backed up due to power or equipment failure, money can’t buy back the time that was lost.

APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services provides the right protection against factors that cause downtime in the workplace, whether it is for a small, medium or large scale corporation, or for home use. APC products also provide preventive tactics for data loss, hardware damage, and power problems – all of which significantly affect work productivity. APC concerns itself with providing quality support for network-critical physical infrastructure solutions, specializing in sensitive electronic, network, communications and industrial equipment of all sizes.

The effects of equipment failure due to power interruption can be fatal to your gadgets. Malfunctions that could occur include keyboard lock-up, complete data loss, hardware degradation, and damaged motherboards, among others. APC’s Smart-UPS product line allows your computer to switch to emergency backup power mode, which gives your computer enough power for you to breeze through your workload during brief power outages, or allows you to properly shut down your unit in instances of prolonged power failures. In addition to this, the Smart-UPS system also protects your computer from damaging power surges. Other products also provide enough back-up power to keep your basic business appliances running.

APC takes its corporate mission to satisfy valued clients to heart. In a collective effort to show how important customers are to APC, it launches its “Smart-UPS Beyond Barriers” campaign, which aims to prove that no home and business environment should ever need to suffer the inconveniences of power failure with the help of proper back-up equipment. With the purchase of selected Smart-UPS units, APC’s Service Warranty Upgrade provides an additional year to the standard 2-year warranty for a total of 3 years service warranty, along with a round-the-clock (24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week) response time made available nationwide.  In addition, a 4-hour response time is available for units deployed within Metro Manila and Metro Cebu.

Since APC’s main concern is to keep its customers happy and problem free, all clients have to do is to complete a warranty application form found in their newly purchased unit and submit it to the APC main office or accredited APC resellers. Completed warranty forms may be submitted to:  Service Department, APC by Schneider Electric, 20th Floor, PET Plans Tower, 444 EDSA, Makati City, 1200 Philippines.

Forms may also be submitted via FAX to (632) 8996551, Email:  asetechcorp@apcc.com and Online:  www.apc.com/promo , enter keycode:  45990M

For further inquiries, please call Olive Tolentino or Mary Garcia at 8996690 local 8231 & 8241.

 
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