The powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 5 that destroyed thousands of houses on Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara, left the survivors so traumatized that many are afraid of looking at what is left of their homes. Along with several volunteers from outside the province, I spent a week with survivors in their makeshift shelter and discovered their courage and spirit to overcome their circumstances. Instead of waiting for help from central government – which could take a long time to arrive, considering the scale of damage in the regency – they were working to build better houses for themselves, Most of the survivors welcomed the government’s plan to distribute reconstruction aid for building permanent houses, but they will have to wait quite a long time for the cash, and they needed better temporary housing – and quickly. The survivors I met took the initiative to so on their own, one that I believe … [Read more...] about Quake survivors use salvaged materials to build better shelters, rebuild lives
Build, Build, Build better than PPP? The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte should take heed of the recent review done by the Commission on Audit (COA) on government projects offered under private-public partnership (PPP) schemes. Doing his own version of PPP, which they call “Build, Build, Build,” President Duterte can draw lessons from the PPP projects that were subsequently left stuck at the pipelines and eventually abandoned. Although abandoned or scrapped, the national government had already paid huge amounts of taxpayers’ money under the so-called mobilization fund for many, if not all, of these abandoned PPP projects. A review completed by COA of PPP projects from 2015 to 2017 showed some P845 million of public funds were disbursed to various national government agencies (NGAs) and government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) for PPP projects which were eventually cancelled. The COA called out, in … [Read more...] about Build, Build, Build better than PPP?
Building better mentorship with Australia PILIPINAS: NOW IS OUR TIME - Joey Concepcion (The Philippine Star) - June 11, 2018 - 12:00am Last May 22, I invited delegates from ASEAN dialogue partner Australia to celebrate the Philippine-Australia partnership, which has been ongoing for more than 70 years now. Brian Kennett of Telstra Ventures and Anne Suarez of Telstra Philippines The dinner was part of the numerous activities under the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) partnership with Australia. We launched AMEN in Sydney last March 14-16. Norman Reyes of Philippine National Bank and Mitch Locsin of PLDT SME Nation I would like to express my gratitude to Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely, as well as all the government officials and private-sector representatives, including Gov. Abet Garcia, Rep. Peter Unabia, Nestor Tan, and Deputy Gov. Chuchi Fonacier for giving their time and thoughts on enabling small … [Read more...] about Building better mentorship with Australia
source Superpedestrian Superpedestrian, a startup born out of MIT, has raised $16.5 million in funding from top-tier venture capitalists. Its most famous product is a smart bicycle wheel that helps the rider pedal with less effort. Now it plans to sell its technology to bike-sharing and scooter-sharing companies to help them maintain their fleets. An electric bicycle company out of Cambridge, Massachusetts is breaking into bike-sharing, one of the hottest new areas in tech and venture capital. To do it, Superpedestrian has raised $16.5 million in Series B funding from Spark Capital, General Capitalist, China Renaissance director Charles Kim, and Nest cofounder Tony Fadell. Currently, Superpedestrian makes a product it calls the Copenhagen Wheel. The $1500 wheel replaces a bicycle’s back wheel, and has lots of electronics built in so that it helps you bike faster with less effort. It’s … [Read more...] about A startup born at MIT just got $16 million to build better hardware for bike and scooter sharing
SINGAPORE: The Ministry of National Development (MND) and the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) on Tuesday (May 8) laid down plans to create a liveable and sustainable Singapore.In his ministry’s addendum to President Halimah Yacob’s address in Parliament on Monday, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong reaffirmed plans to build a more inclusive city for Singaporeans of all ages and abilities.This includes seeing to the housing needs of senior and vulnerable Singaporeans.For seniors, MND will pilot a new model of assisted living that combines housing and care services, in order to help them live more independently and with dignity. MND will also update the existing Enhancement for Active Seniors programme to provide more accessibility solutions.For vulnerable Singaporeans living in rental flats, MND will study how to further support their homeownership aspirations.Mr Wong said that his ministry also plans to build a “smarter, greener, and … [Read more...] about Addenda to President’s Address: MND, MEWR committed to building better homes and a liveable Singapore