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Aquino signs Data Privacy Act into law

MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law the Date Privacy Act that seeks to boost investment in the fast growing information technology and business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) industries.

Republic Act No. 10173, which is based on standards set by the European Parliament and aligned with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Information Privacy Framework, is intended to protect the integrity and confidentiality of personal data.

The new law, signed by the President on August 15, paves the way for the creation of a National Privacy Commission under the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

It was a priority measure of the administration through the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council.

The law covers all types of processed personal information.

It does not apply, however, to the following:

1. Information about government officials or employees that are related to their official functions or positions;

2. Information about an individual who previously performed or is presently performing service under contract for a government institution;

3. Information relating to any discretionary benefit of a financial nature such as the granting of a license or permit by the government to an individual;

4. Personal information processed for journalistic, artistic, literary or research purposes;

5. Personal data processed by the central monetary authority and law enforcement and regulatory agencies;

6. Information necessary for banks and under financial institutions; and

7. Personal information collected from residents of foreign jurisdiction.

Section 5 of the law specifically affords protection to journalists who may use leaked information in their reporting.

Business Processing Association of the Philippines president Benedict Hernandez said the new law brings the Philippines to international standards of privacy protection.

“Much of our work involves confidential personal and company information, and client firms of our IT-BPOs want to know that the Philippines provides international standards of protection to safeguard their information,” Benedict said.

The local IT-BPO sector has been clamoring for such a measure for several years now since a lot of information processed by call centers and BPO offices here are sensitive and confidential data from companies abroad.

Investor confidence, particularly in the booming BPO sector, is therefore expected to get a boost from the enactment of the law, as the industry strives to generate $20 billion in revenues and 1.2 million direct employment by 2016.

(With additional report from Patrick Villavicencio)


Discover and Learn the Secrets of Becoming Rich

The Metro Dagupan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MDCCI) and JCI
Dagupan Bangus in cooperation with the the City Government of Dagupan
have embarked into a financial literacy seminar entitled “Discover and
Learn the Secrets of Becoming Rich” by motivational and Go- Negosyo
spaeaker, Ferdinand “Chinkee” Tan on August 20, 2012 Monday from 8:00
AM to 12:00 Noon at the Dagupan City People’s Astrodome.

Bitstop Network Services Inc., invites you to join us to attend this

event as part of our advocacy in improving the quality of lives of our
people through continuing education, development and livelihood
programs of the city.

Tickets are FREE for the FIRST seven reservations!

For reservation please email Hurry grab your

tickets now!

Come, Discover and Learn the Secrets of Becoming Rich

Official Website of EDNAS SCHOOL Launched

BNShosting is proud to host the official website of EDNAS SCHOOL

EDNAS School of Dagupan City is one of the awarded school in Excellence in Education Transformation.

EDNAS upholds its goal of national competitiveness as its Grade School and High School Department bagged honors and bested 16 other competing regions in the country in the recently concluded 2012 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) held at Holy Trinity University, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan last April 9 to 12.

Staffers of ‘The Torch’, the official student publication of the Grade School Department topped as the National Champion in the on-the-spot Best Infomercial and 3rd Place in Best Script for Scriptwriting and Radio Broadcasting English competition, whipping out 16 broadcasting teams in the Philippines.

Adding pride and eminence not only to the institution but also to the entire Ilocos Region is Maria Patricia G. Precioso, a fifth grader, who garnered National Best Anchor (3rd Place) and Russell Vincent F. Manaois, a sixth grader, who snagged National Best in Technical Application (3rd Place) in the said countrywide event.

The winners in broadcasting are: Keno Roberto S. Frianeza, Jerico Miguel T. Rangel, Muriel Louise U. Aquino, Russell Vincent F. Manaois, Maria Patricia G. Precioso, Cheska Nicole L. Matabang and Anton Louis Vivencio M. Villaflor IV.

Meanwhile, Justine C. Tanael of the High School Department ranked 2nd in the first-ever Collaborative Publishing Contest in the country.

Benedict M. Uson trained the winners in broadcasting while Dierva A. Bernardo coached the high school contestant.

Among the other regions which participated and snatched the top five spots in the said national confab were CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Cagayan Valley and Davao Region. The EDNAS School takes pride as it is the only school which brought home 11 medals and a trophy for Region One.