Stories by Lawrence Casiraya

Education seen crucial to ICT future

The country needs to further strengthen its educational program and the English proficiency of Filipinos to be able to maintain its inherent advantages in the global information and communication technology (ICT) industry.

Sun pitches desktop system at Asian governments

MANILA (03/11/2004) - Sun Microsystems Inc. is actively seeking an audience with the governments of developing countries like the Philippines, hoping to convince government officials to give open source a shot and try its desktop solutions as a lower-cost alternative to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system and Office suite.

Open source no threat in Asia: Microsoft

MANILA (03/11/2004) - Although the governments of some Asian countries like China and Malaysia have openly declared their support for the open source movement, a Microsoft Corp. official remains unfazed, saying this poses no threat to the company's business in the region.

Philippines plans to tap Japanese outsourcing market

MANILA (12/05/2003) - Next to the U.S., Japan maybe the biggest IT outsourcing market for the Philippines. But if the country's IT outsourcing capabilities are not properly promoted among Japanese businesses, the Philippines may lose this huge market to outsourcing rivals India and China.

Philippines to benefit from IBM outsourcing deal

The Philippines is expected to benefit from IBM's recent outsourced services deal with manufacturing giant Procter & Gamble (P&G), which effectively makes the country the center for its business process outsourcing (BPO) services in the Asia-Pacific.

BIR to intensify collection of royalty tax on software

MANILA (11/05/2003) - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is set to release this week a circular that will define exact and uniform guidelines on taxes imposed on software firms and local distributors that remit royalties abroad.

Philippines charts roadmap for electronics sector

The Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is drawing up a comprehensive roadmap for the local electronics sector which will cover all the industry players, from big-name multinational companies down to small local outfits that have carved a niche in original design manufacturing.