Mobile app helps China recover hundreds of missing children

admin   •   February 6, 2017   •   3108

FILE PHOTO: A man uses a smartphone in New York City, in this picture taken November 6, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A mobile app helped Chinese authorities recover hundreds of missing children last year, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday, in a country where child trafficking is rampant.

The Ministry of Public Security said 611 missing children were found last year, Xinhua said.

The “Tuanyuan”, or “reunion” in Chinese, app developed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd was launched in May and has allowed police officers to share information and work together.

Users near the location where a child has disappeared receive push notifications, including photos and descriptions. Notifications are sent to users farther and farther from the location of the disappearance if the child is still not found.

A new version of the app in November has expanded its reach through cooperation with other popular mobile apps, such as Alibaba’s online shopping website Taobao, search engine Baidu, Tencent Holdings Ltd’s instant messaging software QQ and mobile ride-sharing platform Didi Chuxing.

Child trafficking is common in China, where population control policies, although recently relaxed, have bolstered a traditional bias for male offspring.

Boys are seen as the main support for elderly parents and heirs to the family name. This has resulted in abortions, killings or abandonment of girls.

The imbalance has created criminal demand for abducted or bought baby boys, but also for baby girls destined to be future brides attracting rich dowries.

(Reporting by Ryan Woo; Editing by Alexander Smith)

DOLE now accessible worldwide through mobile app

Marje Pelayo   •   November 27, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) now have ways to stay updated on the services and offers of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through a mobile application.

According to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the DOLE mobile app will provide Filipino workers across the globe with the latest news and regulations as well as keep them informed of their rights and benefits at work.

It will also provide them immediate access to the labor departments’ hotline numbers, and contact details of labor offices in their host countries especially during emergencies.

The DOLE mobile app is free to downloaded from the Google Play Store for Android devices and the App Store for Apple devices.

“This application is intended to provide a major channel for our workers and OFWs to get in touch with DOLE and the POLO ( Philippine Overseas Labor Office),” Bello said.

“Through the use of modern technology, they can relay their labor related concerns and complaints,” he concluded.

DTI launches mobile app to determine product quality

Robie de Guzman   •   October 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched a mobile application that will help consumers determine product quality.

The app known as ICC Verification System is one way DTI may address the growing number of complaints regarding defective and fake products being sold in markets.

Using the app, consumers may detect if the product is registered under DTI and has passed the screening of the Bureau of Philippine Standards by simply taking a picture of the import commodity sticker attached to the product.

If the sticker is authentic, the system will scan and generate the details of the product.

If the sticker is fake, the system will not read it.

“That’s very important because if the sticker is fake, that means the product slip passed certification process. Not having pass the certification process means the importer is not doing the right thing. The primary risk there is that the product may be substandard,” said Ruth Castelo, DTI Undersecretary for Consumer Protection Group.

The app is free download on google playstore while its IOS version is still under development.

For now, the app only applies to products with attached ICC stickers because the DTI is still polishing the system on products havin the product safety or PS markings. – MNP (with details from Joan Nano)

Pagasa’s new mobile app seen to help farmers

admin   •   March 23, 2018

A mobile user downloads the Payong Pagasa mobile app

MANILA, Philippines — Farmers are among the most affected by climate change.

This has prompted the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) to develop an application called “Payong Pagasa” that will help them in their farming.

Farmers will be notified in advance of what climate to expect in the coming months such as more rainfall or whether there is a threat of dry spell.

The mobile app was launched on Friday during the celebration of the World Meteorological Day.

Pagasa said that farm production is highly dependent on the weather and it is imperative to notify farmers about it.

“Yung anak ng ating mga magsasaka ngayon may mga millenials po tayo dyan na mabilis po nilang matuturuan yung ating mga magsasaka,” Pagasa climate specialist Analisa Solis said.

In recent months, Visayas and Mindanao have experienced above normal rainfall due to the existence of weak La Niña.

But now, Pagasa said dry season is about to start.

“Baka after po nitong bagyong ito ay magtuloy-tuloy na po at magprevail na yung tinatawag na tag-init natin,” said the climate specialist.

The weather agency forecast that some parts of the country may experience hot weather that could reach up to 40 degrees Celcius.

“We could get as high as around 39.8 degrees Celcius, lalong-lalo na po yung mga kababayan natin nakatira dyan sa may (particularly for people living in the) Cagayan Valley Region,” said Solis.

Pagasa predicts 8-12 tropical cyclones will enter the Philippine area of responsibility from April to September this year. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue


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