Filipinos as innovators

I read two stories that caught my interest today. In the city of pines, a tech enthusiast developed a device to allow the local residents to make long distance calls using the Internet instead of the traditional phone networks. Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Vincent Cabreza writes:

Gladys Vergara, a software development enthusiast, opened a free international call center at a corner of her gasoline station near City Hall, after realizing that the conflict between Israel and Lebanon had adverse effects on the local economy.

Down at the Pinoy Tech blog, another techie announced that MRT commuters can now use an electronic payment service, called G-Pass, to pay for rides. Calling it a ticketless MRT e-payment system, Ka Edong writes:

G-Pass, the newest way to enter the MRT using a wireless Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip, made its debut last Friday.

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Erwin Oliva

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