by: Laurence Chan
SVP and General Manager for Accensia
At this point of our lives that energy experts have already determined that fossil fuels – our main source of energy for the longest time – will reach complete depletion within 30 to 50 years, renewable energy is not just an alternative anymore but a solution for the gap that crude oil or coal just cannot fill. Likewise, we live in a time wherein modern technology enables us to do just about everything, one of which is the revolution of clean energy and its continuous integration to our daily lives.
The very fact that renewable energy protects our environment is what makes it so promising. Aside from this, the supply is practically endless because unlike fossil fuels, it can be reused and converted as needed. Here in the Philippines, various efforts are already being made to further increase the use of renewable energy, what with wind farms being pioneered in Ilocos Norte and Puerto Galera (making us the top wind energy producer among ASEAN nations), and solar panels being adopted by companies.
For a country that’s hungry for energy but is highly prone to the adverse effects of continued reliance on fossil fuels due to geographical reasons, more and more sectors are now turning to solar energy. We started with the solar farms, then it wasn’t long enough until small businesses, corporations, and even schools saw the viability in renewable energy. And today, it is no longer unusual to see solar panels at the roofs of homeowners as well.
A Brighter Future for Residences
The continued drop in the costs and innovation in the field are driving the increasing demand for solar energy, to the point that even residential owners are now joining the trend. AMTI keeps up with this by being a full turnkey solutions provider not only for business owners, but for residential developers as well. An example of AMTI’s projects on energy management involves the installment of solar panels on the new concrete townhouses at the technologically advanced compound situated in the heart of San Juan City.
The Reraon Townhomes is another mark of Metro Manila Construction & AMTI’s commitment to advocate for renewable energy. Each townhouse employs a 3kW solar PV system with a 12-panel array, contributing to the strides toward a greener, more efficient, and more energy productive country.
“A project of Metro Manila Construction, Reraon Townhomes is comprised of 32 four-storey townhouses with the promise of providing comfort and safety that every family seeks. The project harnesses technology to live up to its commitment of harboring families in a secured and luxurious environment: the units are installed with e-home systems, making all electronics—from the lights and aircon to the pipe-in music—accessible from your gadgets. What makes this project even more state-of-the-art is the installation of solar panels on each unit, thanks to the assistance of AMTI.” - Arch. Egbert S. Chua, Lead Architect for the Reraon Townhomes Project
(The Reraon Townhomes is a project of the Metro Manila Construction. Recognized as one of the leading high-end residential property developers in the country, Metro Manila Construction is known for the quality of its work and the excellence of its workforce.)
Solar is the Way to Go
We are coming of age into the solar generation. If you look at the profile of customers investing in solar energy, they are not what you would expect: They are not just early adopters—they’re people who look at it from both the environmental and financial perspective. Corporations, small businesses, residential developers, and homeowners are all going solar because it saves them money in the long run.
This is the period of transition that every market will have to go through sooner or later, and different segments of the market will grow at a different pace. But whether we decide to start now or in the future, there is no denying that solar is the way to go. And with the continuous growth of the potential of solar energy, more than ever, this is the best time to make the switch.
For inquiries, you may get in touch with the following:
Energy and Thermal Management Solutions
• AMTI Office No. – (02) 988-9788
• Email - inquiries@ amti.com.ph
Reraon Townhomes Project or Metro Manila Construction
• Arch. Egbert S. Chua – 0906-430-3808
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Laurence served as the Managing Director of Emerson Network Power Philippines for seven years before joining AMTI in 2008. Now, he is the AMTI’s SVP and GM for Managed Services while also being the SVP for Admin and Finance of AMTI Computers Subic Inc.
General Manager for AMTI Ascend
We live in a country of heavy social media users – 42.1 million on Facebook, 13 million on Twitter, and 3.5 million on LinkedIn as of April 2017 – and a total IT spending of USD 4.4 billion in 2016, which is expected to more than double by 2020 (Source: Export.gov). This continuous rise of digitization heightens the need to secure the data that comes along with it. In order for our government to regulate how organizations collect, use, disclose, store, and dispose these data, all businesses are now mandated to comply with the Data Privacy Act of 2012. This law ensures the entire country’s compliance with international standards for data protection, making us equipped to compete in global markets.
A comprehensive and strict legislation aiming “to protect the fundamental human right of privacy, of communication while ensuring free flow of information to promote innovation and growth”, the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA) generally applies to individuals and legal entities that process personal information, or any piece of information that can identify a particular individual, with some exceptions.
Businesses’ Roadmap to Compliance
Section 46 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) outlines the actions to ensure that data controllers – for this particular write-up, we can stick with ‘private businesses’ – comply with their obligations under the law. While compliance may be easy for established businesses and especially for technology solutions providers like AMTI (as a more secure and more resilient Philippine ICT sector is one of our primary advocacies), businesses with low level of privacy-consciousness may find themselves burdened with a lot of elements to assess and questions to answer, the most fundamental of which are ‘What do we do?’ and ‘Where do we begin?’, thus being unable to take the first step towards compliance.
In our attempt to make compliance easier for businesses, we were able to narrow down the initiation process to the following steps:
Better Control over Personal Information
The IRR states that the data subject has the right to object or withhold consent to processing of their personal information for direct marketing, automated processing, or profiling by the collector. Take the case of medical records as an example. The standard practice in hospitals used to involve automatic profiling of the patient’s records after a check-up or other medical procedure. With the DPA in place, the patient may now request for their medical files to be removed anytime.
However, some may find it confusing that this right is expressly limited by the fact that continued publication may be justified by constitutional rights to freedom of speech, expression, and other rights. So how will we really know which information should be made accessible at all times?
To resolve this, let us review the definitions of ‘personal information’ and ‘sensitive personal information’ as per the IRR. Summarizing Section 3(l), personal information is any information which can be linked to your identity, thus making you readily identifiable.
On the other hand, sensitive personal information as defined in Section 3(t) refers to personal information:
Therefore, the given example on medical records falls under ‘sensitive personal information’, wherein continued publication may only be justified with the consent of the data subject.
How Does the DPA Coincide with the FOI?
While one of the primary reasons for the implementation of the Data Privacy Act is to strengthen an individual’s right to privacy, it also seeks to balance this right and the need for accessible information in nation building. This balance is especially important in light of the recently signed Freedom of Information Executive Order (FOI-EO).
Pursuant to the EO, all government agencies are encouraged to engage in proactive disclosure to increase transparency and accountability. Taking the DPA into consideration, the disclosure should take into account the rights of data subjects as stipulated in the act and the IRR. Agencies are encouraged to publish an accessible directory of information stating what it will publish, how often it will be published, and when it will be published in order to make the process easier.
In an era of data sharing, the need to assure individuals that their personal information will not be compromised is more crucial than ever. If you find your business still unable to go about the compliance process, give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to discuss it further with you.
Paul has over 15 years in executive management and leadership experience specializing in strategic planning, business transformation, and business development. He has executed key roles in business transformation, sales management, business development, and strategic planning in the BPO, IT, Mobile, and Consumer Electronics Industry.