Starmobile Smartphones Power Bilang Pilipino 2016 Election Coverage

Just giving praise where praise is due. I have to hand it to Starmobile for being the first Pinoy devices manufacturer to launch a meaningful effort that's related to our upcoming 2016 national elections.

As a tech blogger who takes pride in being Filipino and who hopes for the best for our country, these kinds of initiatives by the companies I work with really mean a lot to me.

Starmobile has partnered with Bilang Pilipino 2016, TV5’s data-driven, multi-platform election coverage conducted in partnership with the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), Social Weather Stations (SWS), Smart Communications Inc., and Voyager Innovations.

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Demonstrating how its innovations, products, and services can be used to make positive contributions with lasting impact to Philippine society, Starmobile provided PLAY Spark Android smartphones to power the initiative's real-time data-gathering efforts nationwide led by SWS.

Since early January, SWS has began deploying the smartphones to respondents nationwide. The survey takers receive a daily SMS containing a link to a web-based platform [] created by Voyager Innovations. Smart provides users with free access to the link and the updated results are then broadcast on TV5.

“The partnership between Bilang Pilipino and Starmobile underscores our goal in providing our voters a platform that offers maximized information access and voter engagement. This is important as we continue to be the media partner of choice of the multi-screen voter”, shared Mr. Rody Alampay, Bilang Pilipino Project Lead.

Aside from PLAY Spark Android handsets, Starmobile likewise provided TV5’s news team with Digital TV-enabled (DTV) smartphones - namely, KNIGHT Vision, UP Vision, and UP Max - to bolster its integrated news coverage across broadcast, digital, mobile, and social platforms. These fairly powerful handsets with built-in DTV tuners and live recording capabilities will allow TV5’s news personnel to monitor and respond to what’s happening on the ground whole the whole span of the election season.

Since 2011 Starmobile has enabled Filipinos to reach for their own stars. This time around, we are more than willing to help the country reach for a brighter future,” said Mr. Michael Chen, Starmobile's Product Development Head.

Now, isn't that inspiring? I hope we all do our share to make sure that the Philippines' future would shine bright. We can start now by doing well at work or in school and simply by being good citizens who follow the laws of our land. And then, when election day comes, let us the right leaders - based on their integrity, track record, and list of accomplishments - who can really raise this country up to the stars.