BIATF officials seem blindsided by Duterte announcement allowing casinos in Boracay | Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo
Officials of the former Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) appeared to have been blindsided by the recent announcement of President Duterte to allow the opening of a casino in Boracay Island. Despite repeated text messages from the BusinessMirror, BIATF officials have chosen to remain silent on Duterte’s flip-flop on his “no-casino” policy. One BIATF source said he didn’t want to comment on the issue because, “That’s a decision made by the highest official of the land.” Pressed if BIATF officials were aware about policy change prior to Duterte’s announcement last August 26, the source said in a mix of English and Filipino, “No. It was an unexpected pronouncement.” In a joint news statement late Monday, the BIATF said, “In line with the President’s latest pronouncement that casinos will now be allowed to operate in Boracay Island to augment government funds, [we] will carry out the necessary steps towards this direction.”
INNOCEAN Worldwide announced that it won two prizes, including the grand prize and the main prize, at the famous German design award ‘Red Dot Design Award 2021.’ Red Dot is one of the top 3 design award with the U.S. IDEA and Germany’s iF Design Awards, and it annually selects innovative and creative products and works in various fields such as product design and brand & communication. Hyundai Motor Group’s ‘Little Big E-Motion’ won the grand prize in the film & animation category. Hanwha Group’s ‘Clean up Mekong’ also won the main prize in the spatial communication category. Little Big Emotion is a video content project that shows kid mobility applied with emotion-aware vehicle control technology that enables the communication between cars and passengers is used in the actual treatment. Children patients in the hospital usually feel the short distance from ward to doctor’s office as the most frightening and scary long journey, and it has received good reviews for reducing this stress of children patient with emotion-aware vehicles Little Big Emotion also won the second grand prize at the New York Festival, one of the world’s top 3 advertising festivals, this year.