First Quarter Issue




RP hosts International Conference on Advanced Networking for Global Collaboration and Development

Engr. Dennis VillorenteTHE DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE and Technology through its Advanced Science and Technology Institute hosted the 23rd Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) meeting January 22 to 26 at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel in Mandaluyong City.

APAN2007-Manila’s theme is “Saving Lives, Improving Lives Through Global Collaboration Using Advanced Networks.” The event included technical seminars, workshops, and demonstrations in advanced networking to international and local participants.  It also provided a venue for coordinating and promoting network technology developments and advances on network-based applications and services.

DOST Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro said in the runoff to the event that “after the successful ASEAN Summit in Cebu, this event reinforces the image of the Philippines as an important member of the regional and international ICT community and its capacity to host major international events”.   APAN2007-Manila “is also a rare opportunity for our local researchers and engineers to interact and share experiences and knowledge with their counterparts in the Asia Pacific region,” she added.

ASTI Director Denis F. Villorente who was also chair of the 23rd APAN local organizing committee stressed the relevance of the sessions that covered highly technical workshops, and on the application of advanced networks as enabling tool to enhance collaboration. 

“The theme emphasizes our thrust to promote the use of advanced networks for research and education initiatives that can eventually create maximum development impact,” he said.

APAN2007-Manila is a government-industry initiative.  Innove Communications, Inc., a subsidiary of Globe Telecom that provided Internet connection for the event led the private sector partners.

Jesus C. Romero, head of Innove’s enterprise business group also said “we are delighted to partner with DOST and ASTI in bringing this 23rd APAN Meeting to the Philippines for the first time. Once again, this affirms the company’s commitment to deliver a high standard of service to government, utilizing ICT infrastructure for development and education.”

APAN Meeting is a bi-annual activity of APAN member-countries.  It is a consortium of national research and education networks in the Asia Pacific that provides advanced networking environment for the region’s research and education community enabling technology exchange and international collaboration.

ASTI is a leading member of APAN, which is also interconnected to other regional research and education networks such as GEANT (Europe) and Internet2 (USA).

APAN2007-Manila was organized by DOST, ASTI, DOST’s Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development, Commission on Information and Communications Technology, and Innove Communications, Inc. with the support of Asia Pacific Network Information Centre, Microdata Systems, Inc., American Technologies, Inc., ComWorks, Inc., Infocom Technologies, Inc., and Rajah Tours Philippines. [S&T Media Service]

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