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Vol. XXVI, 4th Quarter
October – December 2008

 


National Innovation Summit marks first anniversary

ORGANIZERS OF THE NATIONAL INNOVATION Summit celebrated its 1st anniversary last November 26 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila with a series of forums that threshed out the gains, challenges, and new direction that came out following the historic summit last year.

The event also drew updates on several programs put in motion a year ago, and raised awareness on related initiatives by the National Competitiveness Council, the Congressional Commission on Science, Technology and Education and the Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology.

The Department of Science and Technology in partnership with industry giant IBM, Asian Institute of Management Policy Center, and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines have set the agenda for discussions covering four strategic components on the strengthening of the human capital, supporting business incubation and acceleration efforts, innovation environment regeneration, and the upgrading of the Filipino mindset.

 

The Philippine National Innovation Strategy or the Filipinnovation, which was presented to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during the NIS outlines the vision for a globally competitive and multidisciplinary workforce, competitive local firms driven by constant innovation through research and development, and an environment of constant innovation supported by national policies.

“We are hopeful that Filipinnovation as our national innovation strategy will inspire new ways to care for the fertile ground on which innovation can take root, thrive and flourish, and find its place at the heart of new thinking and development action in the country”, DOST Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro said during last year’s summit.

Several public and private institutions so far have taken steps to meet the challenges posed by the NIS and made headways as they formed the Filipinnovation network setting off constant discussions among stakeholders.