February 29, 2024

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Boosting Smart Cities and Emerging Tech in the Philippines

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A major step forward in the Philippines’ technology development was recently achieved at the annual US-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Business Council 2023 Philippine Business Mission meeting.

Smart city development, digital transformation, quantum technology, advanced weather forecasting, and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) projects were some of the conference’s key topics of interest. These subjects demonstrated the country’s dedication to adopting cutting-edge technologies and encouraging innovation across a range of industries.

The US-Asean Business Council was instrumental in forming this revolutionary conversation, representing more than 175 US businesses, many of which are multinational behemoths with a significant presence in Southeast Asia. The Business Mission, which brought together top executives from member firms, served as a reminder of the significance of strong business links between the US and the Philippines, which are essential for both economic growth and technical innovation.

Secretary Renato Solidum Jr. of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) oversaw this cooperative endeavour. In a press release, the DoST was delighted to have the chance to collaborate on Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) projects with the business sector. Numerous advantages, such as knowledge sharing, technology advancements, and creative solutions that might greatly boost the country’s STI initiatives, are promised by this strategic alignment.

The ongoing research and development initiatives like the OneLab Network, Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Programme (Setup), and Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) are important parts of this partnership.

Through Science and Technology (S&T) interventions across five critical areas—health and nutrition, water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, livelihood/economic enterprise development, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation—these projects aim to empower marginalised communities in the country while upgrading and supporting rural development.

The structured Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that the DoST and the US-Asean Business Council inked in 2019 is one notable highlight. This MoU provides evidence of the cooperative efforts to advance government-driven research, technology, and innovation projects in the commercial sector. It represents both parties’ dedication to promoting technical innovation for the good of the country.

The Philippines has started a fantastic journey that involves many different aspects of growth to become a smart nation leading the way in this change are smart cities. Urban centres that are setting the standard for innovative solutions that improve urban living are Metro Manila and other similar centres.

These solutions, which include data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, and smart infrastructure, all help to optimise energy use, improve public services, and manage traffic better. The objective is to develop more liveable, efficient, and sustainable urban environments that meet changing population demands.

Among the emerging fields with the greatest promise to transform computing, communications, and cryptography is quantum technology. Quantum applications that can improve logistics, speed up drug discovery, and strengthen cybersecurity are being extensively investigated in the Philippines. Research and development on quantum technology must be prioritised if the country is to stay competitive in the quickly changing global IT market.

Partnerships are also important in ensuring that Filipinos have access to fundamental services in this age of digital revolution, particularly in isolated and neglected areas. Through these partnerships, the government may be able to help more people get important services like healthcare, schooling, and financial services.

Similarly, by adopting e-governance techniques and working with digital firms, digital partnerships promote increased efficiency in governance. This strategy improves public service delivery, streamlines administrative procedures, cuts bureaucracy, and eventually increases citizen satisfaction and trust in the government.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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