DTI to cre­ate re­gional in­no­va­tion cen­ters

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Business -

THE Philip­pines is set to link stake­hold­ers and in­te­grate the key el­e­ments of the in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship ecosys­tem by cre­at­ing con­nected cre­ative com­mu­ni­ties called re­gional in­clu­sive in­no­va­tion cen­ters (RIICs) in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try.

The De­part­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI) said RIICs will im­prove the in­no­va­tion per­for­mance of the coun­try by clos­ing the gap be­tween government, academe and in­dus­try to make col­lab­o­ra­tion, co­or­di­na­tion and shar­ing of knowl­edge, re­sources, projects and fa­cil­i­ties more ef­fi­cient.

“These RIICs are en­vi­sioned to be at the heart of Philip­pine eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion and serve as a linch­pin of pro­duc­tive col­lab­o­ra­tions be­tween and among in­dus­tries, uni­ver­si­ties, government agen­cies LGUs (lo­cal government units), star­tups, MSMEs (mi­cro, small and medium en­ter­prises), R&D (research and de- vel­op­ment) lab­o­ra­to­ries, S&T (sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy) parks, in­cu­ba­tors, FabLabs (fab­ri­ca­tion lab­o­ra­to­ries), in­vestors, among many other agents in the ecosys­tem,” said Rafaelita Ald­aba, as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of the DTI’s In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment and Trade Group, in a pre­sen­ta­tion dur­ing a re­cent con­fer­ence on in­no­va­tion.

RIICs rec­og­nize the di­ver­sity of re­gional and lo­cal con­di­tions across the coun­try and will be built upon the ex­ist­ing el­e­ments of the ecosys­tem in the re­gions, she added.

RIICs will link var­i­ous DTI and De­part­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (DOST) projects such as shared services fa­cil­i­ties, FabLabs, R&D cen­ters, food in­no­va­tion cen­ters, Negosyo Cen­ters, tech­nol­ogy busi­ness in­cu­ba­tors and tech­nol­ogy trans­fer of­fices. Sup­port mech­a­nisms (in­cu­ba­tors, ac­cel­er­a­tors, co-work­ing spa­ces) and ser­vice providers (lo­gis­tics, ac­count­ing, e-services) will also be key fea­tures of RIICs.

Pilot re­gions for set­ting up the RIICS are Cebu, Ca­gayan de Oro, Davao and Le­gaspi. Other ma­jor cities will be con­sid­ered in the com­ing years, DTI said. (PHILEXPORT NEWS AND FEA­TURES)

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