Oliver Bugarin 7 0 0 3 min to read

Eastern Visayas establishes a hub for innovation in the region.

For the construction of the Regional Inclusive Innovation Center, several government organizations and educational institutions in Eastern Visayas have formed partnerships (RIIC).

The RIICs are virtual or physical platforms for collaborative initiatives to produce products, processes, or service innovations deemed relevant to the objective of inclusive growth and development of the area. They are overseen by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regional office here.

According to Celerina Bato, regional director for DTI Eastern Visayas, “collaborations are expressed through government-academy-industry partnerships, access to shared service facilities like research and development laboratories, co-working spaces, fabrication laboratories, and in the case of regional startups, access to capital and investments.”

Participating in the memorandum of understanding (MOU) are 17 state institutions and colleges, and national government entities.

By improving the connections between governmental institutions, businesses, and academic institutions, the agreement, according to Bato, aims to create an innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Eastern Visayas.

Key representatives from the DTI, Department of Science and Technology, National Economic and Development Authority, Department of Information and Communications Technology, Philippine Coconut Authority, Eastern Visayas State University, Southern Leyte State University, Biliran Province State University, Samar State University, and Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering were present when the MOU was signed on September 1.


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