#ResilienceandRecoveryPh: Episode 5

Technology and Innovation: Crisis-Proofing Businesses

As a showcase of Filipino resilience, resource persons from the public and private sector presented ways to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic with strategies and programs that make use of technology.

This Episode 5 held last April 29 titled, "Technology and Innovation: Crisis-proofing Businesses" is part of the #ResilienceandRecoveryPH: An eForum Series.  The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT), Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) organizes the e-Forum.

Ms. Grace Estillore, Chief Science Research Specialist of the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) shared that its flagship project called Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP) continues to be implemented and is now being used to help micro-, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) produce much needed essential goods such as masks, personal protective equipment (PPEs), and food and beverages for front-line workers.


During this pandemic, the DOST is likewise focusing on new initiatives such as testing and diagnostics and 3D printing of medical devices and accessories. Applications for DOST grants will also be digital, as the agency expects the launching of the Smart Cities project this May 2020.


On the other hand, Textiles industry leader Mr. Robert Young showed the adverse impact of the insufficient, if not total lack of technological infrastructure in the country. He emphasized that the textiles industry must be revived to address the country's need for locally manufactured masks, PPEs, and other medical clothing. Government and industry collaboration is needed to upgrade and fully automate textiles and garments manufacturing.


One of the hardest hit industries, the tourism sector, is also preparing for the "new normal" and will undertake several innovative measures. Mr. Jose Mari Del Rosario, President and CEO of PHINMA Microtel Hotels Inc. said that hotels will need to use temperature check technologies and full-body disinfection booths, among others, in order to regain tourist confidence.


Meanwhile, the fourth resource speaker and a representative of the technology-based industry highlighted the need for companies to digitize, regardless of their size. Mr. Junie Pama, CEO of Kiu Philippine, Inc. said that businesses need to consider migrating to cloud based system which will allow easier management and digitalization of operations. It is designed to simplify daily work, automate processes, transfer data, and secure data privacy.


Last but not the least, Mr. John Paul Miranda, CEO and System Integrator of ITBS Corp. shared some smart city initiatives that are home-grown and may be used to better implement government assistance programs during the pandemic. He said that by using smart-city ecosystem, the government will be able to dispense relief and amelioration funds more efficiently and effectively.


Attached are presentation materials of DOST and PHINMA Microtel Hotels Inc. You may also check the official website of Kiu Philippine, Inc. at https://www.kiuglobal.com/  and the ITBS Corp. site http://itbs.com.ph/v2/about-company-evo.php for more information on their digitalization services.


If you missed the webinar, click here to watch.


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