Aquino witnesses MOU signing between DOST, IBM

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and business process outsourcing (BPO) company IBM in a ceremony held in Malacañang Thursday.

Signed by Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo and IBM president and country general manager in the Philippines Mariels Almeda Winhoffer, the MOU specifies the willingness of both entities to work together to put up the first Philippine Systems and Technology R&D Laboratory.

The laboratory aims to spur and sustain Philippine economic growth by heeding calls for greater partnering between the IT-industry and the government for the advancement of four critical areas for the country.

The four areas are business process outsourcing, governance for anti-corruption, talent development, and innovation for a knowledge-based economy.

Under the understanding, the projects to be undertaken by the laboratory shall be in line with the priority projects of the National Economic Development Authority’s Medium Term Development Plan and may include the following areas: Project audit system and database, E-governance services, Landslide predictive analytics, Weather prediction and flood mapping, Crime prevention, Traffic management, and High performance computing and business analytics.

In a statement, IBM said the new R&D laboratory "will strive to contribute to the productivity of the Filipino people and improve their quality of life through the generation and promotion of strategic technologies and expertise."

Montejo, meanwhile, expressed appreciation of the IBM's initiative saying the R&D center "will go a long way in building domestic capacity to support continued economic growth and global competitiveness." (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)

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