Support from private and public sectors can help Cebu, Philippines to become a global “Silicon Valley”.
With the establishment of an information technology (IT) incubator, the improving power situation in the region as well as strengthening linkage between business/industry and acadame sectors, Cebu Philippines has the potential to be on the frontier of technological innovation.
The Technology Business Incubator (TBI) operated by University of the Philippines Visayas Cebu College (UPVCC) with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the Philippines is established to accelerate growth and acceptance among skilled IT professionals to go into commercial business ventures.
“Business Incubators should be viewed as long term investments that fulfill a significant public and private purpose. They should be developed with business-like concepts. They can begin small but should be guided by a larger vision.”
–Barbara Harley, incubation facility consultant.
Globe Telecom Philippines, one of the country’s largest telecommunications service providers, launched GLOBELABS– an industry-academe linkage program that will enhance information and communication technology (ICT) education. Cebu’s University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR) is the program’s first recipient.
Globe Labs will involve students and teachers in developing mobile applications. Information technology (IT) students can use Globe facilities to experience technology that will enable them to create prototypes.
“This is our commitment to promote ICT education among students to help them become globally competitive and be equipped with the right skills and attitude in developing technology.”
–Jeffrey Tarayao, head of Corporate Social Responsibility of Globe Telecom.
In face of the frequent power interruptions this early 2010, yhe National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) reports that the Cebu-Negros-Panay (CNP) grid will start to have reserve power with the completion of new power plants.
Currently, a 200-megawatt coal-fired plant will be operational by 2011, constructed by the Korean Electric Company-Salcon in Naga, Cebu. Another 82-megawatt Cebu Energy Development Corp. (CEDC) plant will be available by the end of February.
It is also expected that an additional 160 megawatts of power will be generated from Mahanagdong Unit 1 geothermal plant in Leyte Philippines and 105 megawatts from the Naga Cebu thermal power plant, moving the region of much improved, consistent state when in regards to power supply.
- Amante, Isolde & Martel, Rene. “‘No more dark days’ in Visayas.” 24 February 2010. The Sun Star Cebu. Accessed 24 February 2010. Link Here.
- Cacho, Kathleen. “School signs up for GlobeLabs.” 23 February 2010. The Sun Star Cebu. Accessed 23 February 2010. Link Here.
- Dagooc, Ehda. “Cebu’s Silicon Valley bid viable.” 23 February 2010. Cebu’s The Freeman. Accessed 23 February 2010. Link Here.
- Velasco, Myra. “Power interruptions ease in the Visayas.” 22 February 2010. The Manila Bulletin. Accessed 23 February 2010. Link Here.
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