By Alexander Villafania
QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA–The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) sealed a partnership with several industry and academic institutions to help promote the Philippines’ metal and electronics industries.
The DOST’s “MakiBayan” (short for Makina at Teknolohiya para sa Bayan) is aimed at building the Philippines’ metalworks, machinery, and electronics industries through partnerships that would have best-of-breed technologies to be shared and co-developed among partner consortiums.
Allied programs include building expertise of engineers and scientists, and collaborative research and development activities using partners’ facilities.
If all goes well, the partnership would help the government build its roadmap for infrastructure development in the future, especially those that involve machinery, metal works, and electronics.
Other areas where results of MakiBayan collaboration could also be involved in are transportation, robotics, disaster mitigation, food technology, and other industries.
Among DOST’s partners for the MakiBayan program are Electronics Industry Association of the Philippines, Inc. (EIAPI), the Metalworking Industry Association of the Philippines (MIAP), and the Philippine Die and Mold Association (PDMA).
DOST also partnered with academic institutions the University of the Philippines Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University, Central Luzon State University, De La Salle University, Mapua Institute of Technology, Mindanao State University-Iligan, UP Los Baños, and University of San Carlos.
These schools form the academic consortium called the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT).
The partnerships are in line with the push to increase private-public partnerships (PPP) of
President Benigno Aquino III, who stressed that public-private partnerships are key to achieve economic growth.
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