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Dumaguete City, Philippines Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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workshop set Oct. 20

The Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. invited the United States Agency for International Development-Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development Program for a regional focused workshop in Dumaguete City October 20.

This is with regard to the perennial problem of slow Internet connectivity in Dumaguete City and other parts of the province.

NOCCI president Edward Du said yesterday that he is also looking forward to the announcement of President Rodrigo Duterte warning key players in the telecommunications industry to improve their services or face serious competition from China.

The USAID-STRIDE Program is a multi-year initiative established to create inclusive economic growth in the Philippines, by advancing science and technology research among local higher education institutions, and advocating collaborations with universities and select industry counterparts.

The regional focused innovation workshop, titled “Science and Technology Solutions to Local Problems through Industry-Academe Linkages”, aims to clearly define innovative solutions and technical needs that are of interest to industries and local governments in Dumaguete and neighboring towns, Du said.

It is envisioned that such technical ideas and topics can become future collaborative research projects between the industry, academe, and local government units that STRIDE or other agencies can support.

Among the broad industrial topics to be discussed include renewable energy and information and communications technology, solid waste management, and internet connectivity, among others.

“We believe this workshop will be vital in defining long term research goals that drive inclusive economic growth for the region,” Du and Richard Abendan, research and industry partnerships manager of USAID-STRIDE, said.*JFP


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