Sunday, March 15, 2015
Posted by: Roger Reyes
MANILA, Philippines–The idea is to turn classroom nerds into successful entrepreneurs and help the Philippines become the next Silicon Valley.
For Dado Banatao, chair of the Philippine Science and Technology Development Foundation-Manila Inc. (PhilDev), the country’s growing economy may get an even bigger boost through technology.
Banatao, also known as the Philippines’ “Father of Semiconductors,” believes that, with the right innovation and solution, Filipino engineering students may help push the country’s development by coming up with value-added technology to take to the global market.
“It’s hard to access the global market without value-added products. You cannot expect a leverage of the global market unless you use technology-based products. [That is why] we have to work with the academe,” he explains.
Already, the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has committed to a program that will combine science and technology with entrepreneurship.