CARRYING the theme “Building the Industrial Philippines,” the city will host the first Philippine Industrial Summit (PIS 2019) in Mindanao on Nov. 25-27.
Franklin Quijano, administrator and chief executive officer of Phividec Industrial Authority, said tycoons and industry champions would gather on this three-day event at Limketkai Luxe.
Quijano said the summit, brought together by PIE-MO Industries Association, Inc. in partnership with Phividec, is expecting President Rodrigo Duterte to grace the event.
The summit, which is also first in Mindanao, would be a gathering of champions and tycoons from various industries, as well as leaders from public and private sectors, government agencies, and policymakers.
Members of the academe, the general public, and media practitioners are also invited to join the talks.
Quijano said the affair marks the jumpstart of an industrial revolution that would push the nation forward on a global economic platform.
“As neighboring Asean countries integrate advancement, the lack of it must keep our country in an industrial dark age and may prevent local industries from successfully penetrating the global market,” said Quijano.
He added that the Philipines has several major industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, and electronics, to name a few.
Many of these industries, Quijano stressed, may have failed to appreciate and innovate in recent years and are unable to keep up with the latest standards in technology.
He said, “We have so much potential industrial-wise to meet consumer demands on a global scale.
“But we’re caught by outdated practices. Through the acquisition of advanced technologies and the adoption of innovative practices, the country can achieve socio-economic development and become globally competitive. The upcoming PIS 2019 makes us prepare for the future,” Quijano added.
The gathering also seeks to engage participants in relevant discussions so they can establish networks, create a cohesive vision of the modern industry, and share ideas on courses of actions.
“Ultimately, the summit will be the gateway to revolutionizing the Philippine industrial ecosystem,” Quijano said.
Phividec Industrial Authority is a government-owned and controlled corporation responsible for industrial estate development throughout the Philippines.
Since its establishment in 1974, it has been involved in various projects and programs aimed at socio-economic recovery and industrialization.
It has 3,000-hectare special economic zone that encompasses 13 barangays within the municipalities of Tagoloan and Villanueva. (pr/jpn)