Innovation clusters officially unveiled with P322-M fund

The master plans for the “innovation cluster” program of the Congressional Commission on Science and Technology (Comste) were presented recently during a meeting to formally launch the program at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City.

Sen. Edgardo Angara is flanked by DOST Secretary Mario Montejo (right) and Comste executive director Gregory Tangonan

Aside from Comste chair, Sen. Edgardo Angara, the event was attended by DOST Secretary Mario Montejo, Comste executive director Gregory Tangonan, and other participants of the program.

The innovation clusters initiative is basically a partnership for research and development (R&D) among government, academe, and the private sector. It is also is intended to serve as public-private partnerships (PPPs) in S&T.

There were five innovation clusters that were identified by Comste during the event – ICT for cloud computing and software-as-a-service, disaster science and management, precision farming and smart agriculture, responsible mining technologies, and algae research and commercialization.

A number of government agencies will be contributing funds totaling P322 million for the roll-out of the innovation clusters. For ICT and disaster science, P50 million is expected to come from the E-Government Fund.

During the event, Tangonan revealed that a public-private consortium in the Visayas is already conducting field trials for cloud-based computing.

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