Electronics, metalworks get boost from new gov?t-industry-academe tie-up

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[/caption] The MakiBayan program seeks to unite the government, the private sector, and the academe to advance a more enabling environment for the electronics, metalworks, and machinery industries by sharing technology, expertise, skills, manpower and facilities among the partners. Through a collaborative research and development (R&D) roadmap, MakiBayan will serve as an avenue for the government-private-academe triumvirate to frame all its plans, projects, and milestones from 2012 to year 2016. The partnership was formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding signed on April 16 by DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo in Quezon City with leaders of the electronics and metal sectors, in collaboration with a consortium of engineering schools. Industry associations involved in the tie-up include the Electronics Industry Association of the Philippines Inc. (EIAPI), the Metalworking Industry Association of the Philippines (MIAP), and the Philippine Die and Mold Association (PDMA). The academic consortium, meanwhile, is the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) which consists of eight engineering schools from Ateneo de Manila University, Central Luzon State University, De La Salle University, Mapua Institute of Technology, Mindanao State University-Iligan, UP Diliman, UP Los Ba?os, and University of San Carlos. ?The country should have a strong, vibrant metalworking and electronic sector for it industrialize and modernize,? said Montejo. Transportation, robotics, and machine building for manufacturing processes, disaster mitigation, and food processing for small and big enterprises were identified as beneficiaries of the program.]]>

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