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Cebu top choice for a Satellite AI research center

THE Cebu Information Technology-Business Process Management Organization Foundation Inc. (CIB.O) seeks government support for the establishment of a satellite research branch for artificial intelligence (AI) in Cebu.

As Cebu’s information technology-business process management (IT-BPM) sector continues to flourish through the years, CIB.O president Pert Cabataña said it is high timefor Cebu to have a satellite branch of the National Center for AI Research (N-CAIR) for the province to fully participate in the implementation of the national AI roadmap.

“CIB.O will endeavor to participate in top efforts by negotiating for a branch research center to be located at the Cebu I.T. Park,” Cabataña said, adding that Cebu has been gearing toward elevating the IT-BPM industry to global innovation standards.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said vital to the national AI roadmap is the creation of the N-CAIR, “that houses full-time scientists and research engineers, serving as the nexus to AI competitiveness of the country.”

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez explained “that the N-CAIR will build the capacity of companies to produce new products, processes, and services using AI. It will help them apply AI in their operations, how to avoid spoilage of agricultural produce, predict maintenance of equipment and optimize processes in factories, and enhance their business decision-making through advanced analytics – leading to more operational efficiencies and innovation.”

“Building the N-CAIR is important in attracting tech companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon to locate their AI Research and Development in the Philippines as well as in empowering our workers with skills to find quality jobs and in scaling Filipino AI solutions to the world,” added DTI Undersecretary for Competitiveness and Innovation Rafaelita Aldaba.

The DTI launched the National AI Roadmap in May to ensure that the Philippines will benefit from the rising AI industry, which is estimated to increase worldwide gross domestic product by 14 percent by 2030 or an infusion of $15.7 trillion into the global economy.

“The country’s AI roadmap will position the Philippines as an AI center of excellence and a big data processing and analytics hub providing high-value data analytics and AI services to the world. This will be our next high-value service-winner after business process management,” said Lopez. SUNSTAR CEBU