The CSECE is a regional version of the Philippine Semiconductor and Electronics Convention and Exhibition (PSECE) held annually in Manila. Its thrusts are: (1) to enable business through exhibits, business matching meetings and product presentations; (2) to tackle issues in the legislative and regulatory environment that affect the ease of doing business in the Philippines; and (3) to identify opportunities for research collaborations between academic institutions (SEIPI’s Affiliate Members) and the industry (SEIPI’s Regular and Associate Members).
Notable highlights in the CSECE include the keynote address of Philippine Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles; technology trends from Joseph Liwag of Knowles Electronics Philippines Co. and Lilith Montayre of On Semiconductor Philippines Inc.; developments in the energy industry from James Byron Yu of Aboitiz Power; and the industry-academe linkage propositions presented by Richard Abendan of the Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) of USAID Philippines; Dr. Napoleon Juanillo of the Institute for Research, Innovation, and Scholarship (IRIS); Luis Cabatingan of the University of San Carlos (USC); and Dr. Ruth Cabahug of the University of Science & Technology in the Southern Philippines (USTP).
The CSECE Breakout Sessions featured the Parts Localization Session, with the guest speaker from the World Bank Group, Farida Adji, who tackled upcoming Supplier Development Programs, and the technical paper presentations of engineers from Cebu-based semiconductor and electronics companies.
In 2019, SEIPI has a pronounced focus on Industry-Academe Linkages, with programs in three areas. First is the promotion of IC Design training in the undergraduate curriculum and as a short course for industry professionals. SEIPI has signed a partnership agreement with the De La Salle University – Laguna (DLSU-Laguna) campus and the University of Science & Technology in the Southern Philippines (USTP – Cagayan de Oro) for the implementation of SEIPI’s IC Design Laboratory, to train professors, students and practitioners.
SEIPI’s first members from Mindanao – USTP and the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) – also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize their commitment to offer IC Design as electives in their engineering program, and to cooperate with semiconductor & electronics manufacturing companies (SEIPI’s Regular Members) in curriculum alignment, faculty and staff immersions, internship program offerings, industry outreach and career fairs, professorial chairs (if applicable) and laboratory installations (if applicable).
Putting premium on the increasing interest of universities to meet industry needs in research and development, SEIPI convenes its member-universities or Affiliate Members quarterly to match inquiring companies with qualified academic institutions. SEIPI is working towards matching universities and companies to work together on project design and proposal-writing, including the grant search.
In 2019, SEIPI also conducted job fairs as one of the sidelines of the PSECE 2019 held in Manila in May and in Cebu at the CSECE 2019, in collaboration with their Committee for HR Managers. This is aligned with SEIPI’s advocacy for inclusive employment in all tiers of careers in the industry.
SEIPI is the leading and largest organization of 345 multinational and Filipino-owned semiconductor and electronics companies, allied industries in the supply chain, and universities. All of SEIPI’s programs in 2019 are anchored on the industry’s theme: “Enhancing the Role of the Semiconductor & Electronics Industry in Nation-Building,” which, in the CSECE, was best demonstrated through Industry-Academe partnerships.
Further information about SEIPI can be found at www.seipi.org.ph.