The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), lead convenor of the Philippine APEC Study Network (PASCN), and the University of the Philippines (UP) are set to hold a symposium focusing on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe) on Monday, October 8.
With the theme, “Disruptive Technologies: Opportunities, Challenges, and Risks”, the symposium convenes experts from PASCN member-institutions who will present their studies related to innovation, technology, and the FIRe, also known as Industry 4.0. Specifically, the symposium will focus on the regulatory issues and challenges that come along with Industry 4.0, as well as the benefits and applications of emerging technologies in various industries including the education sector.  
The topic is aligned with Papua New Guinea’s APEC 2018 theme on “Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future”, as well as the theme of the recently concluded Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) on “Harnessing The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Creating Our Future Today”, which was led by PIDS.
The symposium is one of PASCN’s information dissemination activities to discuss important regional integration issues as they impact the Philippine economy.
Among the speakers include Atty. Jose Jesus M. Disini, Jr., associate professor at the UP College of Law, Dr. Alfredo Mahar Lagmay, executive director of the UP Resilience Institute, Dr. Joel Joseph Mariano, director of the Department of Science and Technology - Advanced Science and Technology Institute, Dr. Grace Jamon of UP Clark, Dr. Cecille Lazarte Maramba of UP Manila, Dr. Juvy Monserate, professor at the Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Dr. Danilo Largo of the University of San Carlos (USC), and Dr. Jinky Bornales, vice chancellor for research and extension of Mindanao State University (MSU) - Iligan Institute of Technology.
A general assembly and business meeting of the network members will be held after the symposium to discuss PASCN’s accomplishments and research endeavors in support of the APEC agenda.
The PASCN was established in 1996 through Administrative Order 303 as the Philippines’ response to the APEC Leaders’ Education Initiative, which seeks to develop regional cooperation among higher education and research institutions in the APEC region.  It is one of the APEC Study Centers in APEC member-economies and is part of the APEC Study Centers Consortium.
The network is composed of the Asian Institute of Management, Ateneo de Manila University, CLSU, De La Salle University, MSU, Silliman University, University of Asia and the Pacific, USC, UP, Xavier University, Department of Foreign Affairs-Foreign Service Institute, and the PIDS as lead institution and secretariat. ###

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