The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), lead convenor of the Philippine APEC Study Center Network (PASCN), in partnership with the University of the Philippines, will hold a symposium with the theme Disruptive Technologies: Opportunities, Challenges and Risks”It will be held on October 8, 2018 (8:30 am to 12:00 pm) at the 4F Henry Sy Sr. Hall, UP Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

The symposium is organized in line with PASCN's information dissemination program which aims to provide an opportunity for researchers to present and disseminate the results and key findings of their studies to various stakeholders. It also serves as a forum to discuss important regional integration issues as these impact the Philippine economy. In particular, this year’s theme is aligned with Papua New Guinea’s APEC 2018 theme on ‘Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future’ and dovetailed with the recently concluded Development Policy Research Month's theme on ‘Harnessing The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Creating Our Future Today’.

The Symposium will be followed by the general assembly or the business meeting among members of the PASCN in the afternoon. The GA aims to update the PASCN members of the network’s accomplishments and to provide the members the avenue to share their respective research endeavors concerning APEC agenda and regional integration issues.

(Due to limited seating, this event  is by invitation only).

For more information about this symposium, please contact the PASCN secratariat at Tel. No. 877-4072 or email


Session 1

Fintech Regulations
 by Mr. Emerson Banez, UP College of Law

DRRM with Project NOAH by Dr. Alfredo Mahar Lagmay, Executive Director, UP Resilience Institute

STAMINA4Space: Disruption and Value Creation from Space Technology through Data, Industry, and People by Dr. Joel Marciano, Acting Director, DOST-ASTI

Digital Transformation of Local Governments in Region 3 by Dr. Grace Gorospe-Jamon, University of the Philippines

Trials and Triumphs in Herbal Medicine Research: The NIRPROMP Experience by Dr. Cecille Lazarte Maramba, University of the Philippines

Session 2

CLSU Nanotechnology R and D in Aquaculture/Agriculture
by Dr. Juvy Monserate, Head of Nanotechnology R and D Facility, Central Luzon State University

Driving Innovation in Universities: USC Experience
 by Dr. Danilo B. Largo, Manager, Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO), University of San Carlos

Building MSU-­IIT’s Innovation Ecosystem: A complex task in a complex setting by Dr. Jinky Bornales, Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology

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