NegOcc to unveil business incubation center

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Friday, January 23, 2015


UNIVERSITY of the Philippines (UP) System president Alfredo Pascual and Director Rowen Gelonga of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 6 will join Governor Alfredo Marañon in the opening of Negros Occidental’s Technology Business Incubation Center (TBIC) on January 26.

Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, executive director of Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT) and project proponent of the TBIC, said the facility is aimed to host local start-up companies engaged in information technology (IT) services (web design, systems and solutions), software development, game development and animation, among other IT activities.

Last year, the governor signed a mentorship agreement with UP Cebu to help in the capacity development of personnel and startup founders who will be part of the TBIC.

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Also in 2014, BNEFIT signed a partnership agreement with DOST-6 for the ICT Start-Ups Equipment Support (ISES) Program that will provide equipment to startups at the TBIC.

The Negros First CyberCentre is the first facility proclaimed as an IT building by President Benigno Aquino III last June and accredited by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority which will also house an incubation facility.

After its launch, Batapa-Sigue said BNEFIT will already finalize the screening of qualified startups and assigned the equipment which is primarily composed of two sets of computers. Training under UP Cebu will also begin, and hopefully we can already identify venture capitalists and local clients in the Philippines and abroad.

Pascual will also present UP’s research project entitled “Project 7. LiDAR Data Processing and Validation under the program Phil-LiDAR 1 (Hazard Mapping of the Philippines Using LiDAR) and LiDAR Data Processing, Modeling and validation Under the Program Phil-LiDAR 2 (Detailed Resources Assessment using LiDAR) in Western Visayas.”

The Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 are the components of the Nationwide Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment of Mitigation (Dream) Program, one of the platforms of the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazard’s Project (Project NOAH), which is supported by the DOST under the Grant-in-Aid Program.

Phil-LiDAR 1 has already covered all identified critical river basins in Negros Occidental during the first six months of the project implementation. For the second and third year of the project implementation, it will already cover all critical river basins in Iloilo, Antique, Capiz, and Aklan provinces, with additional areas like Iloilo and Guimaras.

In the first year of the LiDAR 2 project, the priority area is Negros Occidental. Using LiDAR images and other remote-sense data, preliminary assessment of the extent or coverage of high value and priority cops was done for agriculture, to include sugarcane, rice, corn and herbaceous crops. There was also a preliminary mapping of the coastal area that includes the mangrove forest and the near shore resources.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 23, 2015.

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