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kopinux
February 23rd, 2008, 03:26 AM
MANILA, Philippines--The Advanced Science and Technology Institute, a research and development arm of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST), and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) are joining forces to spur open source development in the Philippines, a top official of the science department said.

This government-backed initiative will involve setting up of a physical incubation center, where local open source development companies can set up offices, Science and Technology Secretary Estrella Alabastro told INQUIRER.net in an interview.

The initial plan is to build the incubation center within the compound of the ASTI, she said.

Saying that this is one of her pet projects, Alabastro disclosed that more 20 companies have signified their interest to locate in the planned facility. Among them is IBM, she added.

Alabastro said that there are plans to re-engineer "container vans" that will house computers and other information and communications technology needed to develop the incubation center.

She said that DoST targets to start building the center this year.

"If this will materialize, I can retire," Alabastro quipped.

Initially, the DoST has committed to invest P10 million, she said, noting that the funding will come from grants-in-aid program of the DoST.

This year, the agency said government has allocated about P1.2 billion for the grants-in-aid program of the science and technology department

The grants-in-aid program provides grants for the implementation of programs and projects identified in the current DoST priorities and the science and technology activities identified in the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

Information and communications technology is one of key areas identified in the grants-in-aid program of the agency.

In a separate interview, Dr. Graciano Yumul Jr., said that the DoST is expecting to get about P1.2 billion in grants-in aid this year. This budget is a separate allocation that is managed by DoST and given to research and development institutions.

Last year, the agency got about P600 million, Yumul said.
http://technology.inquirer.net/infotech/infotech/view/20080218-119681/DOST-Peza-join-forces-to-spark-RP-open-source-development

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kopinux
February 23rd, 2008, 03:36 AM
other news:

More schools adopting RP-made open source training program
http://technology.inquirer.net/infotech/infotech/view/20080222-120548/More-schools-adopting-RP-made-open-source-training-program

industry = education.

get ready for open source revolution! thanks to vista and discontinuation of xp in june and end of support in april 2009.
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