Conference Program

08:30 - 09:00
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09:00 - 09:40
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Opening Session

National Anthem

Welcome Remarks and Introduction

    Celia Reyes, President, PIDS

Keynote Address
    Ernesto Pernia, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and Chairperson, PIDS Board of Trustees
09:40 - 12:30
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Session 1: Plenary Session

Chair/ Moderator:

    Coco Alcuaz , Executive Director, Makati Business Club


The Coming Digital Technological Landscape, Breakthroughs, and a Glimpse into the Future

    Stephen Ezell, Vice President, Global Innovation Policy | The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

Asian Development Outlook 2018: How Technology Affects Jobs

    Yasuyuki Sawada, Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank

Discussants (15 minutes each):

    Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Ayala Corporation
    Elmer Dadios, University Fellow and Full Professor, Manufacturing Engineering and Management Department, Gokongwei College of Engineering, De La Salle University


12:30 - 13:30
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13:30 - 15:30
Breakout Rooms

Session 2: Parallel Sessions

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16:00 - 18:00
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Session 3: Ways Forward

Chair/ Moderator:

    Emmanuel De Dios, Professor, UP School of Economics, and President, Human Development Network


    Ramon Lopez, Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry
    Eliseo Rio, Jr., Acting Secretary, Department of Information and Communications Technology
    Diwa Guinigundo, Deputy Governor, Monetary and Economics Sector, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)
    Peter Draper, Executive Director, International Trade Institute, University of Adelaide, and Co-Chair, Council on ​The Future of International Trade and Investment, World Economic Forum
    Christopher Bernido , President, Central Visayan Institute Foundation Inc. (CVIF), and 2010 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee
    Winston Damarillo, Executive Chairman, Amihan Global Strategies
    Alvin Culaba, Academician, Philippine National Academy of Science and Technology, and University Fellow and Full Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, De La Salle University

18:00 - 18:10


Closing Remarks

    Benjamin Diokno, Secretary, Department of Budget and Management

13:30 - 15:30
Batanes 1 Function Room

Agriculture, manufacturing, and services

Chair/ Moderator:

    Rafaelita Aldaba , Assistant Secretary, Industry Development and Trade Policy Group, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

PRESENTERS (20 minutes each)

Inclusive Innovation Industrial Strategy (i3S): Preparing for Industry 4.0

    Rafaelita Aldaba
Better Future for All: Responsible Policies for Smart Economies
    Mia Mikic, Director, Trade, Investment, and Innovation Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
Linking Agriculture to Nutrition and Environment
    Eufemio Rasco Jr., Chair, Agricultural Sciences Division, National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)
Lessons Learned from Applications of IoT at Social Spheres
    Shin-Horng Chen, Director and Research Fellow, International Division, Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research
Fintech, Competition, and Innovation
    Stephen Ezell,


13:30 - 15:30
Batanes 2 Function Room

Science, Technology, and Innovation

Chair/ Moderator:

    Carol Yorobe, Undersecretary for Scientific and Technical Services, Department of Science and Technology (DOST)

PRESENTERS (20 minutes each):

Building Globally-Linked Manufacturing-and-R&D Science & Technology Innovation Ecosystems in the Philippines: An Indispensable Step Toward Inclusive National Development and to Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Joel Cuello, President, Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE), and Professor of Biosystems Engineering, University of Arizona
Developing Human Capital in Science, Technology and Innovation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
    David Hall, Senior Technical Advisor, Economic Development, RTI International
Data for the FIRe: DOST-ASTI’s Science Infrastructure for Data and Computation
    Joel Joseph Marciano, Jr., Director, DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI)
The Role of Government in Improving the Science and Technology Landscape for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
    Jose Ramon Albert , Senior Research Fellow, Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)
    Ramonette Serafica, Senior Research Fellow, Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)

13:30 - 15:30
Mactan 1 Function Room

Labor market and social protection

Chair/ Moderator:

    Alex Villarosa Avila, Assistant Secretary for Workers Protection, Policy Support, Human Resource, Administrative, and Internal Auditing Services, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)

PRESENTERS (25 minutes each):

The Future of Work and Social Protection

    Markus Ruck, Senior Specialist on Social Protection for the Philippines and South-East Asia, International Labour Organization (ILO)
FIRe and the Employment Challenge
    Emmanuel Esguerra, Professor, School of Economics, University of the Philippines
The social implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe) in the Asia-Pacific region
    Kostas Mavromaras, Director, Future of Employment and Skills Research Centre, University of Adelaide

13:30 - 15:30
Mactan 2 Function Room

Human capital development (education and training)

Chair/ Moderator:

    Commission On Higher Education (CHED)

PRESENTERS (20 minutes each)

Fourth Industrial Revolution: New Paradigm for Education and Training

    Michael Fung, Director, Training Partners Group, and Chief HR Officer and Chief Data Officer, SkillsFuture Singapore
More than Schooling: Returns to a Broader Set of Skills in Labor Markets
    Elizabeth King, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, and Commissioner, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)
Mainstreamed AI and the FIRe: Implications on Education and Training in the Philippines
    Arnulfo Azcarraga, College of Computer Studies - Software Technology, De La Salle University
Facing FIRe with WAATER
    Ma. Victoria Bernido, Directress, Central Visayan Institute Foundation Inc. (CVIF) and 2010 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee