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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 09, 2012


Gov’t release P300-M to provide R&D support for semicon & electronics manufacturers

MANILA, Jan. 9 -- President Benigno S. Aquino III has directed the release of P300 million to bolster government’s research and development support for the semiconductor and electronics industry, an established driver of economic growth, amidst the weakening of export markets.

Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad said the fund will be used by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to establish an Advanced Failure Analysis Laboratory that manufacturers here could use to test their products.

“The industry, which has bolstered economic growth and job generation in the past, should now be supported now that global markets continue to be weak. This project clearly signals that the Aquino administration is committed to the competitiveness and sustainability of the semiconductor and electronics industry as a priority area for job generation,” he said.

“With this facility, companies here without their own laboratories need not send their product samples abroad for testing. This will shorten the turn-around time and reduce costs,” he said.

He noted that this initiative was one of the agreements forged in a meeting between the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc. (SEIPI) and the Departments of Budget and Management, Labor and Employment, and Education; the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and the Commission on Higher Education. The project was also positively endorsed by Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo.

The P300 million is an initial investment for the establishment of the advanced failure analysis laboratory. It includes purchase of major equipment and rehabilitation of the building located in DOST Compound to meet the ISO standards for a state of the art failure analysis facility. At Phase two, the laboratory will be enhanced to become the “Nanotechnology Testing Center.”

The establishment of such facility is consistent with the Information and Communication Technology and Semiconductors Roadmap of DOST, where nanotechnology research will be geared towards building core facilities for nanometrology, solar cell testing, and failure analysis.

The electronics and semiconductor sector is considered one of the leading and important industries in the Philippines. Over the last two decades, the industry’s total share to the country’s exports has been steadily increasing from about 20 percent in 1991 to a peak of about 70 percent in 1998. In 2010 alone, the industry generated revenues of about US31 billion.(DBM)

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