Industry 4.0 summit slated for Sept. 9

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BUSINESSWORLD, in partnership with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Philippine Chamber of Telecommunications Operators (PCTO), will hold the BusinessWorld Industry 4.0 Summit on Sept. 9 at Shangri-La at the Fort Manila in Taguig City.

This summit, with the theme “Winning Together in the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” will bring together high-ranking public officials, business executives from a variety of industries, and leading experts, who will dissect aspects and effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0), a technological phenomenon that is transforming how people work and live.

Gregorio B. Honasan II, secretary of DICT, will deliver the opening address about aligning the country’s national ICT agenda with IR 4.0. His talk will be followed by three keynote speakers.

The first keynote speech will be given by Anthony Oundjian, managing director and senior partner of the Boston Consulting Group in Southeast Asia. He will discuss the nature of IR 4.0; the technologies driving it; and its effects on the economy, business and government.

The keynote talk of Jose Ramon G. Albert, senior research fellow at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, will revolve around how the Philippines can prepare for IR 4.0.

The importance of strong leadership and right legislations amid IR 4.0 will be the primary focus of the keynote speech of Senator Grace Poe.

Individual speeches will be followed by panel discussions.

The role of the telecommunications sector in IR 4.0 will be the theme of the first panel discussion. The panelists are Joseph Ian G. Gendrano, head of enterprise core business solutions at PLDT, Inc.; Joel R. Agustin, senior vice-president of program governance & delivery at Globe Telecom, Inc.; Edgardo V. Cabarios, deputy commissioner of the National Telecommunications Commission; and Emmanuel Rey R. Caintic, assistant secretary of DICT. It will be moderated by BusinessWorld reporter Denise A. Valdez.

The second panel discussion will explore how the government and the private sector can maximize benefits of technologies brought by IR 4.0. The panel will consist of Eliseo M. Rio, Jr., undersecretary for operations at DICT; Thomas E. Abell, advisor and chief of digital technology for development at Asian Development Bank; Jeremiah B. Belgica, director general of Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA); Victor Ma. Regis N. Sotto, mayor of Pasig City; Victor A. Yap, congressman of the second district of Tarlac; and Renato B. Garcia, president of Kerberus Corp. It will be moderated by BusinessWorld editor-in-chief Roby Alampay.

Opportunities for growth amid IR 4.0 will be the third panel discussion’s subject. The panelists are Mary Jean T. Pacheco, assistant secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry; Ernesto V. Perez, deputy director general of ARTA; Rosemarie B. Ong, president of Philippine Retailers Association; Constantin Robertz, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Entrego; and Roy Cecil D. Ibay, vice-president of Philippine Chamber of Telecommunications Operators (PCTO). Santiago Arnaiz, BusinessWorld SparkUp editor, will be the moderator.

The fourth panel discussion will tackle how IR 4.0 is reshaping the banking and finance sector. The panelists are Chuchi G. Fonacier, deputy governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; Chris Manguera, chief marketing officer and head of marketing and app product at Mynt; Paolo Azzola, chief operating officer and managing director of PayMaya; Hamilton Angluben, general manager of Cashalo; and Yu Ming Chin, founder and executive director of Viventis Search Asia. Moderator is Timothy Roy C. Medina, BusinessWorld multimedia editor.

How the real estate, transportation and manufacturing industries can prepare for IR 4.0 and how they can improve with the help of the technologies driving this revolution are the topics to be discussed in the fifth panel discussion. The panelists are Sheilah G. Napalang, assistant secretary of the Department of Transportation; Danilo D. Lim, chairman of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority; Melzar P. Galicia, acting commissioner of Housing & Land Use Regulator Board; Noel Toti M. Cariño, national president of the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations, Inc; Brian Cu, country head of Grab Philippines; Ibarra G. Paulino, executive director of the Philippine Constructors Association, Inc.; and Lester Michael Hernandez, head of Solutions Consulting AGS, an ePLDT company. It will be moderated by BusinessWorld senior reporter Arra B. Francia.

“Beyond Connectivity and Access” will be the sixth and final panel discussion with two separate discussions on Cybersecurity as well as on Piracy & Creative Industry. For cybersecurity, the panelists are Genalyn B. Macalinao, policy lead for Critical Infostructure Evaluation and Cybersecurity Standard Monitoring at DICT; and Angel T. Redoble, chief information security officer of ePLDT. For Piracy & Creative Industry, panelists are Neil Gane, general manager of Coalition Against Piracy; Teodoro C. Pascua, deputy director general of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines; Yolanda C. Crisanto, senior vice-president and chief sustainability officer of Globle Telecom, Inc.; Louis Boswell, CEO of Asia Video Industry Association; Quark Henares, film director; as well as representatives of Netflix and Disney. These will be moderated by Santiago Arnaiz, BusinessWorld’s SparkUp editor.

PCTO Chairman Enrico L. Delos Reyes will deliver the closing remarks.

The BusinessWorld Industry 4.0 Summit is made possible by major sponsors Suntrust Properties, Inc.; Globe Telecom, PLDT and Smart; minor sponsors Metrobank, HP, Intel, Integrated Computer Systems, Inc.; Entrego, Wilcon Depot, AGS and SAP; media partners Synergy, The Philippine Star and One News; and event partner Fiera de Manila.

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