The Manila-Laguna-Batangas (MLB) Research and Innovation Consortium is seeing action at the 16th Philippine Semiconductor and Electronics Convention and Exhibition (PSECE) from 31 May-01 June 2019 at the SMX Convention Center, Manila, Philippines.
PSECE is the biggest annual electronics industry event produced and organized by the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (SEIPI). This year more than 200 foreign and Filipino electronics and supply chain companies are expected to exhibit at the show. In line with this year’s theme: “Enhancing the Role of the Semiconductor and Electronics Industry in Nation-Building”, the participation of the consortium highlights the importance of industry-academe linkages for the further development of the country’s electronics industry.
At this year’s PSECE the six schools of the MLB consortium—Asia Pacific College, University of Perpetual Help System-Biñan, University of the Philippines-Los Baños, FAITH Colleges, Batangas State University, and Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna—will be presenting innovative projects and engaging with industry players to collaborate on the development of the country’s talent pool. The schools of MLB are recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Centers of Excellence (COE) and Development (COD) in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and are poised to lead in research and instruction in these fields that continue to be critical for the continued competitiveness of Filipino engineers and electronics companies.
About the MLB Research and Innovation Consortium and Corridor
The corridor, which extends from the Magallanes INterchage in Makati, passes thru Laguna, reaching all the way to Batangas City via the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Southern Tagalog Arterial Road Tollway (STAR Tollway). The region is a hub for the electronics manufacturing industry, along which hundreds of electronics companies are located, and contributes more than 50% of the total Philippine exports annually. Situated along the same route are the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the six HEIs recognized as COEs and CODs in STEM fields. With a high concentration of both industrial and academic activity, the MLB Research and Innovation Corridor bears much similarity to other regions in the world like Silicon Valley and the North Carolina Research Triangle.