PHOTO CAPTION: (L-R) Mr. Felix Ang of the AVID Board of Trustees, Ms. Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo, AVID President; Hon. Mario Montejo, DOST Secretary and Hon. Fortunato de la Peña, DOST Undersecretary.

The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) has recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to formalize their partnership in launching the Innovation Congress(iCON) early next year.

iCON shall  serve as a platform for an exchange of ideas and advocacies among respected Filipino thought leaders and innovators on the importance of innovation as a way to prosper in an increasingly competitive global environment. Likewise, the Congress will serve as a venue for sharing the latest innovation trends and strategies that the country needs to overcome the challenges of globalization and to foster economic growth and development.

Looking deeper into this partnership, the concept of iCON has been fortified by a shared vision of AVID's annual Thought Leadership Forums(TLF) and DOST's National Innovation Strategy program coined as 'Filipinnovation'.

Present at the MOA signing at the Manila Hotel were AVID Board Members, led by President Ms. Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo, and DOST executives led by Secretary Mario Montejo and Undersecretary Fortunato de la Peña.

“AVID member companies take pride in the innovation philosophies of the top world brands that we represent. Innovation has driven us to become formidable players in the automotive industry. This is why we laud and commit to support the National Innovation Strategy of the DOST,” affirmed Ms. Agudo

In response, Secretary Montejo declared, “This partnership with AVID will significantly contribute to promote public awareness of Filipinnovation. iCON will be a ‘delivery room’ for more innovation that will foster a shift toward a ‘smart’ society… of integrated systems that will bring about bigger improvements for the benefit of all.”

Apart from the active participation of AVID members and DOST, this event will involve other groups from the private sector and the academe. iCON will be a testament to the country’s unified vision of a thriving Philippines through cutting-edge innovation.