Roxas City – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Capiz Province and Region VI launched the Capiz Innovation Center (CIC) at The Genesis in Pueblo de Panay Township last December 10, 2020. At the same time as the launching, DTI also turned over the said Shared Service Facility (SSF) to the Province of Capiz.
The facility boasts of almost 13M worth of high-technology equipment funded by DTI to enable micro, small, and medium enterprises, tech startups, professionals, and students to realize their dream products and projects.
A Fabrication Laboratory, also known as Fab Lab, is a state-of-the-art facility where anyone can make (almost) anything using digital design software, 3D scanners, 3D printers, laser cutters, and other advanced technological tools and means. The Capiz Innovation Center, located in Pueblo de Panay TechnoPark, Roxas City, Capiz, is the first of its kind in Northern Panay, and only the second such facility in Western Visayas.
The equipment and materials in the CIC were funded by DTI through its SSF program, supported by DTI Capiz Provincial Director Ken Queenie Cunada, Region VI Assistant Director Ermelinda Pollentes, and Region VI Director Rebecca Rascon.
Roxas City Mayor Ronnie Dadivas welcomed everyone to the launching and turnover, while Gov. Esteban Contreras accepted the facility on behalf of the Province of Capiz, witnessed by Vice Gov. Mitang Magbanua, who presides over the Provincial Board. Turning over the equipment on behalf of DTI were Provincial Director Ken Cunada and Regional Director Rebecca Rascon. The facility was also blessed by Rev. Fr. Prex Fajardo of the Merciful Missionaries of St. Joseph.
Pueblo de Panay, Inc. (PDPI) has provided the space for the facility in Pueblo de Panay Township and will operate the facility on the Provincial Government's behalf, using its network of technology experts to assist MSMEs and local talents in making the most out of this facility. Representatives from Chamber of Commerce were also present. PDPI CEO Jose Nery Ong mentioned in his speech that “the CIC is a great example of what happens when different local stakeholders from the public and private sector work together, we achieve great things.” He also recognized DTI's role in growing the IT industry in Capiz, having arranged Benchmarking activities way back in 2014 so Capiz can learn, leading the local stakeholders to eventually establish the Capiz Information and Communication Technology Council (CICTC) under his leadership in 2015.
Pueblo de Panay Township, PDPI’s flagship project, is the largest township development in Central Visayas. A 670-hectare township development, it was master planned by Surbana Jurong, a Singaporean government-owned consultancy company focusing on infrastructure and urban development. A mixed-use, master planned, and Filipino-inspired township located in the Seafood Capital of the Philippines, Roxas City, it has designated areas for different uses seamlessly integrated to one another. It is a place where people can live, work, relax, and have fun; a place that embodies PDPI’s advocacy – LIFE.WORK.BALANCE.