Partners in innovation. At the MOA signing between the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors and the Department of Science and Technology for the launch of the Innovation Congress, or iCon, in 2013 were (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.
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 and DOST. AVID is known for its yearly Thought Leadership
Forums (TLF) that aim to promote engaging dialogue between AVID member companies
and leaders in the government, private business, and the academe regarding policies
and developments that affect the automotive industry and the broader economic and
Meanwhile, DOST’s National Innovation Strategy program, coined “Filipinnovation,”
was created to nurture a mindset of innovation at all levels in Philippine society.
Filipinnovation envisions a Philippines capable of creating globally competitive
products and services, local firms that are innovation-driven through increased
research and development (R&D), and a public policy environment that guarantees
constant innovation. Together, the AVID TLF and DOST’s Filipinnovation gave birth
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.