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City supports UPV-DOST project in business incubator

ILOILO CITY, Aug 3 — The city government here is giving all-out support to the development of Small Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Development Services –Technology Business Incubator (SEEDS-TBI) project, officials on Friday said.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the SEEDS-TBI project, the first to be established in Western Visayas, is a joint undertaking of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV)and Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Mayor Mabilog and UPV Chancellor Dr. Rommel Espinosa signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) Friday for the city to become a collaborator in a technology business incubator project that focused on software development as a home-based technology.

The city collaboration will focus mostly on business and permit licensing and other local requirements in establishing a business here with focus on the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.

Other project collaborators for the training of groups or individuals in order to qualify as start-up business for the ICT are the Iloilo provincial government, Department of Trade and Industry and Iloilo Federation of Information Technology (IFIT).

The training will be conducted at the fourth floor of UPV building in the Iloilo City campus under the College of Management.

Prof. John Lawrence Belanio and several small and medium enterprises here have already applied to participate in the three-year training project. (PNA) ajp/LCPendon/vlo

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