05 May 2021, 10am – 12:15pm
Online via Zoom, with livestream over DTI.Philippines FB Page

Artificial Intelligence (AI) can both be an advantage and a disadvantage for nations, depending on how prepared or unprepared they are for what it may bring. As the world transitions into the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), AI can help make our industry and government processes much more efficient, which can pave a way for the Philippines to develop new industries; it can also help innovate and transform what we currently have. On the other hand, AI, as many know, can disrupt jobs; some jobs, especially menial and routine-driven ones, will be lost to automation. However, AI can also create new jobs and opportunities. Finally, the prevalence of AI will also prompt governments to deal with data privacy and AI ethics issues.

Indeed, there is a need for the Philippine government to be more deliberate in planning for our nation as we face the era of AI and 4IR in general. The government needs to carefully think about how we can create an AI ecosystem in the Philippines and how we can truly take advantage of AI technology to solve our society’s problems and make our industries more competitive regionally, if not globally.

This AI roadmap is created as a guide in codifying and devising a strategy of national preparedness to maximize the benefits from employing AI technologies and developing AI economies.

Program Agenda


10:00-10:05 AM

National Anthem

Asec. Napoleon Juanillo, Jr.

Assistant Secretary for Competitiveness and Innovation

Department of Trade and Industry


10:05-10:15 AM

Opening Remarks

Usec. Rafaelita Aldaba

Undersecretary for Competitiveness and Innovation

Department of Trade and Industry

10:15-10:30 AM

Keynote Remarks

Sec. Ramon Lopez


Department of Trade and Industry

10:30-10:50 AM

Presentation of AI Roadmap

Dr. Erika Legara

Dr. Christopher Monterola

Aboitiz School of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Asian
Institute of Management

10:50-11:45 AM

Panel Reactions

Gregory Domingo

Senior Adviser, SM Investments Corporation

Rey Untal

President & CEO, IBPAP

Joseph Ladion

CEO, Proweaver, Inc.

Dr. Tirso Ronquillo

President, Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges

Usec. Arturo De Castro

Undersecretary for Legal Affairs, Policy, Planning, & Finance,
Department of Information and Communications Technology

Usec. Rafaelita M. Aldaba

Undersecretary for Competitiveness and Innovation, Department of
Trade and Industry

11:45-12:15 NN

Open Forum

Media & Audience