Press Release
June 22, 2011


Senator Edgardo J. Angara lauded an industry-driven Public-Private Partnership (PPP) that has led to the development of a Filipino-designed and engineered microprocessor named after national hero Dr. Jose Rizal.

He said that BiTMICRO Network International Inc., a world-renowned Filipino technology company, has taken the lead in this trailblazing effort.

"The Congressional Commission on Science Technology and Engineering (COMSTE) has been pushing for industry-led PPP's that can drive the innovation engine of the Philippines," said Angara, who chairs COMSTE.

"COMSTE salutes the vision and leadership of BiTMICRO for crafting this highly innovative program aimed at a new generation of Filipino electronics products, as well as a new generation of Filipino innovators," he added.

The project will be expanded into a national program for high-value electronics, which will create Filipino branded products.

Angara is also pushing for funding for the Industrial Research and Development Institute (IRDI), envisioned to be an industry-led PPP that will create the next generation of high value electronics through strategically focused R&D.

"The new Rizal processor is a bold PPP that bets on the Filipino as an innovator. The program crafted by BiTMICRO addresses key issues like intellectual property development in chip design, advanced chip development, layout and testing, and embedded software - all of which contribute toward the creation of a world-class processor," he explained.

"The creation of this innovation ecosystem in high value electronic products will be a huge boost to our global competitiveness," said Angara.

COMSTE joins BiTMICRO as part of Team Philippines, the PPP that is driving the 'Rizal' Processor project.

Other members are the Synopsis, Ateneo de Manila University, Mapua Institute of Technology, De la Salle University, Don Bosco Technical Institute, Mindanao State University, University of the Philippines, University of San Carlos, Texas Instruments, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry, and the Advanced Research and Competency Development Institute (ARCDI).

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