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The Hitachi Social Innovation 2017 MANILA was held at Fairmont Makati, Manila, on 28th June 2017. The event showcased Hitachi's Social Innovation in the global market through hosted seminars, exhibition as well as panel discussion and how Hitachi can address the challenging issues faced in the Philippines through collaborative creation.
Dr. Ernesto M. Pernia, Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), graced the event as Guest-of-Honor. He discussed the government’s urban development plans and the support that corporate sector can provide in realizing these targets. The event also saw many external speakers sharing their expertise in smart cities and urban planning. They include Mr. George T. Barcelon, President, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Ms. Aileen Anunciacion R. Zosa, Executive Vice President, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) (on behalf of Mr. Vivencio B. Dizon, President and CEO, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA)), and Mr. Roberto Jose L. Castillo, President & Chief Executive Officer, EEI Corporation.
Hitachi’s presentations by Mr. Masaya Sakakibara, Department Manager of Business Partner Sales Department, Hitachi, Ltd. Building Systems Business Unit, Mr. Kazutaka Yokoyama, Manager of Digital Energy Business Promotion Department, Hitachi, Ltd. Energy Solutions Business Unit and Mr. Mitsuhiko Shimizu, General Manager, Hitachi Asia Ltd. Philippine Branch, also allowed distinguished guests to understand how Hitachi can contribute to the Philippines’ growth, as well as its existing businesses in areas such as urban development and smart cities by looking at energy management, ICT solutions and more. Specifically, Hitachi’s vision for future smart cities and the success story in area energy management system (AEMS) was showcased through the Kashiwa-No-Ha Smart City Project. Guests also learnt more about MicroGrid System for metro and remote areas through the exploration of related technologies from a technical and value adding standpoint.
A panel discussion, “What Makes a City ‘Smart’?”, highlighted how Manila can become an ideal urban city by exploring the roles of key stakeholders such as the government, citizens, and the private sector. The informative discussion featured esteemed panelists from both the public and private sectors: Ms. Andrea Dorotan, Architect and Urban Planner: Clark Green City, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), Architect and Urban Planner Salvador C. Tan, Assistant Vice-President, Ayala Land, Inc., Mr. Ibarra G. Paulino, Executive Director, Philippine Constructors Association, Inc., Mr. Cedric Goh, Deputy General Manager, Lifestyle & Recreation Division, Hitachi Aqua-Tech Engineering Pte. Ltd. and Mr. Xavier Eyadan, Senior Business Development Manager, Hitachi Asia Ltd. Philippine Branch. The session was moderated by Mr. Michael Gold, Editor for The Economist Intelligence Unit's thought leadership division in Asia.
Hitachi's key technologies and strengths in the Social Innovation Business were also highlighted at the exhibition. Some of the key business fields showcased include Urban Development, Energy, Security Solutions, Water and Healthcare.
The event concluded with a cocktail reception to provide ample opportunity for mingling and to facilitate the sharing of ideas among key stakeholders in the Philippine market.
This was the third time that the Hitachi Social Innovation Forum was held in the Philippines, following successful events in other Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar. The forum attracted close to 220 guests, with the next forum scheduled to be held later this year in September.