Aquino sees rosy future for electronics

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Biñan, Laguna: President Benigno Aquino 3rd sees a brighter future for the country’s electronics industries, citing the creative, hardworking and loyal Filipino workforce.

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Aquino was in Laguna where he visited the facility of Kaertech Electronics Philippines, Inc. (KEPI) here.

In his speech, Aquino recalled his visit in Europe last year where the KEPI company showed its smart electronic toothbrush that is assembled in Laguna.

“We were in an [innovation]center, a very high-tech facility, and one of the main founders was giving us a tour, explaining what they intended to do. Towards the end of the tour, I was wondering, ‘Why is this guy bringing out a toothbrush?” I don’t know if it was a hint that some of us forgot to brush that morning, only to find out pleasantly that, indeed, there is such a thing as a bluetooth toothbrush these days, that helps you monitor the efficiency of your brushing. But more importantly, it is made in the Philippines,” he said.

“I have always believed in the skill and ingenuity of the Filipino, and I am filled with optimism, seeing how companies like Kaertech Electronics seem to share this confidence in our people,” he added.

Aquino then cited the company’s plan of exploring a number of options regarding their Philippine operations, including setting up a new factory and creating a development team in areas of electronic, mechanical, and software development.

“Today, I take the opportunity to tell you that you cannot go wrong with the Filipino people. They are hardworking, creative, and loyal, and, with the support of a government that is more equipped than ever to empower your industry, the foundations for continued success are firmly in place,” he said.

The President noted that under his administration, manufacturing has “made a definitive comeback.”

From 2010 to 2015, the industry posted an average annual growth of 7.6 percent; compared to the three percent average growth from 2001 to 2009.

Aquino said that the Philippines has been chosen as the manufacturing site for a lot of aircraft components and medical equipment like hemodialysis treatment devices.

“Indeed, more and more, the world is discovering how the Philippine brand is synonymous with quality, and we are seeing the early fruits of this development,” Aquino said.

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  1. unemployed bum on

    There is one very important reason why these so called “High Tech” companies wanted to move their facilities in the Philippines because the government’s regulatory commission, an agency that suppose to oversee the disposition of toxic chemicals, or manufacturing waste, does not enforce strict guidelines on disposition of their wastes. They should make sure that these electronic manufacturing waste are properly treated before releasing to treatment facility, such as water treatment or the environment. I am not even sure if the agency have this type of guidelines, purposely created on disposition of electronic manufacturing waste, and penalties for violators. Cancer is the common problem associated with untreated wastes.

    Electronic manufacturing waste in the U.S. are strictly treated, and manufacturer must be in compliance with the government’s guidelines. I know this very well, because I have worked as an electronics engineer, developing missiles and other high tech weapon systems for Uncle Sam, working in Silicone Valley, in Santa Clara County, California, in the early 1990s. This is the “mecca of electronics” in the United States. Then came the NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement in late 1993, and in early 1994, most of these high tech facilities have moved to Mexico, where they do not strictly enforce treatment of chemical waste before releasing to waters and environment. Now, the population close to these facilities are paying dearly.

    The Philippine government needs to develop statutory and regulatory guidelines on how these “high tech” facilities disposed their manufacturing waste. God forbids, we would not want to see poor starving people, suffering from cancer, also.