THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it is currently crafting the country’s artificial intelligence (AI) sector road map in a bid to adopt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4ID).

Trade Undersecretary Rafaelita Aldaba

In statement on Monday, DTI said Trade Undersecretary Rafaelita Aldaba of the Competitiveness and Innovation Group recently led the formal signing of an agreement with data scientists Christopher Monterola and Erika Fille Legara for the formulation of an AI road map, as AI is important since it is emerging to be a potential bright spot for the Philippines with wide opportunities for growth for the country’s competent workforce.

“The formulation of the AI road map is very important and timely. This effort provides the impetus that will move the country forward to keep up with the rapidly changing times,” Aldaba said.

The Philippines ranked third in the Southeast Asian region in the Government AI Readiness Index 2019,” she added.

Monterola and Legara from the Asian Institute of Management Aboitiz School of Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship, meanwhile, presented the framework for the formulation of the road map, which shall primarily be data-driven and consultative in nature.

An AI task force consisting of academicians, government officials, and industry stakeholders will be created to support the initiative.

The road map will conduct an analysis of AI’s impact on the country’s industries and workforce, and recommend policies and programs necessary for success such as AI trainings and labs.

Aldaba said the road map is a definite way to achieve the country’s goal of becoming an AI powerhouse in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

“With all of us (government, academe, industry) working together, our aspiration to become an AI [C]enter of [E]xcellence would be achieved,” she added.