On September 19, 1995, Executive Order No.655 signed by then President
Fidel V. Ramos, declared 1996 as the Philippine Information Technology
(IT) Year. This move was undertaken by the government as a further means
to promote wider and greater awareness of the strategic value of
information technology for national development.
Proclamation No.655 also directed the holding of the National Search
for Product Excellence in Information Technology (IT Search). This
competition aims to harness Filipino ingenuity and exploit fully the
potentials of IT in developing world-class IT IT products.
The 1st IT Search held in 1996 and the 2nd IT Search held in 1998
received overwhelming response from the Filipino IT practitioners here
The National Search for the Product Excellence in Information
Technology is an undertaking of the DOST which aims to harness and give
due recognition to Filipino ingenuity in the Field of IT. It is also a
means to identify Philippine niche(s) in IT as well as
globally-competitive products for the export market.
1.To heighten awareness and appreciation of the significant role of IT
in national development efforts;
2.To harness Filipino ingenuity and exploit the potentials of the IT in
developing global competitive products;
3.To identify the Philippine niche(s) in IT as well as globally
competitive IT products for the export market.
This 3rd IT Search is open to:
Private organizations-domestics corporations or associations duly
registered under Philippine laws, at least 60% Filipino-owned;
Government agencies - except PCASTRD and DOST Regional Offices.
The entry must be a new software or hardware product which must
not have been sold in market the prior to September 1999. It should
be ready for demonstration or commercialization by the time of
submission. Prototypes are not allowed.
Only one (1) entry must per individual/organization will be
The product should be one of its kind in the local and international
market. Originality and innovativeness refer to outstanding quality and
uniqueness. It must not infringe Intellectual Property Rights.
The product should have practical applications in one or more
industries. Its contribution to business and the quality of life is,
therefore, an important aspect of this category. Its practical
application should also be complemented by its market and production
This criteria refers to the product's effectiveness and efficiency,
complemented by the importance of user friendliness.
The winning product should also be able to support the objective of
establishing the Philippines' IT niche in the world market. It should
have the potential for direct export or as an enabler for an IT or
non-IT product for export.
The Search is open to Filipino individuals or private Filipino-owned
organizations who have developed any software or hardware, with
commercial value. Preference will be given to e-commerce related and /or
web enabled products in the following areas of application:
Any software that helps farmers, fisher folks in the raising,
marketing, maintaining and delivery of their produce, and in the proper
use, maintenance and maximization of the tools of the trade.
Any software that deals with organization and maintenance of
institutions whose main purpose is profit generation and employment.
Any software that aims to improve the delivery of instruction based
on appropriate pedagogical principles as well as in school
administration and management.
Any software that deals with the operation and maintenance of
hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, public or private health institutions,
including studies and researches related to diseases and illness.
Any software that can be utilized to help and assist social workers,
charitable organizations, non-profit organizations in the delivery of
services and the day-to-day management of their organization.
Any software/hardware entries that do not fall under any of the
categories specified below.
A special award will be given by Sun Microsystems Philippines, Inc.
for the best entry using Java Development Kit 1.1 or 1.2.
Prizes at Stake
Top Six (6) Winners
The winners will receive cash prize and trophy:
One Million Pesos(P1,000,000.00)
Six Hundred Thousand Pesos (P600,000.00)
Three Hundred Thousand Pesos(P300,000.00)
Two Hundred Thousand Pesos each(P200,000.00)
Category winners will be chosen from among the entries and will win
One Hundred Thousand Pesos (P100,000.00) each.
All expense-paid trip to attend the Java 2001 Conference in San
One (1) unit of Laptop Computer
Schedule of Activities
July 10, 2000 to October 31, 2000
November 27, 2000
The Westin Philippine Plaza
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila during the 19th South East Asia
Regional Computer Conference (SEARCC).
Submission of Entries
1. Application forms are available at DOST, all DOST Regional Offices
and the IT Foundation of the Philippines (ITFP).
2. Entries can be submitted starting July 10, 2000 until October 31,
2000 to any of the following receiving offices:
General Santos Avenue
Bicutan, Taguig, MM
Tel nos.:837-7516 or 837-7522
ITFP/Phil. Computer Society
U263 City land Dela
Dela Rosa Street, Makati City
Telefax Nos.:849-4325 or 4397
3. Only application forms with complete and sealed documents will be
4. Those qualified for final judging will be required to demonstrate
5. For more information you may call or visit the PCASTRD-DOST or the
nearest DOST Regional Office or the ITFP or access www.pcs-it.org.ph.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is the premiere
science and technology body in the country charged with the twin mandate
or providing central direction, leadership, and coordination of all
scientific and technological activities, and of formulating policies,
programs, and projects to support national development.
The Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research
and Development (PCASTRD), is the sectoral planning body of the
Department of Science abnd Technology (DOST) tasked to develop,
integrate, and coordinate the national research system for advanced
science and technology. Among its priority areas is information and
communications technology (ICT).
The Information Technology Foundation of the Philippines (ITFP) is
composed of the following 13 IT associations:
Chief Information Officer Forum
Computer Manufacturers, Distributors and Dealers Association of
Government Organization for Information Technology
Information Technology Association of the Philippines
New Education Technologies Foundation
Philippine Association of Data Entry Corporations
Philippine Association for Open Computing
Philippine Computer Society
Philippine Computer Society Foundation
Philippine Society of IT Educators
Philippine Software Association
Philippine State Universities, Colleges, Computer Education