3rd National Search 

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 and abroad.


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:

  • Individuals-Filipino Citizen;

  • 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 accepted.


  • Originality

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.

  • Usefullness

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 potential.

  • Demonstrated Performance

This criteria refers to the product's effectiveness and efficiency, complemented by the importance of user friendliness.

  • Exportability

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:

  • Agribusiness

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.

  • Business

Any software that deals with organization and maintenance of institutions whose main purpose is profit generation and employment.

  • Education

Any software that aims to improve the delivery of instruction based on appropriate pedagogical principles as well as in school administration and management.

  • Healthcare

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.

  • Social Welfare

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.

  • Open Category

Any software/hardware entries that do not fall under any of the categories specified below.

  • Special Category (Java Cup Philippines 2000)

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:

1st Prize:

One Million Pesos(P1,000,000.00)

2nd Prize:

Six Hundred Thousand Pesos (P600,000.00)

3rd Prize:

Three Hundred Thousand Pesos(P300,000.00)


Two Hundred Thousand Pesos each(P200,000.00)

  • Category Winners

Category winners will be chosen from among the entries and will win One Hundred Thousand Pesos (P100,000.00) each.

  • Special Category Winner

1st Prize:

All expense-paid trip to attend the Java 2001 Conference in San Francisco, USA

2nd Prize:

One (1) unit of  Laptop Computer


Schedule of Activities

  • Acceptance of Entries

July 10, 2000 to October 31, 2000

  • Proclamation of Winners and Awarding Ceremonies

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:


DOST Compound 
General Santos Avenue
Bicutan, Taguig, MM
Tel nos.:837-7516 or 837-7522
Fax no.:837-3168

ITFP/Phil. Computer Society
U263 City land Dela
Rosa Condominium
Dela Rosa Street, Makati City
Telefax Nos.:849-4325 or 4397

Email: pcs@worldtelphil.com

3. Only application forms with complete and sealed documents will be pre-screened.

4. Those qualified for final judging will be required to demonstrate their product.

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 Organizers


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 the Philippines

  • Genesys, Inc.

  • 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 Systems Society.