iSCENE 2024: USTP officials collaborate with leaders to advance smart and sustainable communities

By Kindle Mae B. Arcaya, USTP Office of the University System President

The USTP System President, Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II, along with the Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Office of the Vice President for Global Engagements and Quality Assurance, Dr. Lory Liza D. Bulay-og, and the Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, Dr. Consorcio S. Namoco, Jr., participated in the 2nd International Smart City Exposition and Networking Engagement (iSCENE 2024) on April 11 to 13, 2024 at Isabela Convention Center, Cauayan City, Isabela. 

The three-day event with the theme “Synergy Unleashed: Becoming Smart and Sustainable Communities through Strategic Partnerships” served as an avenue for government leaders, industries, innovators, and academic institutions to converge resources and perspectives in advancing forward-thinking cities and communities. 

The program was strategically organized to foster comprehensive discussions on synergistic approaches to building partnerships. It also sought to incite an in-depth exchange of best practices and strategies from international and national stakeholders. This knowledge sharing can support the local government units in facilitating the realization of the Transforming LGUs toward Society 5.0 project, which is an initiative spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), with combined efforts from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP). 

The USTP contingent also includes Dr. Junar A. Landicho, Dean of the College of Information Technology and Computing (CITC) of USTP Cagayan de Oro, and Ms. Marylene S. Eder, MIT, faculty member of the Computer Science department.

USTP’s active participation in iSCENE 2024 allowed the university to explore new collaboration opportunities with the government, industries, academe, and even with potential international partners. Fostering linkages could contribute to the competitiveness of Science and Technology and can sustain the innovation ecosystem in Region X.