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SEIPI clocks 25 years promoting Philippine electronics industry

Posted: 12 Nov 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Philippine electronics? SEIPI anniversary? semiconductor industry?

American author Napoleon Hill once said, "First comes thought; then organization of that thought into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality."

Celebrating 25 years, the Semiconductor and Electronics Industry in the Philippines Inc. (SEIPI) pursues its vision of transforming the Philippines into a regional center of excellence in the electronics industry and become the investment location for design, manufacturing and distribution.

On Semiconductor Phils general manager Nigel Kissaun donates a check worth $25,000 to the victims of the typhoon Ondoy. SEIPI president Ernie Santiago and chairman Arthur Young accept the donation.

SEIPI held its 98th General Membership Meeting Oct. 15 at the NBC Tent, Taguig City to discuss the Philippine electronics industry performance and outlook, and to celebrate its anniversary. With its silver anniversary coming soon after typhoon Ondoy hit the country, SEIPI included a fundraising activity and held raffle for donation to support the victims. Companies pledged monetary support, including On Semiconductor with $25,000; Continental Temic Auto with ?25,000 ($37,500) and Maxim Semicon with Php2 million ($42,800) to cite some.

Looking back
Aiming to converge and revolutionize the industrial development of the Philippines, 13 executives from local and foreign companies joined hands Oct. 24, 1984 to form Semiconductor and Electronics Industry Foundation Inc. (SEIFI). A non-stocked, non-profit organization, the group was chartered to conduct, promote and undertake technical training to meet the electronics industry's needs and accelerate the transfer of technology to local employees. The group conducted specific in-company training and financed industry-wide training programs for engineers and technicians in the electronics industry.

Three years later, SEIFI amended its by-laws to include its community service, transforming the group from a training-driven association to one that represents and promotes the interest of its members in their interaction with the government, media and other sectors in the business community.

On September 1998, SEIFI changed its name to SEIPI to boost its goal of being the representative body of the major players and industries supporting the development of Philippine electronics. From a 13-man group that sought to enhance the competitive environment for electronics business growth in the Philippines, SEIPI now boasts 226 members. With the electronics industry accounting for 63 percent of Philippine's total exports (as of August 2008), SEIPI has played an increasing role in molding the country's technologically-advanced export structure.

Recovery underway
During the event, a somber audience listened to SEIPI president Ernie Santiago's presentation of industry performance statistics for January-August 2009. From $20.3 billion in 2008 Philippine electronics export dropped to $13.73 billion. The Philippine electronics industry can be segmented into the following subsectors: semiconductors and other components; electronic data processing (EDP) equipment; office equipment; telecommunication equipment; and communications and radar.

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