Oceans 16

Nov 19, 2016

Two years ago, there was a forum held here that got many of our young leaders involved. There may not have been so much noise that this forum generated back then, drowned by other major developments in the country when the Philippines hosted APEC and no less than US President Barack Obama came to attend.

That was OCEANS 14 which focused more on social enterprise and working with communities, and now the convenors are all set to hold OCEANS 16 inBohol from Nov. 24 to 25. It is called OCEANS which stands for Open Collaboration with East Asia New Champions Summit 2016. Co-chairing OCEANS 16 are Sen. Bam Aquino who is passionate about unlocking the potential for technological innovation for the benefit of the Philippines and Winston Damarillo, a Filipino Young Global Leader recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

WEF held this year's meeting at Davos -Klosters in Switzerland and Mr. Damarillo was there. He spoke about the newest trend called Fourth Industrial Revolution or "Industry 4.0" and he is excited about how this can impact emerging markets like the Philippines. In the recent media presentation for OCEANS 16 which Business & Leisure attended, the speakers in the OCEANS 16 panel included noted broadcaster Karen Davila who was already involved with OCEANS 14. She said she was struck by the fact that most Filipino entrepreneurs lacked the knowledge of how to connect and who to connect with and how pleased she was that OCEANS 16 will be hosted by the Philippines this year. Most conferences like this would often be held in Hong Kong or other more cosmopolitan cities but because of OCEANS 14, she was given the opportunity of connecting with the right people.

Industry 4.0 is all about breakthroughs in technology and how these can "transform whole systems of production, management and governance to aid societies overcome challenges from business and energy, to transportation and climate change" . Said Winston Damarillo, "this year in Davos, we talked about the Fourth Industrial Revolution-- how high technology will promote rapid industrialization and how digital can impact lives for the better." And this is what OCEANS 16 is bringing to the Philippines in the forum in Bohol on Nov. 24-25. As Sen. Bam Aquino explained, OCEANS 16 is bringing innovative people and companies together, those who care about the country's future. It will look at what the latest innovations all over the world are and how these can positively impact the Philippines, how it can improve our future and help our country move forward.

In the Philippines, there are a few companies working with OCEANS to bring to our shores these latest digital innovations. Among these are Meralco, PLDT SME, Landbank, BDO, Hortonworks and NEC Philippines who will be presentors at OCEANS 16 to talk about disruptive and transformative technologies in Bohol.

Meralco, for its part, will discuss emerging solutions through their program called the Technology and Innovation Summit (MTECH) to help inform the players in the Philippine energy industry work towards smarter utilities and create intelligent customer-related solutions that will enhance our lives. Along this line, Meralco reported that they implemented their Automated Distribution Management System (ADMS) this year. They are digitizing the electrical grid and automating power distribution should power outages occur. This is what we mean by the digital world changing the Filipino's lives, changing the Philippine landscape and harnessing this for our common good. The ADMS is part of Meralco's efforts to support alternative forms of energy like wind and solar and digital trends like Cloud and Big Data.

PLDT SME Nation, on the other hand, is offering solutions like the Smart Tracker, which utilizes technologies like Wifi and blue tooth and which has proven vital for business owners to monitor their vehicles or field force personnel to improve productivity and security. Other solutions include their Smart Logistics Solutions and this where e-ticketing systems and digital proof of delivery come in. Previous to these high tech solutions, our MSMEs were already leveraging their business through internet connectivity and smart mobile devices, so these innovations have raised the bar for them and have given them a competitive advantage in their businesses and become more cost-effective.

Sen. Bam Aquino , for his part, talked about a bill that he sponsored at the heels of OCEANS 14. This is the Start-up Bill in support of the country's micro, small, and medium enterprises. Together with other leaders involved in OCEANS, he believes that digital technology is not the privilege of big corporations alone. Our MSMEs should be able to benefit from this as well if we expect our MSMEs to be competitive.

Winston Damarillo , like Sen. Bam, is most passionate about how OCEANS 16 can work not only for our MSMEs but for our OFWs as well. This year's forum is whole new dimension and it will be a great opportunity for many Filipinos to collaborate with big businesses. One of the partners of OCEANS 16 isKaya Ko, which is a membership of very talented Filipinos targeting overseasPinoys to come home and start life here again as entrepreneurs. We have a wealth of limitless ideas from MSMEs whom they now call "Indiepreneurs" in Ocean. At this new forum, there will be so many diverse ideas, there will be networking with other small and big businesses. Hopefully too, this will open the eyes of our public officials to the new opportunities and innovations. Mr. Damarillo promises that Bohol will be a whole new experience, a "microcosm of what we want to achieve for the theme of this year's OCEAN. Technology will help Filipinos tap into their creativity, come together to share resources and include more and more people into the economy and the conversation that is now taking place online. Technology can help us be who we are, but better."

For his part, Sen. Bam said he "believes that government support is important in unlocking the potential for technological innovation. That is why we are pushing for the Innovative Start-up Act so that we can boost our digital start-up community."

Mabuhay!!! Be proud to be a Filipino.

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Ray Butch Gamboa graduated from the College of Arts and Letters of the University of Sto. Tomas. It was a course that should have been preparatory to a law degree, but the call of broadcasting aborted his plans.

At the age of 16, while still a student, Butch tried his hand at disc jockeying, landing a job at Mareco Broadcasting Network's AM stations DZBM and DZLM. From there, Butch moved on with his illustrious career as a popular disc jockey, riding the airwaves of Bob Stewart's middle-of-the-road music at DZXX, and ending his disc jockeying career at ABS-CBN's DZYL and DZQL.

From there, he stayed on with ABS-CBN, covering live the proceedings at the Manila Stock Exchange and eventually entered into the world of television sales as an account manager for the premier channel of ABS-CBN Channel 2.

In the early 70's, at the outbreak of Martial Law, Butch was one of the thousands of professionals who woke up jobless when then President Marcos declared the new status of the nation. With the closure of ABS-CBN, Butch ventured into different fields outside of broadcast. He tried his hand and with ease and success at export (Costume jewelry), real estate (brokerage), and restaurants (fast food).

In 1987, after the revolution, with the broadcast industry back to its free state, and with its irresistible call ringing in his ears, Butch made his inevitable comeback and pioneered in a local motoring show, producing Motoring Today on Channel 4 and co-hosting with local motor sports' living legend Pocholo Ramirez.

After 4 years, he ventured into another pioneering format by producing and hosting Business & Leisure, which was originally aired on ABS-CBN's Channel 2. The format eventually espoused similar ones in other different channels. But the clones in due course faded away leaving the original staying on airing on Channel 4 and eventually on Shop TV on Sky Cable's Channel 13.

The following year, the pioneering spirit in Butch spurred him to produce another TV show, Race Weekend, also on Channel 4, covering circuit racing at the Subic International Raceway after the motor sport's hiatus of 17 years. But when similar shows with duplicated formats sprouted, he decided to give way and ended the program after a year, although still enjoying unparalleled viewership.

In 1998, when the local automotive industry was in a slump, Butch contributed his share to help the ailing industry by producing another popular motoring-related show, this time exclusive to the automobile and its industry—Auto Focus, which became a vehicle for local automotive assemblers and importers to showcase their products and dwell on the industry's latest technological developments.

In 2003, Butch teamed up with his brother, Rey Gamboa who was a former Shell executive and presently one Philippine Star's business columnist to co-produce and co-host the TV show Breaking Barriers on Channel 13. It is a talk show that features guests who are in the news and in the middle of controversies. The program ventures to draw deeper insights into current issues to learn how they impact to our daily lives.

Today, Motoring Today on its 28th year of service to the general motoring public still enjoys its unprecedented loyal vierwership nationwide while Auto Focus, after 16 years has firmly established its niche viewership among automobile enthusiasts and on the other hand Business & Leisure is on its 24th year dishing out current business issues and lifestyle features.

Today, aside from writing weekly columns for the Philippine Star (Motoring Today on Wednesdays and Business & Leisure on Saturdays) and executive producer / host of weekly TV shows (Motoring Today, airs Sundays on Solar Sports Channel 70, Business & Leisure, airs Tuesdays on Shop TV, Sky Cable Channel 13 and Auto Focus airs Thursdays on Shop TV, Sky Cable Channel 13, Ray Butch Gamboa is currently the Chairman and CEO of Sunshine Television Production and Marketing Services Corp., President of Gamcor Management and Development Corp., Chairman of Asia-Pacific Realty Corporation, President and Chairman of Socio-Communication Foundation for Asia and Founding Chairman of the Society of Phil. Motoring Journalists (SPMJ)