R&D investments to help the Philippines sustain outsourcing

DOST building

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has urged Cebuano entrepreneurs to invest in locally developed technologies to help bring these technologies into the mainstream market. DOST undersecretary for Research and Development Rowena Cristina Guevara said investments in research and development (R&D), especially in artificial intelligence, are important as these will help the country sustain its momentum in the outsourcing sphere. A study made by the International Labor Organization said that if the country fails to invest in AI, it could lose 89% of its call center jobs in the next decade.