Innovate Iloilo


After series of workshops with the core groups from various sectors, the seven components for the Innovate Iloilo Roadmap were conceptualized.


To foster a culture of innovation by engaging visionary & entrepreneurial leaders in all sectors from government, industry, R&D, academe and civil society to develop innovation mindsets, behaviors, and outcomes among their respective stakeholders.

To drive ease of doing business, and data-driven decision-making through digitalization of internal and external government processes, strengthening connectivity, infrastructure, and promotion of smart
cities concept among stakeholders.

Smart Cities and Communities

Collaborative R&D

To strengthen R&D collaboration with government & industry, and enhance support & incentives for researchers & scientists to commercialize R&D that is responsive to the needs of the market and society.

To develop globally-competitive innovation talent by aligning industry needs to curricula, enhancing enrollment and education in science, technology, engineering, arts, math (STEAM) programs, and promoting faculty engagement in research & innovation.

Innovative Human Capital

Strong Startup

To establish a vibrant community of innovative and high-growth startups across various sectors, fostering a conducive business ecosystem with investable deal flows and comprehensive support services, including startup programs, infrastructure, and a strong network of enablers to create holistic impact.

To revitalize key industries such as agriculture/aquaculture, manufacturing, ICT, tourism, and health/biotech by collaborating with researchers, academia & startups to commercialize R&D and create innovation-driven products, services, or new business models.

Innovation-Driven Economy

Creative Industry

To make Iloilo known as a creative city that supports the development of the creative industries, and protects the rights and capacities of creative businesses, artists, craftsmen, creators, workers, indigenous cultural communities, content suppliers, and other industry stakeholders.


Upon suggestion by the Department of Science and Technology Region VI, the roadmap was also aligned to incorporate the indicators from the Global Innovation Index by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The target year of 2030 was also adopted because of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Hence, the Iloilo Innovation roadmap aims to align to the goals to "end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030."

The roadmap also intends to align with the Western Visayas Regional Development Framework of the Philippine Development Plan drafted by the National Economic Development Authority.