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Consul General J. Susana V. Paez (3rd from left, in green), DTI Undersecretary Rafaelita Aldaba (6th from left), PEZA Director General Tereso Panga (7th from left) and other members of the Philippine delegation listen to a question being posed to MATTER coordinator Michael Martinez (3rd from right) as they tour one of the innovation hub’s share workspaces. (Photo: Chicago PCG/Melvin Almonguera)

17 April 2023 – The Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, led by Consul General J. Susana V. Paez, and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in New York, under the supervision of Trade Commissioner Benedict M. Uy, accompanied a delegation from the Philippines to a site visit of MATTER, a Chicago health technology incubator, to learn more about cutting-edge developments in the healthcare industry and explore possible synergies with the Philippines’ healthcare information management capabilities.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary for Competitiveness and Innovation Dr. Rafaelita M. Aldaba, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Tereso O. Panga, and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Director Emmylou Versoza-Delfin led the 35-person delegation to the site visit, which included industry leaders and business executives led by IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) CEO Jack Madrid and Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines (HIMAP) President Vincent Remo.

The tour of the hub’s facilities was conducted by MATTER Events and Marketing Coordinator Michael Martinez, Associate Operations Manager Noelle Sales-Griffin, and Vice President for Operations Charlene Fan, through the efforts of World Business Chicago FDI Director Karla Ruth Orozco.

MATTER was founded in 2014 and guides health tech startups as they seek to grow in a very competitive industry. It has worked with more than 200 startups, which collectively have attained more than $1 billion in funding. The innovation hub leverages Chicago’s advantages in healthcare education and practice, as well as a vibrant technology ecosystem. END

Members of the delegation led by Undersecretary Aldaba (4th from right), Director General Panga (7th from right) and DICT Director Emmylou Verzosa-Delfin (6th from right) listens to Michael Martinez of MATTER . (Photo: Chicago PCG/Noly Dulay)