The Philippines, thru the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), is honored to host the Schools-On-Internet (SOI) and AI3 Joint Meeting 2018 Spring on 22 to 24  May 2018 at DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute Bldg., Carlos P. Garcia Ave, UP Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

The SOI Project is established with the aim to improve higher education in Asian countries using satellite based internet as a medium to conduct lectures, conferences, and classes. Since its implementation until the year 2007, the project had established partnerships with almost 30 universities and research institutions in 14 Asian countries. Further, the project had delivered 150 lectures and 16 courses as of 2016 and continues to provide lecture series with inter-university grade exchanges to verify the sustainability of the environment for real university level lecture infrastructure.

To continue the project’s mission and its operations, representatives from all partner agencies gather twice a year to discuss research and operation issues, related to the AI3 and SOI Asia Projects.

The DOST-ASTI is focused on enhancing the collaboration on satellite-based internet technology and applications for the first meeting in 2018 of the SOI and AI3.

The meeting serves as a platform to exchange information on the best practices in conducting satellite-based internet lectures, research, and field experiment. In addition, it is an opportunity for SOI partnered agencies to strengthen their collaboration and forged new relationships with other network institutions.

With this, we are pleased to welcome our partner agencies.

Mabuhay and see you soon in Manila!


22 – 24 May 2018 ( 3 Days )


  1. Registration to the SOI and AI3 Joint Meeting 2018 Spring is free but slots are limited.
  2. You may register by providing details as required below in our registration form until 30 April 2018.


To Register, click here.

Visa Information

As defined by the Department of Foreign Affairs, a Philippine Visa is an “endorsement made on a travel document by a consular officer at a Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad denoting that the visa application has been properly examined and that the bearer is permitted to proceed to the Philippines and request permission from the Philippine Immigration authorities at the ports of entries to enter the country. The visa thus issued is not a guarantee that the holder will be automatically admitted into the country, because the admission of foreign nationals into the Philippines is a function of the immigration authorities at the port of entry.”

Requirements for Applying a Temporary Visitor’s Visa

Application for a temporary visitor’s visa must be made in person at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate, which has jurisdiction over his or her place of residence. While some may apply his or her visa application at any Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad, others are only permitted to apply his or her visa at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate, in his or her legal residence or country of origin. Minimum requirements for applying a temporary visitor’s visa are as follows:

  1. Passport or travel document valid for at least six months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines;
  2. Duly accomplished visa application forms;
  3. Two pieces passport photos;
  4. Proof of bona fide status as tourist or businessman;
  5. Confirmed tickets for return or onward journey to the next port of destination; and
  6. Payment of visa fees.

For more information, visit http://www.dfa.gov.ph/.

E.O. 408 and Countries with No Visa Entry

Below are the countries whose nationals may enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding 30 days under Executive Order 408, provided these foreign nationals are holders of a passport valid at least six months, beyond the period of stay in the Philippines and return outward bound tickets to country of origin or next country of destination.

1. Andorra
2. Angola
3. Antigua and Barbuda
4. Argentina
5. Australia
6. Austria
7. Bahamas
8. Bahrain
9. Barbados
10. Belgium
11. Belize
12. Benin
13. Bhutan
14. Bolivia
15. Botswana
16. Brazil*
17. Brunei
18. Bulgaria
19. Burkina Faso
20. Burundi
21. Cambodia
22. Cameroon
23. Canada
24. Cape Verde
25. Central African Republic
26. Chad
27. Chile
28. Colombia
29. Comoros
30. Congo
31. Congo, Democratic Republic
32. Costa Rica
33. Cote d’ Ivoire
34. Croatia
35. Cyprus
36. Czech Republic
37. Denmark
38. Djibouti
39. Dominica
40. Dominican Republic
41. Ecuador
42. El Salvador
41. Equatorial Guinea
44. Eritrea
45. Estonia
46. Ethiopia
47. Fiji
48. Finland
49. France
50. Gabon
51. Gambia
52. Germany
53. Ghana
54. Greece
55. Grenada
56. Guatemala
57. Guinea
58. Guinea·Bissau
59. Guyana
60. Haiti
61. Honduras
62. Hungary
63. Iceland
64. Indonesia
65. Ireland
66. Israel*
67. Italy
68. Jamaica
69. Japan
70. Kazakhstan
71. Kenya .
72. Kiribati
73. Korea (ROK)
74. Kuwait
75. Kyrgyzstan
76. Laos
77. Latvia
78. Lesotho
79. Liberia
80. Liechtenstein
81. Lithuania
82. Luxembourg
83. Madagascar
84. Malawi
85. Malaysia
86. Maldives
87. Mali
88. Malta
85. Marshall Islands
90. Mauritania
91. Mauritius
92. Mexico
93. Micronesia
94. Monaco
95. Mongolia
96. Morocco
97. Mozambique
98. Myanmar
99. Namibia
100. Nepal
101. Netherlands
102. New Zealand
103. Nicaragua
104. Niger
105. Norway
106. Oman
107. Palau
108. Panama
109. Papua New Guinea
110. Paraguay
111. Peru
112. Poland
113. Portugal
114. Qatar
115. Romania
116. Russia
117. Rwanda
118. St. Kitts and Nevis
119. Saint Lucia
120. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
121. Samoa
122. San Marino
123. Sao Tome and Principe
124. Saudi Arabia
125. Senegal
126. Seychelles
127. Singapore
128. Slovak Republic
129. Slovenia
130. Solomon Islands
131.South Africa
132. Spain
133. Suriname
134. Swaziland
135. Sweden
136. Switzerland
137. Tajikistan
138. Tanzania
139. Thailand
140. Togo
141. Trinidad and Tobago
142. Tunisia
143. Turkey
144. Turkmenistan
145. Tuvalu
146 .Uganda
147. United Arab Emirates
148. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
149. United States of America
150. Uruguay
151. Uzbekistan
152. Vanuatu
153. Vatican
154. Venezuela
155. Vietnam
156. Zambia
157. Zimbabwe

*Brazil and Israel remain eligible for 59-day visa-free entry as elaborated under Section D of FSC-21·10.



The Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) is created as a research and development institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) by virtue of Executive Order 128 in 1987. The agency is committed to the development of the Filipino society and contribute to the attainment of national development priorities through providing innovative solutions through Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Electronics Technologies.

Recognizing the importance of ICT and electronics technologies, the Institute is mandated to undertake long-term researches to strengthen and modernize science and technology infrastructure, and improve initiatives in the scientific field with intensive activities in the computer and information technologies.

To date, DOST-ASTI continues to pursue and implement changes on its organizational operations to bring about a more efficient and service-oriented organization. A new organizational structure was implemented to focus more on its programs and accord significant contributions to the community at the same time. Efforts continue to streamline and review organizational performance, and provide a more customer-centered and proactive organization.



The Philippines is the third largest English speaking country in the world. It has a rich history combining Asian, European, and American influences. Prior to Spanish colonization in 1521, the Filipinos had a rich culture and were trading with the Chinese and the Japanese. Spain’s colonization brought about the construction of Intramuros in 1571, a “Walled City” comprised of European buildings and churches, replicated in different parts of the archipelago. In 1898, after 350 years and 300 rebellions, the Filipinos, with leaders like Jose Rizal and Emilio Aguinaldo, succeeded in winning their independence.

In 1898, the Philippines became the first and only colony of the United States. Following the Philippine-American War, the United States brought widespread education to the islands. Filipinos fought alongside Americans during World War II, particularly at the famous battle of Bataan and Corregidor which delayed Japanese advance and saved Australia. They then waged a guerilla war against the Japanese from 1941 to 1945. The Philippines regained its independence in 1946.

Filipinos are a freedom-loving people, having waged two peaceful, bloodless revolutions against what were perceived as corrupt regimes. The Philippines is a vibrant democracy, as evidenced by 12 English national newspapers, 7 national television stations, hundreds of cable TV stations, and 2,000 radio stations.

Filipinos are a fun-loving people. Throughout the islands, there are fiestas celebrated everyday and foreign guests are always welcome to their homes.

Source :  www.visitmyphilippines.com


More about the Philippines

Currency. Peso (PhP) is the Philippines’ official currency. The exchange rate between USD and PhP is approximately USD 1.00 to PhP 52.00. Most establishments in the Philippines do accept major credit cards including American Express, Visa and Master Card. However, personal checks drawn on foreign banks are generally not accepted.

Language. The official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and English. Filipino is based on the Tagalog and is the national language of the country. English, on the other hand, is widely used and is the medium of instruction for higher education.

Electricity. The common standard electricity in the Philippines is 220 Volts a/c. However, 110 Volts a/c is also used especially in major hotels.

Climate. The average temperature in the Philippines is 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) and the average humidity is 77%. The coolest months in the country are from November to February while the warmest months are from March to May. From June to October is when the country experiences rainy season.

Clothing. Filipinos dress for the weather. The casual attire for women are light blouses and shorts and for men are collared T-shirts worn over slacks. For Men, if you are expected to attend any occasion that require a jacket and tie, a good substitute will be a barong tagalog. The said attire is an embroidered shirt that is considered a formal dress and is regarded as the national dress of the country.

Anti-Smoking Law in Enclosed Spaces, etc.. MANILA, Philippines — Section five of the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 (Republic Act 9211) prohibits the carrying of any lighted tobacco product in public vehicles, schools, health centers, elevators, cinemas, malls and in places where fire hazards are present. Smoking is also banned in recreational facilities for minors. Fines imposed on violators of this section range from P500 to P10,000.

Time. The local time of the Philippines is eight(8) hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).


The following are hotels recommended by DOST-ASTI based on proximity to the meeting venue :


Novotel Manila Araneta Center 

For more details about the hotel, you may visit the Novotel website. Click here.


Microtel by Wyndham UP Technohub 

For more details about the hotel, you may visit the Microtel Website. Click here.


Note :  Transportation from Microtel and Novotel to the venue will be provided by DOST-ASTI.

Contact Us

  1. For inquiries, you may contact the SOI AI3 Joint Meeting 2018 Spring organizing committee at soi2018@asti.dost.gov.ph. Please indicate subject of your concern (e.g. ‘Request for Invitation’ or ‘Meal Arrangement’).
  2. You may also contact the following through soi2018@asti.dost.gov.ph or at telephone number  (+632) 426 9764

Solutions and Services Engineering Division
Department of Science and Technology
Advanced Science and Technology Institute

Organizing Committee Head
Solutions and Services Engineering Division
Department of Science and Technology
Advanced Science and Technology Institute