By Aira Juarez
Key players and game changers in the field of technology transfer and commercialization gathered at the Batangas State University last October 18 to participate in a one-day stakeholders’ forum organized by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) in partnership with DOST Regional Office CALABARZON.
Participants from the academe, members of the LGU, regional line agencies and private sector listen to the presentation of each region regarding the status of technology transfer and commercialization in their area. (Photo by Mirielle Vacal)
In 2009, Republic Act 10055 or the “Philippine Technology Transfer Act” was enacted into law to ensure that world-class scientific, technological, and innovative solutions are delivered to the Filipino people. The law mandates the DOST to adopt appropriate policies and procedures to make government-funded technologies and innovations available to the public. Pursuant to this mandate, TAPI serves as the lead agency of the DOST in technology promotion and commercialization strategies.
With the goal of crafting a Philippine Agenda on Technology Transfer and Commercialization, participants from the academe, local government units, private sector, and members of regional line agencies in the National Capital Region and South Luzon area discussed issues that will improve the technology transfer protocol that the Philippines currently has.
The information derived from the forum may also be used by TAPI as a basis to improve and create programs and projects on technology transfer and commercialization.
Each region in the South Luzon cluster including the National Capital Region had the opportunity to present the current landscape of technology transfer, commercialization and promotion in their respective areas.
Engr. Francisco Barquilla III, Assitant Regional Director for Technical Operations of DOST CALABARZON said one of their observations in the region is that some technologies have low Technology Readiness Level assessment and are not yet ready for commercialization. They also experience limited training and promotion assistance by technology generators especially in the compliance of Fairness Opinion Report requirements.
DOST CALABARZON ARD for Technical Operations Engr. Francisco Barquilla presented the issues they encounter in Technology Development, Innovation and Protection, Technology Transfer and Commercialization and Promotion (Photo by Mirielle Vacal)
Likewise, Engr. Romelen Tresvalles of DOST-NCR said that one of the issues they face in Metro Manila is that some technologies are not yet mature for technology transfer and commercialization. Engr. Tresvalles also shared that some of these require high capitalization and investment costs.
"We also noticed that some technologies require high capitalization and investment costs for this to be commercialized so traditionally we would pitch some technologies for companies that are already existing and nandoon sa similar product line para ‘yung kanilang initial investments would not be ganoon kataas," Tresvalles added.
DOST-MIMAROPA represented by Mr. Carl Javate presented one of their suggestions to overcome this challenge is that to provide intervention in translating research and development outputs of the SUCs into commercialized technologies.
Assistant Regional Director for Technical Operations of DOST Region V Ms. Ma. Theresa D. Alcantara also shared that they face the same issues in the Bicol Region and suggested that technologies be developed with an end-user in mind.
"We hope that the technologies generated by these different institutions are in answer to the needs of these MSMEs or the industry in the region. Ang amin pong region is still agri-based and aquatic-based unlike po sa mga highly industrialized regions like CALABARZON and NCR," ARD Alcantara said.
The activity is part of the Lakbay Teknolohiya para kay Juan at Juana: DOST Stakeholders’ Forum and Caravan in South Luzon, in conjunction with the celebration of the Regional Science and Technology Week in CALABARZON that was held last October 17-19 at the Batangas State University.
Promotion of DOST-commercialized technologies led by TAPI’s Institutional Support for Trade and Exhibition (ISTE) was conducted in the form of a three-day technology transfer exhibit at the Bat State U Gym. The technologies can help the business sector in the field of agricultural productivity, MSME competitiveness, IT development and quality healthcare.
The 25 technologies featured in the exhibit were Local Riding-Type Rice Transplanter, Mechanical Fruit Picker, Portable Mango Sprayer, Rice Combine Harvester, Rice Harvester Attachment (RHA) for Hand Tractors, Rice Transplanter Attachment (RTA) for Hand Tractors, Ride-On Precision Seeder for Wet Direct Seeding, Far-Infrared Grain Dryer, Automated Weather Station (AWS), Water Level Monitoring System (WLMS), Flood Early Warning Station - Disaster Early Warning System (DEWS), Tsunami Early Warning System (TEWS) - Alerting Station, AI4Mapping, Contactless Apprehension of Traffic Violators on a 24-hour basis and All-Vehicle Detection System (CATCH-ALL), Salt Iodizing Machine, Spray Drying Technology, Chitosan CaCO₃ Composite (4C) Technology for Oil Spill Remediation, Industry-scalable Natural Dyes, Biotek M Dengue Detection Kit (SPIN OFF COMPANY - MTek), Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS) (SPIN OFF COMPANY - Pivotal Peak), Akapulko lotion, Lagundi syrup, Sambong tablet, Tsaang Gubat tablet and Yerba Buena tablet.
Students flocked at the Batangas State University Gymnasium to join the activities during the DOST CALABARZON Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW)
Meanwhile, nine technologies including Portable Mango Sprayer, Far-Infrared Grain Dryer, Automated Weather Station (AWS), Water Level Monitoring System (WLMS), Spray Drying Technology, Chitosan CaCO₃ Composite (4C) Technology for Oil Spill Remediation, Industry-scalable Natural Dyes, Biotek M Dengue Detection Kit (SPIN OFF COMPANY - MTek) and Akapulko lotion were featured in the Business-to-Business Meeting. Technology generators were given the opportunity to pitch their technologies to the business sector. Officials from the PCCI South Luzon headed by Area Vice President Ms. Sallie Lacson expressed their interest in some of the technologies.
By Rhemil C. Palileo
Taguig City - The Department of Science and Technology – Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) rolls out its newest project, Project SciNing: Cultivating Ingenuity, Creativity and Awareness through Experiential Learning, Innovations and Promotions, after securing highly competitive funding from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
Funded under NEDA’s FY 2022 Innovation Grants through the National Innovation Council, Project SciNing involves the conduct of special Invent School Program (Invent School) in a far-flung area, including film and photo documentary, in November 2022.
DOST-TAPI Director Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena expressed her excitement in the implementation of the Project SciNing.
“DOST-TAPI is proud of this project because we believe it could contribute in harnessing students’ creativity in science and innovations, ensuring inclusivity and cultivating partnerships in the advancement of the country’s S&T goals,” said Director Decena.
In coordination with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the province of Basilan was selected as the inaugural site for the project given its geographical isolation, its vibrant, diverse and distinct cultural assets, and the potential for science and innovations with its youth sector.
STANDING ON WATER. Numerous stilt houses line up in the waters near the seaport of Isabela City, Basilan Province. Photo c/o Ms. Jana Maureen Jimenez/TAPI
“We are elated that Basilan was chosen as the pilot site for the implementation of Project SciNing. We hope that through this initiative, Basilan students would gain better appreciation of science”, said Mr. Arfie Edris, Senior Science Research Specialist of the Basilan Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC).
The Invent School is DOST-TAPI’s trademarked program that helps stimulate the youth’s interest in science through seminar workshops that cover topics on Creativity, Creative Thinking, Ideation Tools and Techniques, and Invention Development, among others.
Project SciNing Leader Engr. Marvin Eric O. Dela Cruz, Senior Science Research Specialist of DOST-TAPI, explained that the main objective of Project SciNing is to promote the Invent School Program and advocate for its continued implementation in the regions for the improvement of the country’s declining science literacy. The Project also hopes to provide a marketing platform for Filipino inventors since their education related innovations are incorporated in the workshops as additional learning tools.
PARTNERS. DOST-TAPI staff with partners from the Division of Schools Basilan and the Provincial Science and Technology Center Basilan in preparation for the Project SciNing implementation. Photo c/o DOST-TAPI.
To ensure sustainability moving forward, Engr. Dela Cruz mentioned that Project SciNing will culminate in a fund-raising and partnership gala, film premiere and exhibit scheduled in the first week of December 2022 in Manila. This event will invite key stakeholders, policymakers and movers in the education and S&T sectors to build awareness, promote invention advocacies, and encourage innovation partnerships and collaborations.