Taguig City - The Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology through the Technology Innovation for Commercialization (TECHNICOM) Program, launched TieUps, a webinar series that airs live on TeKnowLohiya--the Program’s Facebook page--for the next several weeks to increase public awareness of local technologies.
Kicking off the webinar series on August 6, the DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development, Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, welcomed the participants on the front-row seats of its webinar platform and the public watching on Facebook.
“The current situation of the agricultural sector requires long term financial services that will be able to support larger agricultural investments and infrastructures, most especially now with the crisis brought by the COVID19 pandemic,” said Usec. Guevara in her opening remarks.
Meanwhile, Mr. Matthew Bryan Villanueva, one of the project managers of TECHNICOM, shared his excitement with the launching of the webinar series, which is the first of its kind produced by DOST-TAPI. “It was definitely a challenge for the Program to produce the first episode considering the restrictions brought by the pandemic. Nevertheless, we hope that this webinar series inspires interest among the public in supporting local innovations,” Mr. Villanueva shared.
As an advocate for innovation, the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) supports the idea that education must trigger the development of novel inventions rather than always relying on the traditional ways.
In line with this idea, DOST-TAPI’s DOST-Academe Technology-Based Enterprise Development (DATBED) Program aims to develop entrepreneurial competencies among students and young professionals including out of school youths.
CSU-Lasam’s multi-purpose indigenous electronic light-emitting diode (LED) lampshade project under DOST-TAPI’s DATBED Program
Year 2020 brings a multitude of disasters ranging from natural calamities, such as the Taal volcano eruption, to one of the most devastating health crises that hit humanity, the COVID19 pandemic. Our country has been affected heavily putting to the test our capacity to respond to adversities.
In 2017, President Duterte issued Executive Order No. 29 mandating all government agencies to observe every July the national disaster resilience month by holding activities that emphasize efforts to strengthen our country’s disaster resilience. This celebration encompasses four thematic areas: prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response and rehabilitation, and recovery.
Every year, Filipinos fall victim to typhoons, earthquakes, fires, landslides, and flash floods as well as health emergencies such as dengue, malaria, and now the coronavirus, which proves more than ever the importance of disaster resilience. According to a report of the World Risk Index by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), the Philippines ranks the ninth most vulnerable in the list of the world’s most susceptible to disaster countries.
The world is on a time-bomb race to beat the COVID-19 menace. And in the flurry of this pandemic and varying quarantine restrictions, Filipino inventors are challenged to provide solutions that could mitigate the impacts of the global health crisis.
On the side of the government, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) champions programs designed to sustain the ingenuity of Filipino inventors and address their need for funding support. Since its institution in 1987, DOST-TAPI has advanced the interest of local inventors by pioneering programs that pushed for technology transfer. In 1992, its mandates were expanded by virtue of Republic Act 7459 or the “Inventors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines” which gave priority to invention and its utilization.
“DOST-TAPI administers the so-called Invention Development Assistance Fund. This is earmarked to prioritize funding of invention-related initiatives, as provided for in the law”, said Engr. Edgar I. Garcia, Director of DOST-TAPI.