By Aira Juarez
Some 16 technologies supported and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, which are ready for commercialization had the opportunity to be presented to the business sector of North Luzon last October 25 at the Mariano Marcos State University and on Nov. 10 at the Pangasinan State University in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
This was during the Technology Pitching and Business-to-Business Meeting in North Luzon, one of the main highlights of the Lakbay Teknolohiya para kay Juan at Juana: DOST Stakeholders’ Forum and Caravan and North Luzon organized by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI), in partnership with the DOST Regional Office I.
DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog, Ilocos Norte Gov. Representative Atty. Pancho Jose, DOST 1 Regional Director Armando Ganal, DOST 2 Regional Director Virgina Bilgera, and DOST-TAPI Director Atty. Marion Ivy Decena tour the technology transfer exhibit featuring DOST-technologies ready for commercialization at the Mariano Marcos State University. (Photo by Mirielle Vacal)
Participants of the said activity were entrepreneurs and members of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) in North Luzon area, La Union Lions Club and Rotary Club, also with representatives from the academe, regional line agencies and local government units.
Two technologies related to agricultural productivity were presented during the first day of the B2B – the Coffee Greenhouse Solar Dryer presented by Dr. Romualdo Martinez of PhilMech and the Cacao Roasting Machine Equipment of DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) pitched by Ms. Cherry Moico.
Presentation of technologies during the Business to Business Meeting attended by Regional Director Armando Ganal and businessmen in the North Luzon. (Photo by Mirielle Vacal)
Technology innovator Mr. Marcos Aquino of Bestmark Agro-Industrial Enterprises asked questions related to the Cacao Roasting Machine.
Meanwhile, budding chocolate manufacturers headed by Dr. Bielmanju Walley of Adams, Ilocos Norte expressed their interest in the Coffee Greenhouse Solar Dryer to help them in drying their cacao. Adams is a small municipality in the highlands part of Ilocos Norte with a cold climate throughout the year. Aside from Solar Dryer, they also expressed interest in technologies developed by the DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) which can help them in their wine businesses.
The second part of the B2B was postponed due to the earthquake that hit Abra and nearby provinces last October 25. It was conducted during the Regional Science and Technology Week in Lingayen, Pangasinan last November 11.
Mr. Dionisio Bucao, researcher from the Mariano Marcos State University participate in the discussion with resource speakers from the DOST-FPRDI during the continuation of the Technology Pitching and B2B Meeting in Lingayen, Pangasinan. (Photo by Vincent Mendez)
The 14 technologies pitched during the second part were bamboo-related products developed by the FPRDI – the DIY Bamboo Shelter, Bamboo Flattening Machine, Bamboo Veneer Lathe, Charcoaling Kiln, Bamboo Treatment and Preservation and the Eco-Dryer with Heat Treatment Facility, Tubig Talino from DOST- Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), X-Lipad DREAM by researchers of De La Salle University (DLSU), Slimming Cream and Analgesic Balm from DOST-ITDI, Lagundi Tablet and Sambong Tablet by UP Manila, Carrageenan Plant Growth Promoter from the DOST-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute, Vigormin by Dr. Merlinda Palencia and By-Products from Cacao Waste by PhilMech.
Businessmen and resource speakers from the FPRDI had a fruitful discussion on how people in the North Luzon can benefit from producing bamboo products. Regional Director Armando Ganal was also present during the activity and inquired on the possibility of building an eco-dryer for communal use of entrepreneurs in the bamboo business.
Among the participants was Mr. Jeff Marlon Zamoranes of Gifted Learning Centre, Inc. He expressed his interest to adopt the Tubig Talino of the FNRI and signified his interest in adopting the X-Lipad DREAM developed by DLSU for their school.
Meanwhile, Mr. Leo Sabalboro of Uncle Tom Food Products expressed his interest to adopt the Lagundi tablet pitched by the technology generator from UP Manila.
Other technologies requested by the MSMEs in Region 1 which were not included in the Technology Pitching and B2B Meeting were featured in the technology transfer exhibit.
Visitors view the exhibits featuring the DOST-assisted products in North Luzon and infographic panels showcasing DOST-supported technologies that are ready for commercialization. (Photo by Mirielle Vacal / Vincent Mendez)
These technologies include Brown Rice Bar, Iodine-rich Drinking Water (Tubig Talino), Iron Fortified Rice, Iron Rice Premix, RTD Green Mango Juice with Nata, RTD Ripe Mango Juice with Nata, Stabilized Brown Rice, DIY Bamboo Shelter, Cacao Roasting Equipment, Dietary Fiber Powder from Calamansi Wastes, DOST Tablea, Plastic Densifier, Calamansi Concentrate, Vacuum Frying Technology, Slimming Cream, Natural Analgesic Balm, Lagundi Tablet, Sambong Tablet, Automatic Surface Feeder for Milkfish and Shrimp, By-products from Cacao Wastes, Carageenan Plant Growth Promoter, Chevon Products in Retort Pouch, Coffee Greenhouse Solar Dryer, Probiotic Fish and Prawns, CHARM, X-LIPAD’s DREAM, VISSER, Vigormin, Fruit in Capsule and Teabag, Sugarcane-bagasse Textile, and KamoTea.
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.