Enterprise Development Program for Students Rekindles in Bicol Region


Camarines Sur – To support the competencies of students and the academe in creating income-generating projects, the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) re-launched the DOST-Academe Technology-Based Enterprise Development (DATBED) Program on 13-14 December 2018 at the Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges (CSPC), Camarines Sur.

Participants of the Regional Re-launching of DATBED Program in Bicol Region on 13-14 December 2018 at the Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges, Camarines Sur

DATBED is one of the flagship programs of the Institute in enticing and awakening the ingenuity of the students in fostering techno-preneurship, creativity, and innovation to the youths’ fresh and young minds.

The Program provides financial assistance to worthy projects which are new and emerging, technologically innovative, and technically viable when commercialized.

Moreover, the Programs also gives the beneficiaries the opportunity to manage their own technology-based projects.

“We believe that having these programs especially made for students can equip them with the necessary proficiencies required to assist their potentials as a starting ground in their promising careers as forthcoming scientists, researchers, and innovators of the country,” said Romeo M. Javate, Supervising Science Research Specialist of DOST-TAPI’s Investment and Business Operations Division during the welcome message.

DATBED was launched in 1994 as a means to solve the unemployment and underemployment faced by students after graduation by providing them access to funds and facilities to start their own micro-scale technology based enterprises.

After the launch, Bicol University implemented seven projects under the Program, Camarines Norte State College implemented three projects, Partido State University implemented three projects, Central Bicol State University of Agriculture implemented 19 projects, and Ateneo de Naga University implemented four projects in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, and 2004, respectively.

“DATBED is a good opportunity to the students to serve as a tool in strengthening technopreneurship curriculum,” said Dr. Dulce F. Atian, President of CSPC.

At present, six schools were accredited under the DATBED Program in the Bicol Region, which have submitted numerous promising proposals.

In 2018, the Program has provided financial assistance to five project proposals for implementation in Bicol Region alone.

The re-launching was attended by representatives from government agencies, local government units, and 11 higher education institutions in Bicol Region.

DOST-TAPI S&T Media Service
Jund Rian A. Doringo