As part of the Gender and Development (GAD) initiative, the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) held the first Women Inventors’ Summit on 04-05 September 2019 at the Hotel Lucky Chinatown, Binondo, Manila.
With the theme, “Promoting Women Leadership and Entrepreneurship in Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI),” the summit supports the impact of women inventors in inventor-related programs and activities of DOST-TAPI.
“We believe that the women’s role is crucial in creating a significant contribution in STI,” said Ms. Nora P. Gumia, Chief Science Research Specialist (SRS) and GAD Alternate Focal Person of DOST-TAPI.
She added that the summit is a manifestation that the Institute is continuously implementing programs and services that are gender-responsive.
The two-day summit tackled the topics concerning on the changing role of women in science and technology, essentials of establishing a business including fund sourcing, powerful strategies on marketing and promotion, and corporation requirements in developing competencies and engaging in business, among others.
Mr. Jund Rian A. Doringo and Mr. Clifford Glen D. Malaay, SRS II of DOST-TAPI, presented the overview of the Institute’s programs, such as the Intellectual Property Rights Assistance Program and Accreditation of Inventors’ Organization Program.
“DOST-TAPI’s programs are catered to assist women inventors in every step of the commercialization pathway and eventually establish innovative businesses of their own,” said Doringo.
Moreover, Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena, Chief SRS of DOST-TAPI provided an echo seminar on digital literacies and women’s adaptation in an unstable environment, as well as women’s journey’s into the workplace.
“We hope to receive women-led inventors’ organization in the coming years as the inventors’ organization that we have accredited are predominantly led by men inventors,” said Decena.
Ms. Emellie V. Tamayo of Land Bank of the Philippines, Ms. Teresita L. Ngan Tian of Lots’ A Pizza, and Ms. Arlene P. Padua-Martinez of Post10 Worldwide Incorporated presented the foundation for women to start their own enterprises.
While Dr. Zenaida Q. Reyes of the Philippine Normal University, and Atty. Eunice G. Dalisay-Salvador and Ms. Ma. Erlida B. Cabatic of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) presented the role of women as catalyst of change in view of creating their own corporations.
At the end of the summit, the participants were able to draft articles of incorporation and by-laws including the creation of three potential women inventors’ organizations which are waiting for registration approval from the SEC.
Attended by at least 50 participants, the summit is set to hold a Visayas leg on 03-04 October 2019 in Cebu City.
DOST-TAPI S&T Media Service
Pierre Sonia S. Dela Corte