In order to ensure the efficient management, utilization, and commercialization of DOST-generated technologies, DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo issued Special Order No. 630 creating the DOST Technology Transfer Core Team, which took effect on September 29, 2015.
Now being chaired by Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, Undersecretary for S&T Services, and with TAPI Director Edgar I. Garcia as Vice-Chair, the said team was appointed to "assist in the formulation, performance, consolidation, monitoring, assessment, and reporting of strategies to manager, utilize, and commercialize DOST-generated technologies".
Appointed from TAPI are Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena, Chief of the Invention Development Division (IDD); Engr. Jovito Rey E. Gonzales, Chief of the Investment and Business Operations Division; Ms. Nora P. Gumia, Chief of the Technology Information and Promotion Division; Mr. Caezar Angelito E. Arceo, Supervising Science Research Specialist under IDD; and Engr. Manolita Aurora O. Javate, Manager of TAPI's Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) and the Program Manager of TAPI's Intellectual Property Rights Assistance Program.
Other members are DOST-Technology Licensing Office (TLO) Program: Atty. Lucieden G. Raz, Ms. Consuelo A. Tan, and Ms. Aprilyn A. Balbin.
The 10-member team was also instructed to "further support the execution and achievement of the functions and activities of the TLOs of Research and Development Institutes (RDIs) and Government Funding Agencies (GFAs)".
With the creation of the core team, Director Garcia gave emphasis on the importance of mobilizing the commercialization of technology. During his speech in the opening of the 2015 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits held in NCCC Mall, Davao City last 01-03 October 2015, he stressed out those DOST-technologies as well as the intellectual properties created by inventors and researchers need to be managed effectively to attain success in the market. He also added that from 2010 up to the early 2015, the Philippines improved its rank from 85th place to 52th among 148 countries. Thus, he encouraged everyone present during the event to file protection for their intellectual properties. (Mechelle DV Balboa)