By Aira Juarez
ZAMBOANGA CITY – More technologies developed by the country’s premier science and technology department were pitched to the business sector in Mindanao as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Stakeholders’ Forum and Caravan came to its fourth and last leg in Zamboanga City on December 7-9, 2022.
The DOST Stakeholders’ Forum and Caravan dubbed as “Lakbay Teknolohiya para kay Juan at Juana” is a project initiated by the Institutional Support for Trade and Exhibitions (ISTE) Unit of the Technology Application and Promotion Institute which aims to promote DOST’s latest technologies that are ready for commercialization to be transferred to willing adoptors in the regions.
The three-day festivities were hosted by the DOST Regional Office IX at the Garden Orchid Hotel, Zamboanga City in conjunction with their celebration of the Regional Science and Technology Week. It highlighted three activities – a technology transfer exhibit at the Convention Center which was open to the public, a technology pitching and business-to-business meeting, and a stakeholders’ forum on technology transfer and commercialization.
The Lakbay Teknolohiya para kay Juan at Juana for the Visayas Cluster kicked off in Ormoc City, Leyte last August 25-27, followed by the South Luzon Cluster in Batangas City last October 17-19 and North Luzon Cluster in Batac City, Ilocos Norte and Lingayen, Pangasinan last October 25, Nov. 10-11.
DOST IX Regional Director Martin Wee, Mr. Caezar Angelito Arceo of DOST-TAPI, Zamboanga City Mayor John Dalipe and other government officials in Zamboanga Peninsula led the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
During the launching of the project in Mindanao, Chief Science Research Specialist of the Invention Development Division of DOST-TAPI, Mr. Caezar Angelito Arceo, encouraged everyone to participate in the activities prepared by the DOST IX and take advantage of the opportunities offered by the DOST to students, researchers, MSMEs and entrepreneurs in the region.
“We hope that our appreciation of the application of science and technology will manifest all throughout the year as the very foundation in our every endeavor, may it be in entrepreneurship, social development, and policy-making,” Mr. Arceo said in his speech.
Mr. Caezar Angelito Arceo, Chief SRS of the Invention Development Division of DOST-TAPI gave his speech during the Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies of the Regional Science and Technology Week.
Viewing of exhibits started on December 7 where thousands of students from various provinces in Region IX flocked at the Convention Center of the hotel as early as 8 a.m. Students enjoyed participating in the mini quizzes conducted from time-to-time at the Center Stage and mini activities from the surrounding booths.
For the Lakbay Teknolohiya Technology Transfer Exhibit, around 30 technologies were featured including the DIY Bamboo Shelter, Local Riding-Type Rice Transplanter, Prototype Mechanical Cacao Sheller, Sweet Sorghum Juicer, Ethnobotanical Dewormer for Native Chicken, Meat Detection Kit, CATCH-ALL- Contactless Apprehension of Traffic Violators on a 24-Hour Basis and All-Vehicle Detection System (CATCH-ALL), AGAPAY Project, Effective Microorganisms (EMs) as biofungicide for rubber, Protein-Enriched Copra Meal (PECM) as Feeds, Project e-Bayanihan: A Nationwide Web – Mobile Based System for Participatory Disaster Management, Blended fabric for toxic heavy metal removal, Disaster Early Warning System (DEWS), Plastic Densifier, Gitara ni Juan, Sambong tablet, Lagundi tablet, Lagundi syrup, Ready-to-Eat Complementary Food (Momsie™ ), Production of Rice Wine using ITDI Bubod, Queen Pineapple Multi-Use Marinade, and Ready-to-Drink Green Mango Juice with Nata (Fruity™ ).
It also showcased top DOST-assisted MSME products brought by staff of Region X and Region XII.
Students viewing the exhibits on December 7, 2022.
Meanwhile, in the Technology Pitching and Business-to-Business meeting, eight technologies developed by the DOST-ITDI were pitched through a hybrid presentation. Dr. Lorelle Baracol of DOST-ITDI presented the Bioreactor, Dietary Fiber Powder from Calamansi Wastes, Salt Washer, Salt Iodizing Machine, DOST Tablea, Coconut Sap Sugar, and Dual Drum Composter. Meanwhile, Dr. Renann Baldovino of De La Salle University pitched the technology Agapay Exoskeleton, a 3D-printed wearable robot that is biomimetically designed to account for all the movement of the upper limbs.
The small group meeting attended by around 30 MSMEs in Zamboanga Peninsula allowed the country’s technology generators, innovators, and researchers to reach their target end-users such as the business sector here in Zamboanga.
Participants of the Technology Pitching and Business to Business Meeting held last December 10 at the Yakan 1 of the Garden Orchid Hotel.
Apart from the technologies, DOST-TAPI picked the interest of participating MSMEs with the presentation of various programs offered by the Institute including the Venture Financing Program.
Venture Financing Program is one of the flagship programs of DOST-TAPI that supports MSMEs in accelerating the commercialization of innovative technologies. As of December 2022, it is categorized into four categories: Venture Financing for Environmentally-Sound Technologies (VFEST), Venture Financing Program (VFP) for Start-Up and Technology-based Projects, Venture Financing for the Commercialization of DOST-Generated Technologies, and the Purchase Order Financing Program (PO Financing).
By Vincent Mendez
Taguig City - The Department of Science and Technology - Technology Application and Promotion Insitute (DOST-TAPI) will host the culmination of Project SciNing: Cultivating Ingenuity, Creativity, and Awareness through Experiential Learning, Innovations, and Promotions at The Axon, Green Sun Hotel at Makati City this Dec 14, 2022.
The event titled “Posible sa SciNing” will showcase a documentary that provides an immersive look at the stories of three kids in the far-flung areas of Basilan and their science journey with the Invent School Program of DOST-TAPI. It will also showcase Filipino inventors Jeremy De Leon (CEO of Jeremake and inventor of Make-roscope) and Jericho Castro (inventor of the Jerichord) as key inspirations in promoting the culture of ingenuity to these kids. Through artistic storytelling, the documentary aims to give the audience access to untold stories of innovation in the country.
DOST-TAPI Director Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena expressed her enthusiasm for the upcoming event.
“We are very excited for the People to see these stories of Filipino ingenuity. As we all know, Filipinos are known for our creativity and inventiveness, and it's high time that we showcase stories like these to help support our initiatives in creating sustainable development in every corner of the country,” said Atty. Decena.
Likewise, DOST Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr. sends his overwhelming support for the said activity.
“Here at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), we recognize the immense value potential of our youth to become the prime movers of science, technology, and innovation in the years to come,” said Sec. Solidum.
During the event, the audience will have the opportunity to talk with the student and the featured inventors in the film.
In addition to the film screening, the program will also host an art exhibition featuring the students' artworks that were produced during ISP. After which, these artworks will be open for auction as part of the fund-raising activities.
A partnership gala will also take place to recognize partner organizations and notable inventors that were assisted by DOST-TAPI.
Project SciNing was produced by the creative team of the Applied Communications Unit for Inventors of DOST-TAPI, headed by Mr. Marvin Eric Dela Cruz. The unit aims to promote DOST-TAPI’s programs and services for invention development, technology transfer, and commercialization.
Cultivating the Future Innovators of the Nation
The Invent School Program is one of DOST-TAPI’s major programs in line with the organization’s mandate to promote science and technology to push for commercialization and economic development. The invent school aims to stimulate the youth’s interest in science through seminar workshops that cover topics on Creativity, Creative Thinking, Ideation Tools and Techniques, and Invention Development, among others.
In 2022, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), through the National Innovation Council, funded DOST-TAPI and Project SciNing to conduct a special Invent School Progam with Basilan as the pilot site.
Through this, DOST-TAPI was able to intensify the implementation of Invent School by providing the participating students with more resources and better. This includes the roll-out of the invention-products Make-roscope by Mr. Jeremy De Leon and Jerichord of Mr. Jericho Castro. Moreover, the students were also given the opportunity to talk up close with the inventors during their visit.
More than 30 students listen intently and work collaboratively in the discussion of Topic 1: Creativity during the Invent School Program activity in Basilan Province, BARMM.
Basilan HS Students collect and examine specimen samples from various locations using the Make-roscope Technology of Inv. Jeremy de Leon.
Students create their individual artworks and one-on-one Jerichord lesson with Inventor Jericho Castro.