By Rizalniño L. Noble
The Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) won the most coveted title of FOI Champion under the Agencies/Bureaus/Commissions/Councils category in this year’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Awards. The FOI Champion Award is a major award given to government offices who have shown exemplary implementation of the Constitutional mandate of the people’s right to information. The award was conferred by the FOI-Program Management Office, an attached agency of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
DOST-TAPI Director, Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena, expressed her gratitude to the FOI-PMO for the recognition. “I am extremely honored to receive, on behalf of DOST-TAPI... This award is a testimony to the significance that the Executive Order No. 2, s. 2016 or EO 2, s. 2016 of then President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on the Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch plays a vital role in the day-to-day operations of government offices like the DOST-TAPI. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition that the FOI Program Management Office (FOI-PMO) under its new home at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) had bestowed upon our humble Institution,” said Director Decena in her acceptance speech during the 2022 FOI Awarding Ceremonies held today, November 25 via the FOI Philippines’ Facebook Page.
Director Decena acknowledged the efforts of the FOI-PMO for the successful implementation of the FOI Program. “Let me start by expressing my gratitude for the tireless efforts of the FOI-PMO for advocating transparency and full public disclosure of information... Truly, without the dedicated and caring support of the men and women of the FOI-PMO, the successful implementation of the FOI in various government offices under the Executive Department such as the DOST-TAPI simply would not have been possible,” Director Decena said.
Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena’s recognition speech, expressing her warm appreciation to be given the title of FOI Champion under the Agencies/Bureaus/Commissions/Councils category in this year’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Awards under her leadership. (Screengrab from FOI Philippine Facebook Page - 2022 FOI Awards Video)
Apart from the FOI Champion Award, the Institute’s FOI Receiving Officer, Rizalniño L. Noble was also recognized as one of the Best FOI Officers in the country. The Best FOI Officer Award is given to individual/s from government agencies and institutions who have exemplified great progress and performance in the implementation of the FOI Program.
Mr. Rizalniño L. Noble’s recognition speech, expressing his warm appreciation to be given the title as one of the country’s best FOI officers award. (Screengrab from FOI Philippine Facebook Page - 2022 FOI Awards Video)
Since 2017, the DOST-TAPI have been implementing the FOI Program. “For five (5) consecutive years, we have received our Certificate of Compliance from the FOI-PMO as proof of our commitment in upholding the constitutional right of every Juan and Juana to public access to government information,” Director Decena added.
Freedom of Information (FOI) corner inside the lobby of DOST-TAPI. (Photo taken by Ms. Mirielle V. Vacal - Corporate Communication Unit)
The FOI Awards is an annual event and was established in 2017 to recognize the efforts of government agencies, individuals and organizations that contributed to the development and progress of the FOI Program in the Executive branch. On 25 October 2022, the 2022 FOI Awards Screening Committee conducted an evaluation and deliberation of the nominees and potential awardees based on the criteria provided under the FOI Memorandum Circular No. 22-02.
By Engr. Marvin Eric O. Dela Cruz
Taguig City - The Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) is one of the inaugural recipients of the 2022 innovation funding from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
The NEDA’s Innovation Grants is made in pursuance of the visions of the Philippine Innovation Act (Republic Act 11293) which adopts innovation as a key component in driving inclusive development and promoting growth and national competitiveness. Under this law, human capacity building, grassroots/social innovations, advocacy and community education are among the key themes that must be prioritized for execution and alignment.
Out of the 451 proposals received nationwide for the 2022 grant cycle, the DOST-TAPI’ entry titled “Project SciNing - Cultivating Ingenuity, Creativity and Awareness through Experiential Learning, Innovations and Promotions” which will run until December 2022 is one of the top 20 proposals approved by the National Innovation Council Executive - Technical Board after a series of deliberation and highly competitive evaluation process. The Board found the proposal meritorious for introducing innovative solutions and transformative activities that can significantly unlock new opportunities for national development and sustainable economic growth.
BEST PRACTICES. Engr. Marvin Eric O. Dela Cruz, Project SciNing Leader and Senior SRS of TIPD, shares some of the best practices that helped DOST-TAPI clinch the NEDA funding for the project. Photo ℅ DOST-TAPI Corporate Communications Unit/Ms. Mirielle V. Vacal.
Under Project SciNing, DOST-TAPI hopes to foster ingenuity and creativity among the youth thru the conduct of the Invent School Program as experiential learning intervention in Basilan. The Project will also introduce and promote Filipino inventors and their education-related inventions as learning modality to the youth. As a culminating and fund-raising event, a film premiere coupled with a science-themed art exhibit will be conducted in December of this year to build awareness, promote invention advocacies, and encourage innovation partnerships with institutional stakeholders, key decision makers, and potential collaborators.
“DOST-TAPI services are dedicated to potential and full-fledged Filipino inventors. As the country’s premiere invention institute, we are your partner in ensuring every innovative idea is nurtured, realized, and protected as world-class invention that benefits Filipinos and society as a whole”, said Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena, DOSTTAPI’s Director.
For its outcome, Project SciNing hopes to ignite a movement that would awaken the Filipino’s inventiveness, particularly the youth, so as to contribute in improving the country’s perennially low science literacy rating.
GREATER HEIGHTS. DOST-TAPI's Director Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena shares some of her hopes during the agency's planning workshop for CY 2023, as DOST-TAPI embarks on a journey to greater heights under her leadership which included clinching a NEDA Innovation Grant for Project SciNing. Photo ℅ DOST-TAPI Corporate Communications Unit/Ms. Mirielle V. Vacal.
“We will use Project SciNing’s as platform to introduce and link DOST-TAPI’s invention programs to community partners and stakeholders in furtherance of our shared goals and visions”, added Atty. Decena.