by Jund Rian A. Doringo
Technologies and innovations in CALABARZON took the spotlight with the recent installment of the DOST Exhibit in SM Supermalls in SM City Dasmariñas on 29 April to 03 May 2022, SM City San Pablo on 30 April to 04 May 2022, and SM City Lipa on 13-18 May 2022.
Co-organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) and the DOST-CALABARZON with the SM Supermalls, the activity served as a venue to access and create awareness among the general public about the DOST programs, services, and accomplishments.
Also, the activity sought to encourage adoption, commercialization, partnerships, and thorough understanding of locally-developed technologies as a way to improve the lives of the Filipinos.
Top view of the DOST Exhibit in SM City Dasmariñas on 29 April - 03 May 2022
The exhibit was able to showcase the DOST’s latest technologies and researches, promote DOST-assisted micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) products, and inform the public to participate in DOST-related activities.
One of the flagship programs of the DOST Regional Offices, the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) encourages MSMEs to upgrade their technologies, implement innovations at their level, and strengthen the country’s innovation system.
It aims to improve productivity and efficiency through the application of technologies, human resource training, design and execution of label packaging, and assistance to comply with regulatory and market standards.
(From left) Ribbon-cutting ceremony with DOST-CALABRZON Assistant Regional Director Francisco R. Barquilla III, DOST-TAPI Director Marion Ivy D. Decena, and Public Relations Manager of SM City San Pablo Niña P. Wong on 02 May 2022 in SM City San Pablo
Ten beneficiaries of SETUP were featured, such as E. Zobel Foundation, Inc.’s SIGLA Food Blends and Rice Mongo Crunchies, Herva Enterprises’ Coffee Drip, Pidiong’s House of Cashew Nuts’ Cashew Butter and Cashew Nuts, La Noceda Bakery’s Jacobina Biscuits, Delta’s Food Products, Inc.’s Turmeric Tea, Tablea, Herbal Powder Drink, Coco Jam, Papaya Pickle, Amazing Foods Corp.’s Virgin Coconut Oil, Philippine Moringa and More Corp’s Moringa Products, Aldio Food and Beverage’s Liquor, Sophie’s Gourmet’s Fish in Olive Oil, and Santiago Craft Brewery, Inc.’s Artisanal Craft Beer.
The collaboration through an exhibit conveyed to the public the breakthroughs and innovations made by Filipino talents and the combined readiness of DOST and SM Supermalls in serving the greater good.
“Sa pamamagitan ng isang shared responsibility at commitment mula sa DOST at SM, tunay ngang nakapagbigay ng world-class na mga produkto at serbisyo, maging sa science and technology man or sa retail,” said DOST-TAPI Director, Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena.
DOST-TAPI Director, Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena, delivers her closing remarks on 29 April 2022 in SM City Dasmariñas
DOST-assisted and -generated technologies were also highlighted, such as the Philippine Tropical Fabrics, Starbooks, Hybrid Electric Train, Natural Textile Fibers, Universal Structural Health Evaluation and Recording System (USHER), Smart Surface, Charging in Minutes (CharM), Antimicrobial Bamboo Hand Soap and Hand Mist, Honey Authentication and Fingerprinting Technology.
Programs and services of DOST agencies were also featured including the Young Innovators’ Program, Science for the People Book Series, and DOSTv.
“Having SM Supermalls as an important ally, we are very confident that we are headed in the right direction through private-public partnerships, working together for a holistic and sustainable economy,” added Dir. Decena.