To gain a wider reach of possible investors, The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) participated in the 45th Philippine Business Conference and Expo organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) on 16-17 October 2019 at the Manila Hotel, Manila.
With the theme, “Enabling Business in a Digital Economy,” the conference and expo brought focus on new business models to emerging organizations as well as traditional entities to either complement their well-established model or potentially improve their core businesses.
As a means to harness business systems by capitalizing on access to information and data, the digital economy supports businesses to improve business performance and decision-making through digital platforms, e-commerce, and artificial intelligence.
“We grab this opportunity to showcase our technologies to primarily offer locally-made technologies to our micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) as they compete with the big players in the industry,” said Dr. Diane L. Ignacio, Deputy Director for Administrative and Technical Services of the Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI).
Co-organized by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI), the Breakout Session 6 served as a pitching session of the DOST-developed technologies available for transfer and adoption to investors or fabricators.
Mr. Mervin Gorospe, Senior Science Research Specialist of the Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC), presented the equipment used by the FIC to develop the food products including the vacuum frying machine, LPG-fired spray dryer, modular water retort, and freeze dryer.
“We want you fabricators as our licensees,” said Gorospe.
He emphasized that with the booming local and foreign tourists in the country, investing in pasalubong using processing equipment developed by DOST-MIRDC has endless opportunities for businesses.
Investing on DOST-developed technologies increases the capabilities of MSME through technology transfer and eases the fabrication procedures with the holistic programs of the Department’s services such as financial assistance, consultancy, and capacity building activities.
Meanwhile, Ms. Nora Garcia, Provincial Science and Technology Director of Batanes in Region II, presented the food products developed by the Food Innovation Center (FIC) at the Cagayan State University (CSU), Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.
The FIC serves as a hub for innovation, research and development (R&D), and support services to process foods and add value to fresh produce in the regions.
“Some challenges we aim to address in the FIC are the short shelf-life of the produce, low quality of products due to synthetic colorants, poor packaging, and low nutritive content of food,” said Garcia.
Through a food tasting of the DOST-ITDI Food Innovation Center (FIC), the participants were able to savor some of the FIC-developed food products, such as the crispy mixed veggies, crispy sprout mongo, crispy sweet potato, vacuum-fried okra chips, vacuum-fired carrot chips, spray-dried pinakurat, and mungbean coconut milk.
Forty-six participants from the industry, government offices, and private organizations attended the breakout session.
DOST-TAPI S&T Media Service
Jund Rian A. Doringo