By Aira Juarez
DOST Stakeholders' Forum and Caravan in Southern Luzon Cluster to be held on 17-18 October 2022 at the Batangas State University, Batangas City.
After the success of the first leg of the Lakbay Teknolohiya para kay Juan at Juana: DOST Stakeholders’ Forum and Caravan in the Visayas last August 25-27, the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI), together with the concerned Regional Offices gear up to bring science closer to the people in the North Luzon and South Luzon area this coming October.
Various activities are lined up including a stakeholders’ forum, a business-to-business meeting, and a technology pitching event. Every Juan and Juana who is interested in the latest technologies generated by the DOST and its attached agencies can visit the exhibit which will be open to the public within the three-day event. This is also in partnership with the regional clusters of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).
Through the exhibit and B2B meeting, the caravan is expected to be an avenue for local entrepreneurs, business enterprises, and MSMEs in Luzon to have a business dialogue with technology generators supported and assisted by the country’s premier science and technology department.
DOST-TAPI will be inviting esteemed speakers in their respective fields to pitch their technologies. The business-to-business meeting is expected to reach out to businessmen interested in adapting technologies developed by Filipino inventors and researchers. Technologies to be showcased are related to the fields of agricultural productivity, Micro Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) competitiveness, and food manufacturing.
Meanwhile, a stakeholders’ forum will be attended by key players in Technology Transfer, including the business sector, academe, and government agencies. The forum expects to tackle issues prevailing in the technology transfer protocol in the country and aims to gather information to improve its current state.
DOST-CALABARZON, spearheaded by its Regional Director Ms. Emelita P. Bagsit, will be the host for the caravan in the South Luzon area. Other participating regional offices include DOST-NCR, DOST Region 4B, and DOST Region 5. The event for the South Luzon cluster will be held at the Batangas State University-Main Campus, Batangas City on October 17-19.
On the other hand, DOST Ilocos Region and its Regional Director Dr. Armando Q. Ganal will be leading the event in the North Luzon area. DOST Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), DOST Cagayan Valley, and DOST Central Luzon are expected to support the caravan which is scheduled in various parts of the Mariano Marcos State University-Main Campus in Batac, Ilocos Norte on October 25-27.
Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena together with the DOST-TAPI Team and DOST Regional Office No. 1 Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Ms. Racquel M. Espiritu, and Provincial Director, Engr. Benjamin S. Mercado, Jr., in a meeting with Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) President, Dr. Shirley C. Agrupis, in preparation for the DOST Stakeholders' Forum and Caravan in Northern Luzon Cluster to be held on 25-27 October 2022 at the MMSU, Batac City, Ilocos Norte.
Lakbay Teknolohiya para kay Juan at Juana: DOST Stakeholders’ Forum and Caravan Bringing Science Closer to the People is a project initiative of the DOST-TAPI, in partnership with DOST Regional Offices which aims to promote institutional awareness among the general public through the conduct of a stakeholders’ forum, a business-to-business meeting, and an exhibit specifically in the regions.