by Jund Rian A. Doringo

Taguig City – The Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) celebrated its thirty-four years of providing financial and technical assistance for the promotion of technology transfer and commercialization on 10 February 2021 online.

DOST Secretary Fortunato T. De La Peña gave his Inspirational Message during the DOST-TAPI 34th Anniversary on 10 February 2021

With the theme, “Bringing Excellence in Innovation and Invention despite the Global Challenges,” the virtual celebration commemorated the highlights of the accomplishments for 2020 in the midst of the battle against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Dubbed as the marketing arm of the Department for its operating services, DOST-TAPI has kept the promotion of an effective and efficient innovation system towards the adoption of inventions and innovations.

“I am very keen with our contributions as an institution, consistently pursuing relevant programs in providing assistance to our clients. We have stayed focus on our commitment even during the coronavirus disease pandemic,” said DOST-TAPI Director Edgar I. Garcia during the Welcome Remarks.

DOST Secretary Fortunato T. De La Peña gave his Inspirational Message during the DOST-TAPI 34th Anniversary on 10 February 2021

During the Director’s Report, it was revealed that the Institute has filed 446 intellectual properties at the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) in 2020.

Moreover, a total of 10.3 million pesos was provided as financial assistance to support seven micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs (MSME) under the Institute’s Venture Financing Program.

DOST-TAPI has also created a new program specifically designed to help the government’s initiatives in combating the current COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

A total of 3.4 million pesos was allotted for MSMEs who has COVID-19-related businesses under the new program.

In November 2020, the first online National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) was conducted through the Institute’s efforts, which was participated by 12,684 registered visitors.

“With all things in place, I am confident that DOST-TAPI can face, hurdle, and survive more challenging years in the pursuit for productivity and competitive excellence in the context of invention and innovation development, technology commercialization, and promotion,” added Director Garcia.

Meanwhile, DOST Secretary Fortunato T. De La Peña posed questions for the Institute during his Inspirational Message.

“Are we looking for inventors or do they look for us? How many have succeeded in commercialization after availing our assistance? How do we extend our assistance in IP application in the academe? Which of our Technology Innovation for Commercialization (TECHNICOM)-assisted beneficiaries have availed of our research and development (R&D) programs?” asked Secretary De La Peña.

He thanked DOST-TAPI’s efforts for the past years and emphasized that the Institute can do so much more in bringing science for the people.

The celebration then proceeded with the awarding of the Director’s Award for Excellence to recognize employees for their achievements, exceptional or outstanding performance, dedication, and valuable contributions.

The following are the recipients of the 2020 Director’s Award for Excellence:

1. Best Delivery Unit – Invention Development Division (IDD)
2. Outstanding Division Chief – Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena
3. Outstanding Senior Technical Staff

• Mylene A. Alano (IBOD)
• Caezar Angelito E. Arceo (IDD)
• Eilleen S. Fernando (TIPD)

4. Outstanding Junior Technical Staff

• Theda Mae A. Dumali (IBOD)
• Richelle C. Malaay (IDD)
• Christoper C. Gealan (TIPD)

5. Outstanding Senior Administrative Staff

• Israel Jacob R. Zaragoza (OD)
• Lourdes C. Palileo (FAD)

6. Outstanding Junior Admininstrative Staff

• Janice W. Cornel (OD)
• Mary Ann S. Nicdao (FAD)

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