Three (3) innovative projects were approved by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) under the Technology Innovation for Commercialization (TECHNICOM) Program, one of the premier programs being implemented by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI), during the first semester of 2017.
TECHNICOM provides support to commercially-viable projects through financial and technical assistance by fast-tracking the transfer and commercialization of research-based, locally-developed technologies.
Moreover, the Program provides funding assistance for prototype development, pilot-scale testing, technology validation, field testing, and feasibility study preparation and consultancy service for Intellectual Property (IP) for DOST-funded technologies.
The approved projects included the R-TAP (an advanced pressure management system for water utilities), cacao by-products processing enterprise, and mosquito-repellent textile products.
R-TAP is an advanced pressure management system that optimizes pump operation, developed by Mr. Stephen L. Larcia, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of Hiraya Technology Solutions, Inc.
The technology helps water utilities significantly reduce water loss and power consumption especially in the light of climate change including the regular weather phenomena such as El Niño.
R-TAP was previously assisted by DOST-TAPI under the Industry-Based Invention Development (IBID) Program for the fabrication of the industrial grade of R-TAP deployed in Teresa Water Works, Angles, Pampanga.
Now under the TECHNICOM Program, R-TAP received financial grant for the enhancement of the prototype and field testing to six (6) locations to complete the market validation.
Cacao By-Products Processing Enterprise
The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization of the Department of Agriculture (DA-PhilMech) generates, extends, and commercializes appropriate and problem-oriented agriculture and fishery postharvest and mechanization technologies.
PhilMech has improved the production of agricultural crops including cacao pod husk which can be a good alternative fuel to wood charcoal due to its sufficient combustion qualities needed for domestic cooking and industrial applications.
Integrating into a complete processing system, Engr. Andres M. Tuates, Jr., Science Research Specialist II of PhilMech, spearheaded the establishment of a cacao by-products processing enterprise in terms of economic viability.
TECHNICOM provided financial assistance for the creation and feasibility study of a cacao by-products processing center including the acceptability of cacao wine, vinegar, soft drinks, and fuel briquettes in the market.
Mosquito-Repellent Textile Products
The Department of Health (DOH) reported 43,770 suspected cases of dengue across the regions from 01 January to 01 July 2017.
The perennial problem of high reported dengue case fatality rate especially among school children has led the Philippine Textile Research Institute of the DOST, the premier textile research and development arm of the government, in developing mosquito-repellent textiles.
With TECHNICOM’s financial assistance to the DOST-PTRI technology, the project can proceed with the conduct of the mosquito-repellent textile prototype, research of effective dosages and concentration of ingredients and duration for protection, assessment of rechargeability of the textile, and market testing.
“We see these projects viable and innovative enough for economic and social development,” said Mr. Marvin Eric O. Dela Cruz, Program Manager of TECHNICOM.
“These innovations have relatively high potential growth when commercialized in the market,” he added.
The approved projects are ongoing and expected to be finished by 2019.
DOST-TAPI S&T Media Service
Jund Rian A. Doringo