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DOST, HEIs launch 3 S&T based projects
by Carlito C. Dar / PIA

The Department of Science and Technology Executive Committee headed by Sec. Fortunato dela Peña led the soft launching of three projects with higher educational institutions in Baguio and Benguet.

First to be launched was the “Tuklas Lunas” Development Consortium at the University of the Philippines Baguio, a project with the Saint Louis University and the Benguet State University that will focus on the documentation, standardization, and formulation of dosage forms from indigenous plants and micro-organisms with anti-infective and anti-diabetic bio-activities.

The University of the Cordilleras Innovation and Nurturing Space, on the other hand, involves a technology business incubator (TBI) that focuses on the needed services of students and a Geographic Information System laboratory.

The third project is the Convergent Resilience (ConRes) TBI project that involves the establishment of a “techhub” center dubbed as SIRIB (SLU Incubator for Research, Innovation and Business) Center. The project aims to look into bringing in technological solutions to concerns that involve the environment, disaster preparedness and mitigation, natural resources, mining, and solid waste management.

“We are facing many challenges (in health, industry, agriculture, disaster risk reduction, etc.). Let us not stop. We can develop products and instruments (that can help address the country’s concern) and DOST is always here to assist on research and development (R&D), technological services, and human resources development,” dela Peña said.

He expressed gratitude to the Baguio-Benguet universities for the continuing and meaningful partnership that aims to bring in science and technology and innovations to address some of the country’s concerns for the benefit of the Filipinos.

DOST Usec. for Research and Development Rowena Guevara said the DOST has been providing funding support to RnD projects of colleges and universities particularly in establishing TBIs, wherein the outputs can be translated into something useful to the people and the local communities.

Guevara said DOST has been supporting such projects as there are many talented Filipino researchers, innovators, and inventors.

Priority R&D projects are those related to health, agriculture, industry, disaster risk reduction, and emerging technologies, she added.


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