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PCIEERD celebrates its 6th year

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Photo 1: PCIEERD Family group photo during the “Hatid ng Agham at Teknolohiya, Kaunlaran ng Bawat Isa” anniversary celebration last June 29, 2016 at Clark, Pampanga.

To celebrate its 6th anniversary, the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCIEERD) held two events in Angeles, Pampanga last June 28-29. The events revolved around the theme “Hatid ng Agham at Teknolohiya, Kaunlaran ng Bawat Isa” which focused on delivering PCIEERD-funded technologies to interested investors, technology adopters, and other intended beneficiaries.

On June 28, PCIEERD conducted an outreach program in Sitio Cuadra, Mabalacat, Pampanga where the Council deployed low-cost rainwater collection system, and ceramic water filters to the Aeta community. They also showed the community how to use these technologies. Through the ceramic water filters, the families can ensure that the water that they will be drinking is safe. The rainwater collection system was developed by the Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) in partnership with Manly Plastics.  In addition, school supplies, clothes, and iron-fortified rice developed by the Foods and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) were also distributed to the beneficiaries.

The main celebration followed the outreach program on June 29, at the Widus Hotel, Clarkfield, Pampanga. In the event, the Council presented some of their funded-technologies for different applications to the students, researchers, representatives from the local government, possible technology adopters and investors. On behalf of DOST Region III Director Dr. Julius Ceasar Sicat, Engr. Wilbert Balingit welcomed PCIEERD and the guests to Clark and congratulated the Council for reaching another milestone in its six years of service.

PCIEERD Executive Director, Dr. Carlos Primo C. David gave his welcome message,  thanking the attendees for taking part in the celebration. He also talked about the Council’s constant goal to solve pressing issues in the society through the technologies developed by its researchers. Further, Incoming DOST Secretary Prof. Fortunato T. dela Peña also gave his message through a video. Prof. dela Peña mentioned several PCIEERD-funded technologies to be proud of, and congratulated the Council for a job well done in contributing to the goal of self-sustaining development. 

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Photo 2: Prof. Fortunato dela Pena (left) and Dr. Carlos Primo David (right) delivering their welcome remarks.

The messages were followed by talks from the guest speakers.  Atty. Anne Mariae Celeste Jumadla of Revo IP Mente, an intellectual property (IP) management company, delivered a talk on “Turning Technologies into Business”. Atty. Jumadla tackled building competitive advantage in the business of technologies. She was followed by Dr. Ria Liza Canlas, an IP lawyer. She talked about the challenges in putting up RPM Business Solutions, a technology-based company. She enumerated three challenges one might face in putting up a tech-based company in the Philippines: how to start the company, the competition in the industry, and protecting your intellectual property. The third speaker, Dr. Emmanuel Ramos, the managing director of Tekton Geometrix Inc, shared his experiences in technology commercialization. He also included in his talks how PCIEERD became a part of the formation of Tekton Geometrix.

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Photo 3: Guest speakers Dr. Ria Liza Canlas (upper left), Atty. Anne Mariae Celeste Jumadla (upper right), Dr. Emmanuel Ramos (bottom left), and Dr. Junhee Lee (bottom right) delivering their talks.

The talks were concluded by Dr. Junhee Lee, CEO of COXEM. COXEM is a Korean company that manufactures scanning electron microscopes (SEMs). Dr. Lee’s talk centered on their experience in putting up the company from a technology developed by the Korean government institution, the Korean Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS). Dr. Lee emphasized the importance of science and technology in uplifting Korea’s economy.

The attendees were given an opportunity to ask the guest speakers questions regarding the talks through a short open forum. During the break, the Manila Guitar Quartet entertained the audience with an intermission number. In their performance, they used guitar prototypes from the PCIEERD-funded project, Gitara ni Juan.

Continuing the event, the attendees got a chance to ride on the DOST Hybrid Road Train. It is a road train which runs on either diesel fuel or electric batteries through its hybrid engine. It is being proposed as a solution to the worsening mass transportation in urban areas in the Philippines. Simultaneously, others were invited to attend business matching technology clinics which showcased  the following technologies:

  1. Technologies for a Healthy Lifestyle: rice-monggo (RIMO) curls, tablea, dried foods, healthy drinks from the Food Innovation Centers
  2. Technologies for Household Use: Rainwater collection system and  ceramic filter
  3. Technologies for Recreation: Gitara ni Juan
  4. Technologies for Education: VISSER, e-books
  5. Technologies for Transportation: Electronic vehicle charging machine, e-vehicle, road rain (CRT)

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Photo 4: Gitara ni Juan project leader Professor Nathan Manimtim discussing the origin of the project in the Gitara ni Juan clinic..

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Photo 5: Passengers disembarking from the DOST Road Train ride.

Phil-LiDAR flood hazard maps, rainwater collection system, and ceramic water filters  were distributed to local government units of Region III, particularly the towns of Licab, Penafrancia, and Talugtug of Pampanga. video and live presentations of the featured technologies like the Food Innovation Centers (FICs), Versatile Instrumentation System for Science Education and Research (VISSER) and the electronic vehicle charging machine (CharM) followed the turnover of the technologies.

Dr. David ended the event with his closing remarks. According to him, the technologies featured were only a few among over two hundred technologies turned over from PCIEERD-funded projects. 

 

By: Alyana Bacarra