Monday, June 23, 2014

DOST-PCIEERD: ‘Juana Invest? Reaping the Returns of R & D’


PCIEERD Executive Director Rowena Cristina L. Guevara (left most) and Deputy Executive Director Raul Sabularse (second from left) during the press conference at Sulo Hotel, Quezon City.
THE Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development or PCIEERD, one of the units of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) presented in a glance the output of R & D in a panel headed by Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevarra, the executive director of PCIEERD during the press conference on June 19 held in Sulo Hotel, Quezon City. 

“PCIEERD is steadfast in its commitment to the development, execution and transfer of technologies that are world-class, cost-effective, and most importantly, fulfill a felt need by Filipinos,” Dr. Guevarra mentioned in their PCIEERD Annual Report (2013).

She said, their mission is: ”To lead and partner with public and private institutions in generating S & T (science and technology) policies, strategies and technologies that will contribute significantly to national development.”

“Juana invest?” (Do you want to invest?)

In line with the upcoming fourth anniversary of PCIEERD on June 27, select investors and would-be partners are invited to review and play a bigger game in Philippines’ Research and Development field. The program will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in EDSA Shangrila Hotel, Ortigas Center.

According to Dr. Guevarra, current funding is Php1.5B, combining Php 500 M from Science R & D fund and Php 1 B from the central office budget. 


Highlights of the Event 

Resource speakers from the government and private sectors will also give plenary talks on the different facets of technology commercialization such as financing, technology entrepreneurs’ success stories, and models for supporting technology start-ups.

Speakers such as: Ma. Luna Cacanando, officer-in-charge, Office of the President, Small Business Corporation; Ramon Castillo, president, Innovatronix, Inc.; and Dianne Angela Eustaquio, executive director, Idea Space.

Parallel sessions include topics like:
  • Minerals and materials for every Juan. A presentation of different innovative, cost-effective and appropriate DOST-generated technologies for globally competitive and environmentally-conscious industries.
  • Energy systems for every Juan. Sustainable energy through innovative and cost-effective DOST-generated technologies.
  • Learning systems and educational tools. Improved quality and access to learning through different innovative technologies generated from DOST research projects.
  • Food, feeds and fertilizers for every Juan. Appropriate and cost-effective technologies for productivity-driven food, feeds and fertilizers industry.
PCIEERD will also showcase other DOST projects from other scientific fields – including food technology, sustainable energy, and materials science to attract investors for PCIEERD’s R&D undertakings.

The impact and returns of R & D   


Dr. Guevarra emphasized that the PCIEERD's programs are responsive to the Aquino administration’s Key Result Areas (KRA) focusing on: poverty reduction and empowerment of the poor and vulnerable; rapid, inclusive and sustained economic growth; and integrity of the environment and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
 

It is also aligned programs and R & D agenda to DOST’s priority outcomes which include technologies that are innovative, cost-effective and appropriate; state-of-the-art facilities with global competitiveness; highly skilled and globally competitive S & T human resources; and science-based weather information and climate change scenarios for a disaster and climate change resilient Philippines.

Among the DOST-transferred technologies are: LEAP Software (Learning English Application for Pinoys); Ceramics –Based Water Filtration System; Storm Surge Modeling Maps; MOSES Tablet and NOAH website; Action Plan on Municipal Solid Waste Management and Landfill GIS Database; Customized Local Road Vehicle (CLRV) Standards; ON3 Technology Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program and Technology Business Incubation (TBI).

Quoting from the PCIEERD Annual Report 2013, DOST Secretary Mario Montejo’s message: “I am confident that with PCIEERD’s portfolio of R & D projects spanning energy, strategic industries, and emerging technologies, we have made the right investments to meet our peculiar needs as a nation.”

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