Take advantage of DOST’s Tikog Presser technology

Published May 2, 2021, 11:35 AM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

Tikog Presser has become the most recent home-grown technology licensed by Cebu-based machine fabricator, Ralds Trading & Electro-Mechanical Services Corporation, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has disclosed.

Tikog Presser machine (Photo from DOST)

DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña said the agency’s Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) has awarded certification to Ralds Trading, a fabricator of food processing, mechanical, and industrial machines based in Cebu City.

“The most recent technology licensed by Ralds Trading is the Tikog Presser. This machine is designed and developed by the DOST-MIRDC so that accredited equipment fabricators may tap into the handicraft industry,” he said in a report.

Tikog is a kind of grass whose leaves are used to make mats, bags, baskets, and many others, he said.

De la Peña noted that before licensing the Tikog Presser, Ralds is already a licensee of the DOST-MIRDC’s food processing equipment. These include LPG-fired spray dryer, modular water retort, and vacuum fryer.

“As a licensed fabricator of these locally-developed technologies, Ralds is serving clients outside of Cebu.”

The DOST chief hailed the MIRDC’s move to award certification to Cebu-based machine fabricator, saying that it “once again demonstrates its commitment to intensify technology transfer.”

“The DOST-MIRDC encourages more metalworking businesses to license home-grown technologies and take advantage of vast business opportunities in the local and even foreign markets,” de la Peña said.