100% Filipino-made: 12 home-grown technologies now ready for commercialization

Published June 3, 2021, 10:20 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

A total of 12 home-grown technologies were ready for commercialization, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has bared.

The DOST-Calabarzon said the 12 technologies were assessed under the agency’s Strategy to Accelerate and Revitalize Technology Transfer (StARTT) program.

(Photo from DOST-Calabarzon)

The 12 technologies were showcased during the Technology Transfer Day that was attended by 224 participants including DOST top officials, led by Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña.

De la Peña cited the need “to establish sustainable partnerships and linkages that would enable us to better showcase the Filipino ingenuity and support their continuous growth and development all for the benefit of our stakeholders and of our country.”

DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Rowena Cristina L. Guevara said the event was initiated “because we want to maximize the impact of your research on the Filipino people.”

The DOST- Calabarzon provided the list of 12 technologies that were presented during the event and their developers.

Health and Wellness Technologies

-Yerba Buena (clinically proven herbal medicine for post-operative pain management without the side effects of common pain reliever), University of the Philippines Manila (UPM)

-Tuklas Luna (an herbal extract formulation with scientifically-proven anti-hypertensive activity), UPM

-Citriginol (herbal oil for skin ailments, inflammation and other related skin conditions), UPM

-Movable Lemongrass Essential Oil Extraction System (an environmental-friendly machine that extract lemongrass), Southern Luzon State University (SLSU)

Food Products and Processing

-Mushroom Chili Garlic Sauce (Its main ingredient is cholesterol-free, gluten-free and protein rich oyster mushroom), SLSU

-Cacao processing (Scaled specifically for micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME)-scale cacao farms and economic and easy to use), DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI)

-Ready-to-eat (RTE) Arroz Caldo (a disaster mitigation/relief food to address immediate hunger of disaster victims), DOST-ITDI

-ASMA Low-Cost Smoking Technology (a low cost automated smoking technology for village level production of smoked fish), Cavite State University (CVSU)

-Special Coffee Blends (coffee products sourced from local coffee growers), CVSU

Industrial Technologies

-Natural Fiber Thermoplastic Composite, DOST-ITDI

-Biodiesel Reactor Yielding Commercially-available Energy (BRYCE), Batangas State University (BSU)

Disaster Risk Reduction Management

-Wireless Integrated Solutions for Emergency Response (WISER) (SIGAW or Solar Powered Isotropic generator for Acoustic Wave as part of the Wireless Integrated Solutions for Emergency Response (WISER)

Officials of the DOST-Calabarzon have assured the developers of technologies of their continued support in a bid to ensure the sustainability of StARTT program.

“We hope to provide more platforms in showcasing your technologies and connect you to more networks, partners, and linkages for your technologies,” said DOST-Calabarzon Officer-in-Charge (OIC)-Regional Director Emelita P. Bagsit.

DOST-Calabarzon OIC-Assistant Regional Director for Technical Operations Engr. Francisco Barquilla III expressed hope that their initiative will be able to fast track the commercialization of local technologies in the region.

“We hope that with our concerted efforts to enable research and development to generate new and innovative products, we’ll eventually make an impact in our economy and to continuously contribute to the increase in the country’s innovation index,” he said.