DOST-TAPI welcomes new director

The Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) has welcomed Marion Ivy D. Decena, one of the first certified patent valuation analysts (CPVA) in the country, as its new director.

Newly appointed Director DOST-TAPI Marion Ivy D. Decena (DOST-TAPI)

Decena, one of the few recognized CPVAs in Southeast Asia, vowed to strengthen the implementation of the Institute’s programs and services.

“I aspire for DOST-TAPI to rise up and claim the ownership of promoting technology transfer and commercialization as mandates,” she said in a statement.

Among the programs and services currently offered by the Institute are the following: IP rights protection, valuation, marketing and promotion, and venture financing.

Decena, a lawyer and a certified public accountant, said to fully explore full potentials of the DOST-TAPI employees, they “must be capacitated and become self-sufficient and reliable partners of our stakeholders.”

“DOST-TAPI has a myriad of possibilities in terms of satisfying both financial and technical aspects of program management,” she said.

Decena started as an Attorney III of DOST-TAPI before serving as the Chief Science Research Specialist of the Invention Development Division of the Institute. Under her leadership, the Invention Development Division was named as the Best Delivery Unit from 2016 to 2019.

"By upholding the IP system as well as the development of technologies and innovations, Atty. Decena oversees numerous programs that mainly focus on providing assistance to Filipino inventors, researchers, and different institutions,” the DOST-TAPI said.

“She has been actively sharing her expertise as resource speaker to local IP and valuation training including international engagements.”

She got her Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy at the Catanduanes State University. She also earned a Master of Management degree at Leyte Normal University and a Certificate in Science and Technology Program from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM).

In 2007, she was admitted to the Philippine Bar after taking the Philippine Bar Examination in 2006 and obtaining her law degree from Leyte Colleges.

Decena is a member of different organisations. These include the Leaders in Innovation Fellowship Programme in the United Kingdom, the Certified Patent Valuation Analyst in the Business Development Academy, the Intellectual Property (IP) Association of the Philippines, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines - Tacloban Chapter, and the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants - Tacloban Chapter.