DOST–ITDI, CSU ink MOA on abaca fiber composite technology transfer

Published December 5, 2021, 12:55 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Cagayan State University (CSU) has adopted the abaca fiber composite technology developed by the Industrial Technology Development Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ITDI).


This, as the CSU and DOST-ITDI signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the technology transfer. The pact was signed on Nov. 26.

“The MOA gives CSU the license to adapt, utilize, make, produce and pre-commercialize the technology on the production of abaca fiber composites, especially in the fabrication of the body/cowl of its E-trike,” DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña said in a taped report on Dec. 3.

The DOST-Science for Change (S4C) showcased on Dec. 3, a total of 37 innovation hubs that seek to boost regional development in the country. These include CSU’s E-Mobility R&D Center, which is expected to design, develop, fabricate and assemble e-Trike that could be adopted in the region.

The Center will redesign a lightweight chassis; improve mechanical energy transmission systems, and determine optimal electronic/electrical systems as far as the mechanical design for the tricycle is concerned. It will likewise design the electrical and electronic components of an e-Trike, and determine the viability of the conversion of conventional tricycle to e-Trike.

A COVID-19 responsive design will be considered to ensure physical distancing and prevent the spread of viral infections, the DOST said.

De la Peña said the DOST-ITDI will assist CSU in establishing the fabrication facility, in training its personnel, and providing the necessary assistance during the technology transfer activity.

The MOA was signed by DOST-ITDI Director Dr. Annabelle V. Briones and CSU President Dr. Urdujah G. Alvarado.