DOST chief launches hub for aggie-aqua investors and tech users

DOST chief launches hub for aggie-aqua investors and tech users

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario G. Montejo recently inaugurated the DOST – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) Innovation and Technology Center (DPITC) that will house a modern exhibition hub, a digital library, a conference facility, and a business hub.

A new platform for technology promotion, transfer and commercialization, the center offers the following services: intellectual property protection, technology assessment, licensing, investment packaging, spin-off support, manpower training, market matching and expert services delivery.

“The DOST-PCAARRD Innovation and Technology Center is a world-class facility for research and development that proves that our local scientists and engineers are highly capable of producing world class products and services,” Montejo said. “This will serve as a One-Stop-Shop and Convergence Hub that will provide services for investors and technology users in the agriculture and aquatic sectors in the Philippines.”

Currently, the DPITC exhibits the major outputs of its Industry Strategic S&T Program (ISP), which include outputs on coconut, rice mechanization, banana, swine, abaca, and shrimp, some of the Council’s 34 ISPs.

The Center was inaugurated during DOST- PCAARRD’s week-long event dubbed SIPAG Fiesta or the Strategic Industry S&T Program on Agri-Aqua Growth – Farms and Industry Encounters through the Science and Technology Agenda. It was held March 2-4, 2016 at the PCAARRD Complex, Los Banos, Laguna.