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BUSI­NESSPER­SONS from the Visayas are now look­ing into tech­nolo­gies from the Depart­ment of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (DOST) for pos­si­ble in­vest­ment and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties. “We asked DOST to be our part­ner,” said Jude P. Abenoja, pres­i­dent of the Or­moc City Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (OrCham), as he dis­cussed the idea dur­ing the big­gest busi­ness con­fer­ence in the Visayas, held last Septem­ber 15-16 at the Or­moc City Su­per­dome in Leyte.

As a pre-event to the bustling 25th Visayas area busi­ness con­fer­ence, the DOST held a Tech­nol­ogy Trans­fer Day fea­tur­ing 74 tech­nolo­gies avail­able for adop­tion. This is the first DOST Tech­nol­ogy Trans­fer Day held in the re­gions.

“We are sell­ing tech­nolo­gies, not prod­ucts,” Usec. Rowena Cristina L. Gue­vara clar­i­fied to the au­di­ence, who were wowed by the prod­ucts be­ing show­cased which were still new, or still out of the mar­ket in some ar­eas.

The au­di­ence flocked to the sam­ple area that fea­tured crispy and nu­tri­tious vac­uum fried fruits and veg­eta­bles, among oth­ers. Th­ese prod­ucts were pro­duced us­ing food pro­cess­ing equip­ment for DOST’s Food In­no­va­tion Cen­ters. DOST “sells” the tech­nol­ogy be­hind the equip­ment to en­trepreneurs, who will re­ceive a li­cense to fab­ri­cate same ma­chine to be used in pro­duc­ing prod­ucts.

Abenoja said he ar­ranged with DOST-VIII Re­gional Di­rec­tor Edgar M. Esper­an­cilla to hold the DOST Tech­nol­ogy Trans­fer Day a day be­fore the busi­ness con­fer­ence in or­der “to bring tech­nolo­gies and the DOST closer to the busi­ness sec­tor as we share a com­mon goal, which is to bring eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties to the coun­try­side.”

Around 300 of the 500 busi­ness con­fer­ence del­e­gates also at­tended the Tech­nol­ogy Trans­fer Day.

Abenoja and DOST-VIII iden­ti­fied tech­nolo­gies that can thrive in the re­gion and high­lighted th­ese dur­ing the Tech­nol­ogy Trans­fer Day. Th­ese were the car­rageenan plant growth pro­moter, se­men ex­ten­der for goats, nipa sap sugar pro­duc­tion, sta­bi­lized brown rice, com­ple­men­tary foods, DOST tablea, Food In­no­va­tion Cen­ter pro­cess­ing equip­ment, STARBOOKS, Eco-friendly sep­tic sys­tem (Eco-Sep), and abaca fiber for pack­ag­ing and cur­rency base pa­pers.

“The 11 tech­nolo­gies are hand-picked as th­ese as seen to work in our area,” Abenoja told.

The or­ga­niz­ers, com­posed of the OrCham, DOST-VIII, DOSTTech­nol­ogy Ap­pli­ca­tion and Pro­mo­tion In­sti­tute, and the East­ern Visayas State Uni­ver­sity, re­ceived a num­ber of term sheets dur­ing the Tech­nol­ogy Trans­fer Day, in­di­cat­ing in­quiries for pos­si­ble tech­nol­ogy adop­tion.

“The part­ner­ship doesn’t end here,” Abenoja said. The OrCham pre­vi­ously part­nered with the re­gional of­fice for the hold­ing of

In­ter­ested busi­nessper­sons check out new prod­ucts made us­ing DOSTde­vel­oped tech­nolo­gies at the Tech­nol­ogy Trans­fer Day held re­cently at the Or­moc City Su­per­dome in Leyte.

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