Iloilo City The Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) conducted the "Capacity Building for the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) for the Invent School Implementation" on 18-19 October 2018 in Iloilo City.
In close coordination with PSHS and DOST-VI, DOST-TAPI successfully implemented the second leg of the trainors' training program.
Invent School Program (ISP) is one of the leading programs of DOST-TAPI and designed to open the young minds of students as a starting ground for young Filipino inventors.
DOST-TAPI Director Edgar Garcia, Chief SRS Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena, DOST-VI Regional Director Rowen R. Gelonga, DOST-TAPI in-house experts Engr. Roberto B. Verzosa, Senior SRS, Caezar Angelito E. Arceo, Supervising SRS, and Anna Liza Saet, ISP Program Manager, together with the participants
The program was attended by DOST-TAPI Director Edgar I. Garcia, PSHS Executive Director Lilia T. Habacon, and DOST-VI Regional Director Rowen R. Gelonga. It was closed by Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena, Chief of Science Research Specialist (SRS) of DOST-TAPI's Invention Development Division.
Dir. Garcia and Dir. Habacon graced the opening ceremony and gave a brief backgrounder of the program and inspired the student participants, respectively. While Dir. Gelonga concisely discussed the research and development (R&D) map of the country and the significance of Science and Technology, and Innovation (STI) in economic and social progress as a key driver for a long-term growth of an economy.
"DOST is the mother agency to support growth and innovation in the country. As part of the agency, it is our obligation to engage in innovative works," Dir. Habacon said.
The two-day training-workshop was handled by speakers from various fields, in particular by Engr. Maria Concepcion Zabala of Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) who discussed the importance of intellectual property rights and prior art search, Mr. Rommel Adame of Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) on the significance of prototyping, and Ms. Chona Suner-Narvadez of PhilRice on the necessity of considering the target market of a technology in terms of commercialization.
DOST-TAPI in-house experts served as the facilitators of the training composed of Mr. Caezar Angelito E. Arceo, Supervising SRS, Ms. Anna Liza B. Saet, ISP Program Manager, and Engr. Roberto B. Verzosa, Senior SRS.
Atty. Decena emphasized that the lecture is just a glimpse of how DOST-TAPI conduct the ISP.
"After you go back to your campuses, as the future trainors, you are expected to do an apprenticeship program wherein you will be paired with our experts from DOST-TAPI and other agencies to conduct Invent School activity," Atty. Decena said during her closing remarks.
A total of 33 participants attended the event, composed of campus directors, faculty members, and students from PSHS campuses of NCR, Caraga, Southern Central Mindanao, Eastern, Western and Central Visayas, Zamboanga, and SOCCSKSARGEN.