CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)—The Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-10 showcased its innovation programs, projects and technologies during the three-day Northern Mindanao Regional Innovation Day Program and Exhibit.
Among the projects exhibited was the DOST Technology Hub, an online portal that serves as a catalog of scientific and technological innovations and services. This includes processes on adoption, transfer, and commercialization.
DOST-10 also showcased its Regional Standards and Testing Laboratories. A UV chamber that aids in the detection of E.coli in water, biochemical test for microorganisms, test for nitrite levels in meat, protein in food, and hardness of water are exhibited inside the DOST booth at the exhibit area,
In partnership with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration-Mindanao Division, DOST-10 likewise set up a Mobile Planetarium for visitors and kids to enjoy.
Moreover, MSMEs assisted by DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) displayed their finished products during the three-day event.
On the last day of the event, DOST-10 presented its proposed AMBIT (Amihanang Mindanao Breakthrough Innovations and Technologies) which aims to recognize effective and efficient innovation efforts that address and deliver action in various areas of the innovation ecosystem. The AMBIT Awards is eyed to be an annual event to take place every National Innovation Day, starting next year.
In a video message, DOST Secretary Renato Solidum, Jr. said the conduct of the regional innovation program and exhibit is an indication that an innovation mindset is now a culture among the key players in the innovation ecosystem in Northern Mindanao.
He said the key thematic areas of the regional innovation program and exhibit – innovation impact, interactive experience, and investment opportunities – are important strategies that should be highlighted to entice the people of the region to adopt, utilize, and commercialize innovations.
Solidum also gave his assurance that DOST will remain steadfast in its commitment to spur regional economic growth through science, technology, and innovation.
DOST-10 currently serves as the chair of the Regional Research Development and Innovation Committee (RRDIC), a special committee under the Regional Development Council.
RRDIC aims to bridge the gaps and challenges of regional socio-economic development by ensuring researchers, innovations and other science and technology-based projects are relevant, responsive, and aligned to the regional development thrusts. (APB/PIA-10)