TAPI Strengthens Collaborations in Region VIII
Samar & Leyte – In a bid to strengthen influx of viable proposals qualified for funding, a team from TAPI headed by Engr. Edgar I. Garcia, TAPI Director and TECHNICOM Program Director, initiated a series of consultative meetings last November 3-5, 2014, with the leading State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in Region VIII to present TAPI’s various programs of assistance designed for the Higher Education Institutes (HEIs).
Speaking in front of the Eastern Visayas Consortium for Industry and Energy Research and Development (EVCIERD) during its Regional Technical Working Group Meeting held at Samar State University in Catbalogan City, Engr. Garcia highlighted the need for technology-based, commercially-viable and sustainability-driven proposals that could accelerate the country’s global competitiveness and enhance the Region’s income-generating opportunities. Accordingly, he encouraged each member-university to build their capabilities in the field of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection while taking advantage of TAPI’s IPR Assistance Program.
The TAPI team, together with representatives from DOST Regional Office, also met and discussed with R&D Heads and faculties of other universities including the Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU), Leyte Normal University (LNU), Visayas State University (VSU) and Palompon Institute of Technology (PIT). The meetings centered on the mechanics of TAPI programs, coverage of support, and the multi-level review and evaluation process.
Dr. Felixberto Avestruz, EVSU’s VP for RD&E expressed his commitment to revitalize the University’s R&D thrust in view of the favorable programs of DOST implemented thru TAPI. Likewise, Dr. Othello B. Capuno, VSU’s VP for R&E encouraged VSU’s lead researchers to take advantage of the numerous funding opportunities and elevate their competencies in technology-development.
With these renewed calls for proposals and strengthened partnerships with SUCs, TAPI through its TECHNICOM Program, looks forward to promising locally-developed technologies and innovations that could ultimately contribute to the country’s sustainable and economic progress. (Marvin Eric Dela Cruz)