Holy Angel University (HAU) believes that one way of fueling the economic growth of the Philippines and well-being of its people is through continuous research and development. With the university’s strategic objective of becoming an authentic instrument for countryside development, the team behind HAU’s Technology Business Incubator (TBI) Encephalon attended the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 4th National Research and Development Conference 2019 (NRDC) with a theme “Harmonized R&D Towards Accelerated Growth and Prosperity” at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) last April 3, 2019. The event was attended by over one thousand people from different universities, government agencies and private institutions nationwide.
The 4th NDRC aims to bring to the public the products and results of R&D funded by all the Government Funding Agencies (GFAs) such as Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The conference also highlights the importance of technology transfer to ensure that R&D results would really contribute to economic development.
DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña started his keynote after the welcoming remarks and overview of DOST USec. Rowena Cristina L. Guevarra. These were immediately followed by the first speaker, Dr. Robert McLean of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Atty. Jose Maria A. Ochave of Unilab was the next speaker who gave some pointers from the trench of Licensing. Afterwards, the University of the Philippines Technology Transfer and Business Development Officer, Dr. Luis G. Sison focused on presenting the Technology Transfer and the Technology Communication. Lastly, Dr. Leah J. Buendia closed the morning session with her talk regarding the International Research and Development. In the afternoon, 20 presenters from different Universities and Government Agencies showcased their innovations and inventions to the body.
The HAU-Encephalon was represented by Engr. Melani Cabrera, HAU-TBI Manager and Engr. Gina Tumang, HAU ITSO Officer and SEA Industrial Engineering Program faculties, Engr. Kimberly Hazel Serrano and Engr. Calvin Karl Garganta.