Biz, LGUs tap DOST’s research and development projects

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has undertaken 152 research and development projects for the past five years that have been adopted and used by several business entities and local government units (LGUs).

In a news statement, the DOST said businesses and LGUs that have made good use of its technologies are from Zamboanga, Butuan, Negros, Batangas, Camarines area, Quezon, Ilocos region, Parañaque City and Navotas City.

Among the technologies on top of the demand list are bioreactor, plastic densifier, wine kit and food-related technologies, the DOST statement added.

Some of the business entities that have availed of the DOST technologies or have worked with the department are Splash Foods Corp., Sally’s Authentic Bicol Express, House of Polvoron, Jennie’s Pork Chicharon, Navarro Foods International Inc., Carreon’s Sweets & Pastries, Zambo Tropical Foods and Trappist Monastic Food Products, among others.

According to the DOST, the research projects were mostly in the field of chemicals and energy, environmental and biotechnology, foods, materials science and packaging.

According to Nelia Florendo, chief of the Technical Services Division of the DOST’s Industrial Technology Development Institute, “these government-developed technologies are [very much helpful and useful because they were] designed to factor in the social, economic and environmental benefits.”

They were also responsive to climate-change adaptation and mitigation, Florendo added.

Thus, DOST-developed technologies are better compared to the ones manufactured by private firms, she said.

What is even better with DOST technologies is that they were all conceptualized and manufactured through the use of local raw materials that went through innovations in terms of product or process improvements, making them distinct from their commercial counterparts, the DOST official said.

-Written by Nelson S. Badilla in BusinessMirror.  See original article link here.