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 By: Ma. Lotuslei P. Dimagiba

Research and Development (R&D) has always been equated to innovation and progress, which is expected to lead in economic growth and stability. The Department of Science and Technology Region IV-A (DOST IV-A), has spearheaded the establishment of an Ideation, Design and Development Laboratory (IDD Lab) in the region.

 

The IDD Lab serves as a venue for need-driven R&D/Floor-shop R&D, a site for advance skills trainings and local designers and a “melting pot” for the potential techno-preneurs; to have a “Creative Hub” for innovation, design and development and prototyping activities.

As of now there is one existing IDD Lab located in Laguna State Polytechnic University in Sta.Cruz, Laguna. With DOST IV-A’s initiative to build IDD Labs in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), DOST IV-A had an IDD Lab workshop entitled, “Training-Workshop: Establishment, Operation, & Institutionalization of IDD Laboratory” for SUCs and HEIs in CALABARZON last June 2-3 at the University Hotel UP Diliman.

The following SUCs and HEIs participants were: Malayan Colleges Laguna, Batangas State Universities, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna State Polytechnic University – Siniloan, Laguna State Polytechnic University - San Pablo, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation, Southern Luzon State University, University of Rizal System, and First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities.

On the first day, the speakers of the workshop were Dr. Roger D. Posadas, Professor of Technology Management Center in UPD on Innovation System: Snapshot of a Regional Roadmap, Dr. Antonio F. Mateo, Inventor and Engineering Consultant on Mining Ideas and Creativity: Future of Innovations, Dr. Giovanni A. Tapang, Professor of NIP UPD on Operation of Actual Innovation Laboratory, Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo, President of Batangas State University on Academe-Industry Partnership in Innovation, Mr. Gamaliel F. Itao, PEE, M.Etr., President of Mechatronics Technologies Corporation on Benchmarking on Food Industry, Mr. Victor Gruet, Secretary of EIAPI on Benchmarking on Electronics Industry, Mr. Virgilio F. Lanzuela, Former President of MIAP and Mr. Martin P. Yabut Jr., President of MIAP on Benchmarking on Metals Industry and lastly, Engr. Edilberto L. Paradela, Regional Director of DOST VII on background on FabLab.

On the second day, part of the workshop was a planning activity that aimed to identify the needed assistance and technology of their targeted industries and to draft a plan for the development of their respective innovation laboratory.

Through the planning workshop one of the facilitator, Dr. Tirso Ronquillo, President of Batangas State University said that there are four major components identified in drafting the proposal namely, Environmental Scanning, Organizational Capability Assessment and Gaps, Organizational and Project Framework, and Strategic Programs and Services.

It was highlighted during the workshop that it is important to identify the existing competence and limitation of the institution in looking at the possibilities of identifying opportunities for the improvement of their organization.

Dr. Ronquillo also said to all SUCs and HEIs that to establish an IDD Lab, R&D Budget and networks are important to support the success and sustainability of the project.

Dr. Giovanni A. Tapang, Professor of NIP UPD said that with these innovative technologies and ideas, there should be a collaboration with the policy makers to have a clear and consistent industrial policy to make use of the technologies for the benefit of the country.

He also said that there should be a support for local inventors in making their inventions patented and commercialized, “Hindi lang naman po talaga usapin ng meron ka nang nagawa, usapin din ng nagagamit ba ang nagagawa,” Dr. Tapang added.

Furthermore, according to Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal, Regional Director of DOST IV-A, “It is about time that the industry and the academe should collaborate more seriously through the IDD lab for more in-depth innovation to achieve the requirement of the industries.”

“We should look up for the opportunities and let us build our competence and our confidence, and provide the talents that the industry requires us,” Dr. Madrigal remarked.