February 9, 2023

The Commission on Higher Education is planning to stage a yearly exhibit that will put on display various and useful inventions produced by Philippine state universities and colleges (SUCs).
CHED chairperson Prospero de Vera III said they are partnering with the Department of Science and Technology and Department of Trade and Industry to hold invention and research gatherings completed by government-run campuses nationwide.
“We do not have enough of that yet in this country. We are building a platform where the industry can discover their products to manufacture and highlight what the SUCs are doing,” de Vera III said.
CHED staged the first SUC fair, ‘The Art of SUCcess,’ at the activity area of the Ayala Malls TriNoma in Quezon City on March 9 to 11.
The three-day event carries the theme “Passion, innovation, and connection” showcasing the contribution to the advancement of technology and socio-economy of campuses coming from 14 regions in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
The Rizal Technological Institute has pioneered the hosting of the expo joined by 50 universities and colleges.
De Vera added that the next fairs should be in Visayas and Mindanao so various industry players from different parts of the country can check out the products.
Products featured by the research and development departments of the universities seek to answer local woes of their economy.
For one, Mariano Marcos State University in Ilocos Norte produces high quality ‘black garlic’ in the market. It is one way to add value to the raw material (garlic) that the province has an oversupply of.
Black garlic is a processed garlic product prepared by heat treatment of whole garlic bulbs at high temperature and humidity for several days.
After aging process, it can be enjoyed as a light snack.
Its health benefits include lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases, helping destroy cancer cells in the body, boosting properties against infection, and reducing inflammation.
This unique property of garlic is an important neurotransmitter that helps deter Alzheimer’s disease. – PNA release