April 18, 2024

The Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera in partnership with the city government and other concerned agencies and organizations launched the first CordiNNOVATION Exhibit on April 25 and 26 at Malcolm Square.

The two-day event featured 15 exhibitors from academic institutions, government agencies, and entrepreneurs in the Cordillera.

With the approval of the Innovation Act back in 2019, the Regional Research Development and Innovation Committee celebrated the first CordiNNOVATION exhibit as part of a series of activities lined up for Innovation Month and other events for the year.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong, in a message read by executive assistant Samantha Hamada, highlighted the importance of innovation to further the city’s progress.

“We need to inspire and empower our innovators and entrepreneurs to develop ground-breaking solutions that will create inclusive and sustainable communities. We must foster collaboration among different stakeholders to create an ecosystem that supports innovation,” the mayor said.

Hamada also shared the mayor’s vision of transforming Baguio City into a digital and innovation hub that enables its citizens, regardless of their backgrounds or status, to participate in the innovation economy.

DOST-CAR Director Nancy A. Bantog said the exhibit aims to commercialize the products, services, and processes displayed during the event.

“It’s really important to use innovations if we are to improve the way we are doing things. Productivity, efficiency, effectivity, ‘yon ang mga gagampanan ng innovations na dapat natin i-adopt sa ating community,” she said.

Some of the technologies featured in the exhibit are the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s 3D printer and CNC machine that allow users to create innovative products such as their 7-in-1 tool, 32-in-1 multi-hammer; Saint Louis University’s solar coffee dryer; and consortium for agriculture, aquatic and resources, research and development’s miniature of aeroponics system.

Bantog said the DOST-CAR and its partners will continue to extend their help to the micro, small, and medium enterprises even after the event.

Marami tayong programs na tutulong sa mga MSMEs. So approach any of these institutions who are here and after this exhibit, you can always go to our office,” she added.

Interested innovators may visit the DOST-CAR office at Km. 6 Halsema Highway, La Trinidad, Benguet or contact its office at (074) 422-2214. – Camille Galvan