By: Rina R. Llenaresas
The DOST V, in cooperation with the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) and the 3 regional consortia namely BCHRD, BCARRD and BCIEERRD conducted the DOST- Bicol Regional Inventions and Exhibits (BRICE) at the Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges (CSPC), Nabua Camarines Sur on September 7-9, 2015 with the theme, “ Philippines: A Science-Nation Innovating and Inventing for Global Competitiveness”. Various activities and contests were held showcasing Bicolano inventions, utility models, industrial designs and professional /student researches both in private individuals and organizations. The event was designed to enhance awareness and interest in the S&T innovations, promotion and advocacy.
As part of the advocacy campaign, the BCHRD and BCARRD organized the Joint BCARRD and BCHRD Stakeholders Forum at the CSPC Academic Building 2, Function Room on September 9, 2015, whose objective is to increase awareness of participants on issues and policies on health, invention and research.
The forum was started with an introduction of the 2 consortia thru an audio-visual presentation that presented the VMGO and salient activities and services of the two consortia. The highlight of the activity were the lectures shared on: 1) Intellectual Property Policy by Dir. Tomas B. Briñas, DOST V Director and BCARRD Chairperson; 2) Invention Development by Dr. George Colorado, CHED V Director; 3) Ethics Review/ SOP and Requirement by Dr. Sandy C. Lasa, BCHRD-ERC Chairperson and National Dengue Vector Program-Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (NDVSP-ABKP) Ms. Leah Dyn Bellen, the DOST V NDVSP-ABKP Coordinator. A total of 65 stakeholders were present who took active participation during the open forum. In the closing of the activity Dr. Alma Banua, Director of the BCHRD, encouraged the inventors and researchers to continue to come up with new knowledge and inventions that will address the health needs of the Bicolanos.