DOST-BU iFWDph project inception meeting held

Tuesday January 25,2022

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The overseas Filipino workers and their families will gain greater value as the DOST iFWDPh (Innovations for Filipinos Working Distantly from the Philippines) will provide series of learning events. They will be assisted to set up a technology-based enterprise with funding support.

To jumpstart the project implementation, Bicol University as a partner of DOST V, conducted the inception meeting for the project titled “Bicol University Capability Training Program for the DOST iFWDPh Technology-Based Business Enterprises for the OFWs in Region V” on January 19, 2022.

The virtual inception meeting and fund release was attended by Dir. Rommel R. Serrano,   DOST V Regional Director Ms. Teresa Alcantara DOST V Assistant Regional Director, Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas  Bicol UniversitySUC President IV, Dr. Luis O. Amano BU Vice President for Research, Development and Extension, Dr. Arnulfo P. Malinis  BU Director Center for Technology Commercialization and Enterprise Development, Dr. Nicanor B. Balbin – Director BU Intellectual Property Management Division and Prof. Rowena F. Zoilo – Director, BU Extension Management Division. The Bicol University and DOST IFWD Ph Technical Working Group and project staff attended the event.

The training program brings up ways to use technopreneurship training as a means to capacitate OFW beneficiaries through the provision of specialized training that would allow them to tap available innovations or be driven by their innovative quests and pursue technology-based entrepreneurship.

The project specifically aims to develop training modules on the development and management of technology-based enterprises, provide capability-building training through an action-based entrepreneurial approach, and facilitate the development of the beneficiary’s business plans. It is expected that at the end of the training program, the participants would be able to pitch their business/start-up in order to access funding.

Moreover, the project would also pave the way for disseminating technologies both of DOST and Bicol University, which the participants may choose to adopt as they develop their business enterprise. 

The Center for Technology Commercialization and Enterprise Development and SILI DELI, the BU-IPCOM Project, and the Extension Management Division will lead the project implementation. (GBulawan & ABalleta)