ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- Research and development endeavors in Western Visayas were lauded as these have continued to embrace vital roles in improving lives and boosting science and technology culture.
Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Renato Solidum, who spoke during the regional celebration of the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), hailed the impacts of various research projects here.
“Lives are being improved greatly through the continued hard work and commitment of researchers and the respective R&D projects. It is, thus, imperative that we support regional research as much as we can,” Solidum said in his virtual message.
He stressed the establishment of Western Visayas Laboratory Network (WV LabNet) composing of six major laboratories, namely, the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), Negros Prawn Producers Cooperative, and DOST 6.
These major key players set the ground for strengthening and formalizing the collaboration development efforts through
the WV LabNet recognizing the critical importance of laboratory testing services geared towards socio-economic development.
DOST 6 also teamed up with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) 6 in paving the way to the creation of Regional GIS Information Network – Innovation Hub (RGIN-IH).
It is a network that underscores the sharing of best practices in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology in building and maintaining the GIS capability of its partners such as the local government units, and State, Universities and Colleges (SUCs), and government agencies.
Solidum likewise cited the country’s first Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC) housed in Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) – Miagao Campus.
The RYPIC is a microscale yarn spinning facility that aims to produce yarns from blends of natural textile fibers.
“Their efforts to create a sustainable local weaving industry are among the many feats that deserve recognition,” he said.
Western Visayas, too, is home to the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) laboratory through the Tuklas Lunas program of the DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) in partnership with the University of San Agustin.
This laboratory is notable for its dedication to advancing pharmaceutical discovery and research in the countryside, according to DOST.
Meanwhile, Project ULAT, which stands for Understanding Lightning and Thunder
storms for Extreme Weather Monitoring and Information Sharing, and the Knowledge Center for Weather, Atmospheric, Astronomical and Geophysical Observation (KWAAGO), were also commended.
These two projects established in Iloilo province were known as invaluable resources to local weather monitoring which in turn strengthens the disaster risk reduction management efforts in the Visayan provinces.
“We can see that WV exhaust all efforts to put these R&D as well as innovations at the forefront. These developments are truly testaments as to how passionate DOST 6 and other affiliated organizations and institutes are about improving the lives of the provincial residents,” Solidum said. (JBG/LML/PIA-Iloilo)