The Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) has opened its Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) in Laguna last month, giving students and entrepreneurs a facility that make business and commercial enhancements a lot easier.
The Center is located within the Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) in San Pablo City, Laguna and is equipped with an Ideation, Design and Development (IDD) laboratory, which offers services in product development, design, and prototyping.
The IDD aims to become a creative hub for entrepreneurs, independent designers and students. It is also a facility where ideas and innovations are given a chance to grow fully with the aid of top-flight technologies for business enhancement.
Alexander Madrigal, DOST Director for Region IV-A, said the government will support promising projects of the Center’s students.
“It’s about time we catch up [with other countries]and start providing ideation services to industries,” he said, citing the example of Singapore where innovation is vibrant and allowing its industries to be globally competitive.
Madrigal added that they decided to build the facility within the LSPU to follow the example of more advanced countries which decided to do their research and development activities in academic institutions.
The IDD services currently offers workshops in 3D printing and 3D CAD Design Software (Solid Edge Design Software) to DOST personnel, students and faculty members within and outside LSPU.
PSTC Director Samuel Caperiña said availing of these services will translate to several benefits for the micro, small and medium-sized industries in the province. The benefits include increased sales and earnings, reduction in cost and wastes, greater efficiency and less energy.
Laguna Provincial Board Member Angelica Jones Alarva praised the PSTC establishment saying this will bring more jobs and create more livelihood opportunities to her constituents.
Those interested in the IDD workshops can contact Paula Omila of CIM Technologies at tel. nos. 7522468 and 09054206900.