“This partnership the WMSU College of Engineering and Technology entered into with the Department of Science and Technology aims to broaden our exposure in the region for metal Engineering, to motivate us to engage in research along this field and to initiate other enterprises for future business opportunities…” stressed Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho, WMSU president.
In an inception meeting held last August 1 at the Lantaka Hotel, the Department of Science and Technology Regional Director Dr. Brenda N. Manzano reiterated that DOST has full trust of WMSU’s capability to be the hub of the Technology Innovation Center for it has the faculty expertise, manpower and facilities which they will finance. The first tranch of 2.6 million out of the total amount of 5.1 million budget was released immediately after the project fund turn-over ceremony for the procurement of the necessary facilities. Hopefully the remaining amount shall be released by the end of August 2014. The project brief and direction on guidelines for implementation was presented by Mr.Martin A. Wee, ARD-FASTS. DOST IX. Dr. Roberto M. Sala on the other hand presented an action plan for the project implementation at the WMSU-College of Technology and Engineering.
In addition to the premise earlier mentioned by Dr. Ho, she hopes this DOST-WMSU initiative shall in effect trigger students’ interest to get into more S & T exposures through city and regional summits where they can exhibit their inventions. She also envisions trips to Don Bosco Technical College and other leading technical universities in the country for benchmarking and funding. She cited tapping of students for scholarships in metal engineering so the region can have future experts in the field. In response Dr. Manzano underscored WMSU’s part of the bargain to have the moral obligation to comply with DOST requirement for WMSU-CTE faculty and students to produce at least three R & D every year to enhance the research culture. In closing both Dr. Manzano and Dr. Ho acknowledge the need for more Intellectual Property rights training for faculty and students to increase awareness on ownership and protection of IP items for future inventions. The trainings shall be timely since WMSU is recently declared the Intellectual Property Office for region IX.
Witnesses to the signing were Engr. Mahmud L. Kingking (ARD-FOS, DOST IX), Mr. Martin A. Wee (ARD-FASTS, DOST IX), and Dr. Roberto M. Sala (Project Leader, WMSU).
Meanwhile, Dr. Ho expressed her gratitude for the University has been a recipient of various awards. Prior to the DOST-WMSU partnership, WMSU is also declared a STAR, (Science Teacher Academy for the Region) to replace its former Regional Science and Technology Center (RSTC). (Public Affairs Office)