Public Connectivity. DICT Assistant Secretary Felino Castro V (2nd from right) and Mayor Benjamin Magalong 4th from left) lead the launching of the free public wifi for the Park Area of the Baguio Post Office Loop Wednesday, a project under DICT's

Premyo Bonds. Treasurer of the Philippines Rosalia De Leon, in leading the

Regional Development and Security. Newly appointed Cordillera Regional Development Council Chairperson - Abra Governor Joy Bernos and Regional Peace and Order Council chairperson - Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong presided their first Joint RDC - RPOC meeting Friday at Newtown Plaza Hotel, Baguio City. The meeting was attended by Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security for Cordillera (CORDS - CAR) Agriculture Secretary William Dar. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

RDC PSRs. Newly appointed Cordillera Regional Development Council Chairperson - Abra Governor Joy Bernos administer the oathtaking of RDC - Cordillera Private Sector Representatives Reinaldo Bautista Jr and Maria Jorquesa Hakcholna for infrastructure; Ryan Dale Mangusa for IP concerns, Riesel Tocyapao for Kalinga; and Ferdinand Gonzales for Developmental Administration. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Science for the People. DOST Sec. Fortunato Dela Peña with DOST - CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog joined by Mountain Province Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan, Congressman Maximo Dalog Jr and Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey in a photo opportunity with students who won in S&T questions from the Secretary during the opening program of the November 19 - 22 Regional Science Technology Week in Bontoc. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Science for the People.DOST Sec. Fortunato Dela Peña talks with young inventors/innovators at the S&T Exhibits area during the Nov. 19 to 22 Regional S&T Week at Bontoc. Dela Peña was the guest of honor during the opening program last Nov. 19. (Lito Dar//PIA CAR)

Science for the People. A personnel from PAGASA gives a demo on the rain and flood simulator that was among the S&T exhibited during the Nov. 19 to 22 Regional S&T Week at Bontoc, Mountain Province. (Lito Dar//PIA CAR)

Science for the People. DOST Sec. Fortunato Dela Peña with DOST - CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog joined by Mountain Province Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan inspects a DOST assisted - product on display during the Nov. 19 to 22 Regional S&T Week at Bontoc. Dela Peña was the guest of honor during the opening program last Nov. 19. (Lito Dar//PIA CAR)

SLU TechHub Promotes Technopreneurship through Kapihan in Baguio City

BAGUIO CITY - The Saint Louis University Technopreneurship Hub (SLU TechHub), through its Information and Education Campaign (IEC), was the highlight of a special Kapihan on July 31, 2019, hosted by Philippine Information Agency-Cordillera Administrative Region (PIA-CAR) and Baguio SkyCable.


The SLU TechHub Team with representatives from DTI, DOST and CHED.

Joining the SLU Administrators and TechHub team were representatives from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The Kapihan highlighted academe and government partnership as a major catalyst towards producing a new breed of engineers called “technopreneurs.” With the converging assistance and support from the three (3) government agencies, the TechHub creates an ecosystem of complementing services starting from immersion and creativity, to innovation and technology, onwards to knowledge creation and intellectual property, and eventually - commercialization. A spectrum of strategies and services in the TechHub are available, all leading towards a vision of wealth creation for the university, industry partners, and the local and regional economy. The TechHub activities are programmed in such a way that the development of market impact is always attained. One example is the active partnering of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with engineering and architecture students in product or packaging design and development in a state-of-the art digital prototyping laboratory thus improving its marketability.           

The university was entrusted a total combined grant of approximately 31.6 million pesos from the above-mentioned government agencies with sustained guidance from Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev) and USAID. True to the form of creating ecosystem services, the synergy of Technopreneurship 101, a new engineering subject, prepares the students to gradually segue to an entrepreneurial mindset. Reinforcing their technopreneurial skills is a digital fabrication laboratory (FabLab) and a Technology Business Incubator (TBI).  With this complete technopreneurial ecosystem services, the TechHub is a bustling center of activities actively working to produce a new breed of engineers who are not only tech-savvy but are avid problem-solvers and capable of owning their innovations by becoming technopreneurs.


The Simulation Laboratory

These changes are happening purposely. CHED mandated all universities in the country to offer engineering programs to incorporate Technopreneurhsip 101 as a required subject. Selected faculty, particularly in SLU’s School of Engineering and Architecture, had been training and immersing themselves in this new mindset since 2016 in order for them to teach this subject with confidence and credibility. The SLU TechHub has evolved and now houses three (3) Centers. The SLU Incubator for Research, Innovation, and Business, known as the SIRIB Center, was created together with CHED and PhilDev to support research and development initiatives. It is where students are taught and guided through the process of ideation and design thinking. After which, the ideas of the students are moved to the “making phase” or prototyping in the FabLab which is a DTI Shared Service Facility (SSF). It is at this stage where students and faculty, together with MSMEs and the community, make their plan become real and tangible objects or products that are useful to society. Finally, the third center, the SLU-DOST Convergent Resilience Technology Business Incubator (ConRes TBI), is the space where technology ideas are incubated to become ventures that are ready for commercialization. Business support through industry partnership is provided in the TBI aside from business coaching, mentoring, and Intellectual Property advising. The SLU TechHub sees to it that all the three (3) centers are working together to a convergence within a robust ecosystem. The SLU TechHub attracts students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics (STEAM) Program.protolab

The Prototype Laboratory

During the Kapihan, various tech products from the Mechatronics, Mechanical, Civil, Electronics, Chemical, and Industrial Engineering programs were showcased such as the Duplicarving Machine, a machine developed to duplicate woodcarvings; the Modular Drone Payload System for Surveying; the Smart Beehive or eBee, an automated temperature-controlled beehive with monitoring system for the beekeeping industry; the Modified Wheelchair with Lifting Mechanism, a wheelchair-stretcher in one designed for the healthcare industry; the Automated Plant Water and Light Incubator for the agriculture space; the CEBloc, an envirosafe and resilient soil technology for shelters; and the HeartBag, an engineered backpack for remote rural area healthcare workers.

hybrid engineers

The Hybrid Engineers

The first batch of this new breed of engineers will graduate in 2022 and are expected to have undergone the entire Technopreneurship “learning and doing” through the SLU TechHub’s SIRIB Center, FabLab, and ConRes TBI. In a few years’ time, through these technopreneurs, there will be an emergence of spin-offs, startups, and an animated Knowledge Economy.

Visit the SLU TechHub at Saint Louis University.  It is located at the 5th floor Otto Hahn Building in the School of Engineering and Architecture, Bonifacio Street, Baguio City, Philippines.

By: Meljony J. Palangeo



  • Maharlika building to be turned over to the city by next year

    BAGUIO CITY – The agriculture department, through the Human Settlements Development Corporation (HSDC), will turn over to the city government the administration, maintenance and operation of the Maharlika Livelihood Center in 2020 instead of the original 2025 schedule of turnover of the facility.

  • Loman poised to keep legendary reign rising

    Stephen “The Sniper” Loman Brave Combat Federation Bantamweight titleholder remains unbeaten in the promotion for already 776 days as of December 2, 2019.

  • 70th Fil-Am golf tourney tees off

    BAGUIO CITY – DESPITE the threat of Typhoon Tisoy, the 70th edition of the Fil-Am Invitational Golf Tournament officially teed off at Camp John Hay and Baguio Country Club golf courses.

  • City to allow BFFFI to handle Panagbenga 2020

    BAGUIO CITY – The city government will continue to allow the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc. (BFFFI) to organize and spearhead the conduct of the 25th edition of the Panagbenga or the Baguio flower festival next year as it has proved it can effectively and efficiently handle the activities for the month-long festival.

  • DPWH to procure P126 million dredging machine for CAR

    BAGUIO CITY– The Cordillera office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-CAR) will acquire a multi-million dredging machine to dredge major river systems in the different parts of the region to prevent the occurrence of perennial flooding in low-lying communities during the rainy season.


  • Salda intervenes in HEDCOR, landowners rift

    La Trinidad, Benguet– The timely intervention of Mayor Romeo K. Salda defused the brewing tension between the management of the Aboitiz-owned Hydroelectric Development Corporation (HEDCOR), Inc. and more than twenty landowners that nearly caused the stoppage of operation of the company’s 19-megawatt Bineng Hydroelectric Power Plant that was recently commissioned.

  • Benguet ‘avang’ sustains ritual ties to swine trade

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Burly men representing the 13 towns of Benguet province threw themselves into a giant pig pen on Saturday (Nov. 23) to catch the biggest hogs, called “avang” by Ibaloys and “depap” by Kankana-eys, during the 119th Benguet Foundation Day celebration here.

  • Benguet officials appeal on Kennon Road closure

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov.21 (PIA) - - The members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan met recently with the members of the Kennon Road Task Force to raise the concerns  of the provincial, municipal and barangay officials including the affected residents on the closure of the Kennon Road.

  • DSWD-CAR holds caravan in Benguet

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov.19 (PIA) - - The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the region  held a caravan advocating their programs, projects and services to the provincial government and creating a venue to showcase their accomplishments together with their partners in the government and the civil society organizations(CSOs).

  • DILG holds constitutional reform roadshow in Benguet

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 15 (PIA) - - The Department of the Interior and Local Government(DILG) brought  the government’s agenda of amending the 1987 Constitution towards development and progress of the country and the Filipino people thru  the constitutional reform provincial roadshow dubbed as “Balangayan 2019” at the Benguet Sports Complex here on Tuesday.

Mt. Province

  • Solar-powered rice insect trap leads winners in RICE 2019

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Nov. 22 (PIA) - - A solar-powered light trap for rice insect created by three students from Camalog National High School of Pinukpuk, Kalinga wins the SIBOL Award – Student Creative Research for High School category of the 2019 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) held  on November 19 – 20 here.

  • DOST brings Reg’l S&T roadshow to the people of Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Nov. 21 (PIA) - - In line with its  goal of bringing science for the people, the Department of Science and Technology(DOST),  holds the annual Regional S&T Week here that generally aims to promote science, technology and innovation as a driver of development especially in the countryside.

  • Besao LGU confiscates frozen pork products

    BESAO, Mountain Province, Nov. 22(PIA) -- The local government here showed that it is serious in implementing the provincial ban on the entry of live swine/pigs, fresh and frozen pork, and pork products into the province to prevent the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF).

  • Mountain Province share national accounting awards limelight

    BONTOC, Mountain Province – The provincial government and three municipal governments stole the limelight in the recently concluded annual gathering of the Association of Government Certified Public Accountants of the Philippines as the same were adjudged for having the best accounting offices in their categories.

  • Consumers learn about sustainable consumption

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 29 (PIA)--Consumers in the province learned about sustainable consumption in a live kapihan among Consumernet-member agencies led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in coordination with Radyo Pilipinas in celebration of Consumer Welfare Month.


  • IPPO credits drop in crime volume to community support, police

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Nov. 29 (PIA) - - Support of the community and dedication of police personnel in performing their mandates are among the reasons why the crime volume of the province dropped by eight percent, the director of the Ifugao Provincial Police Office (IPPO) said.

  • PFT-ELCAC delivers services to priority barangays

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Nov. 29 (PIA) - - Some member agencies of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) delivered services to identified barangays of the province.

  • Ifugao food sector briefed on regulatory laws, accreditation

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 30 (PIA)- - The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVET) briefed  food stakeholders of this province on  regulatory laws, licenses, permits and accreditation relative to food safety.

  • Army unit reiterates unity towards peace and dev’t

    KIANGAN, Ifugao, Nov. 26(PIA) - - The  54th Infantry Battalion (Magilas)  recognized  uniformed personnel   and civilians for their exemplary  deeds that contributed to the success of the battalion’s goal of achieving  peace and development while enjoining continued  public suppor and commitment.

  • Lamut 4Ps beneficiaries oriented on 'Listong Pamilyang Pilipino'

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Nov. 26(PIA) - - Knowledge and skills of some families under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) on disaster prepared were enhanced after an orientation conducted by a Listo team member and a former beneficiary of the pro-poor program.





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