DTI – CAR Regional Director Myrna Pablo disclosed that 700 face shields were initially produced through the SLU FabLab and it will be distributed to DTI beneficiaries of “Pangkabuhayan para sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa” or PBG and their clients under the “Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay” or NSB program.
The face shield project with the SLU FabLab is just the start of the partnership. The fablab is a Shared Service Facility (SSF) assisted by DTI with a funding of P14 million for product prototyping services for startups, students, faculty and community.
Inaugurated in 2019, it is equipped with Laser Cutter, XXL 3D Printer, Milling Machine, Labeller, Thermoforming and PCB Etching, Robotics Lab, Virtual Reality Simulation Lab and Motion Capture.
The Fablab is part of SLU’s TechHub housed at the School of Engineering and Architecture with Dean Cynthia Posadas as project leader and Engr. Maria Corazon Ocampo as TechHub manager.
For other COVID – related programs, DTI – CAR with partner retailers continue with the conduct of rolling stores. As of August 7, they have already initiated 191 runs in 986 barangays with over 500,000 consumers benefitted and around P131.09 million in sales generated.
Price monitoring on the compliance of establishments to the DTI Suggested Retail Price or SRP is also a continuing program of DTI – CAR. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar