GSC joins ViScience 2019: Visayas Science Festival

The University of the Philippines Visayas in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology  hosted the Aghambayan Visayas entitled, “ ViScience 2019: Visayas Science Festival. This one-day activity highlighted all the accomplishments of technology generators from the different State Univerties and Colleges around Visayas Region supported by DOST. Being one of those DOST-supported SUCs, Guimaras State College was requested to join and showcase its research outputs, brochures and signages which was displayed in a 2m x 2m booth. This was held at the Iloilo Convention Center, Megaworld Blvd., Mandurriao, Iloilo City last June 17, 2019.

          In line with the preparation for the Exhibit, Guimaras State College participants  went to the venue a day before the activity to assemble the booth and to arrange the research outputs particularly those that were generated and produced from the Food Innovation Center, Industrial and Technology Research and Development Center, and from the College of Agricultural Sciences. Few weeks before the scheduled activity, DOST requested the Guimaras State College and other State Universities and Colleges to send their technologies via email as their entry to poster presentation. GSC have sent a total of seven technologies namely: Green Charcoal (College of Agricultural Sciences); Blue-C (Dr. Lilian Diana Parreno); Vacuum Fried Sweet Potato Sticks and Chips ( Food Innovation Center- Mosqueda Campus); and DEEly Products – Batuan, Bignay, Camias and Cranberry Products ( Prof. Ethel P. Junco, Prof. Eric P. Catalan and Ms. Daverose Gallego). All of these GSC technologies were qualified for poster presentation and were featured as Visayas Technologies during the Exhibit.

          On the day of the activity, participants were warmly and sincerely welcomed by Dr. Ricardo P. Babaran, Chancellor of UP Visayas and Dr. Fortunato T. De La Peña, DOST Secretary as they gave their messages. Dr. Rolly G. Fuentes, Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension, UP Visayas gave the Overview of the activity, and was  followed by an Audio Visual Presentation of the featured Technologies of Visayas. Right after the presentation, all of the participants and guest speakers proceed to the most awaited part which was the Opening of the Exhibits. Everyone felt amazed as they  take a look at the different booth displaying their own-developed technologies and  research outputs. Some State Universities and Colleges, including the Guimaras State College offered free-tasting  to the participants especially those who were curious of the  products that were new and unique to their eyesight.  While  some participants went back to the conference hall to continue the discussion, others were left to watch the booth.  The discussion continued with some topics for the the Industry and Private Sectors and the Government Agencies and Academic Institutions. The discussion ended up with a MOA signing for Technology Transfer and with the closing remarks delivered by Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevarra, Undersecretary for Research and Development, DOST.

The GSC participants during the Booth Set-Up: (from the right) Mr. Leo Sorongon, Ms. Jessiery Heart Gabo, Mr. Adrian C. Alumbro, Prof. Ethel P. Junco, Dr. Lilian Diana B. Parreno, Instr. Rodrigo Paglomutan Jr., Dr. Julius T. Vergara, Prof. Fernando Libutaque, Instr. Jimmy Luzuriaga, Prof. Reiner Jun Alminaza, Mr. Gonzaga , Instr. Loveson Gallos and Engr. Frenz Rian G. Gal