University of the Philippines Los Baños
Thursday, 23 February 2017 00:00

Devcom takes stock of TCOW project

After seven months of going around focus areas in the provinces of Quezon and Albay, the Technology Commercialization on Wheels (TCOW) mobile exhibit truck pulled to a stop on Feb. 9, 2017.

Not for good, but to evaluate its accomplishments and plan its future directions during a synthesis workshop at the Drilon Hall of SEAMEO-SEARCA, UPLB campus.

TCOW, a project of the College of Development Communication (CDC) and the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), literally used a four-wheeler mobile exhibit truck to bring Packages of Technologies (POTs) to areas that needed them most.

The project also aimed to accelerate information dissemination on the POTs for commercialization by establishing real-time connection between the technology users and the scientists/technology generators. TCOW provided this system for the two parties to interact regarding queries/concerns on the POTs.

Some of the POTs brought by TCOW to the two provinces are UPLB’s own such as the making of bee products from the UPLB Bee Program and banana peduncle from the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. The UPLB technologies were featured and promoted alongside crop and livestock technologies from DA-attached agencies, state universities and colleges, and cooperatives.

Dr. Ma. Theresa H. Velasco, project leader and dean of CDC, said in her message that TCOW has rolled out to 25 strategic areas sharing and demonstrating 33 matured technologies, and eventually reaching out to 905 farmers, fisherfolk, and other members of community-based organizations coming from 165 barangays.

Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., in his message delivered by Dr. Serlie Barroga-Jamias, vice chancellor for community affairs and a professor at CDC, expressed his belief that the implementation of TCOW project is a realization of a dream of both UPLB and the DA-BAR for genuine community development through technology adoption and commercialization.

He said that TCOW can bridge the gap between the laboratory and the field and that it can be an instrument for promoting inclusive development and agricultural growth in the participating communities. 

TCOW has linked 13 pilot municipalities with POTs scientists, microfinance institutions, marketing specialists, and other sectors that have helped them commercialize local technologies and products. These municipalities are Infanta, Lucban, Tiaong, Dolores, Mulanay, San Narciso, Calauag, and Tagkawayan in Quezon and Tiwi, Guinobatan, Manito, Malilipot, and Legazpi City in Albay.

TCOW aims to act as a catalyst for local development by developing partnerships with LGUs, NGOs, POs, and the private sector in technology utilization and commercialization and creating awareness on the different DA-BAR activities in support of the present administration’s key concerns.

These are on poverty reduction and empowerment of the poor, inclusive and sustained economic growth, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. In addition, TCOW aimed to generate data from the field that would enhance DA and DA-BAR’s technology development process.

Attending the workshop were provincial and municipal agriculturists, resource persons, and farmers from pilot areas.

Also present were Anthony B. Obligado, technology commercialization division head of DA-BAR, and Dr. Casiano S. Abrigo, Jr., executive director of UPLB Foundation, Inc., the fund manager-institution of TCOW project.  

(KEAraguas with reports from