BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte, Aug. 27 — A Science and Technology Park will soon open at the sprawling compound of the Mariano Marcos State University main campus in Batac City as a show window of latest innovations and technologies to uplift the living conditions of the people of Ilocos Norte and its neighboring provinces in northern Philippines.
Funded by the Department of Science and Technology and the Commission on Higher Education under the national governments Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) worth P17 million, the S&T park is being constructed along the Paoay road to cater to a growing demand for various technologies, the university is ready to share with its stakeholders, mostly composed of Ilocano farmers and small and medium entrepreneurs.
The park composed of two main buildings and a wide refreshing landscape will serve as a venue for demonstrations and exhibits to transfer basic and applied technologies developed by the university to those who may want to engage in food processing as a business venture.
At the same time, this will also serve as a training venue to teach entrepreneurs the skills in producing community-based and high value meat products.
Launched on October 24, 2013, the phase 1 of the project is expected to be completed within the end of this year, Dr. Miriam Pascua, president of MMSU, said.
Recognized as the leading research institution of the north, MMSU continues to develop relevant technologies for inclusive growth. Among its notable research projects include the automated hot water treatment designed to enhance post-harvest handling of mangoes, harnessing geographic information system and remote sensing technology for improved governance and agricultural productivity and enhancing climate resiliency through crop diversification.
Over the past 36 years since the establishment of MMSU by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 1279 on January 6, 1978, this premier university has attained numerous achievements as head of the following centers: Higher Education Regional Research Center, Center for Innovative Materials in Emerging Applications, Center for Climate Resilient Agriculture, Tuklas Lunas Development Center for Luzon, and Alternative Renewable Energy Center.(PNA)