Science and technology (S&T)-based products produced by member-agencies of the Visayas Consortium for Agriculture and Resources Program (ViCARP) are now more prominently displayed with the launching of the TechnoMart and Pasalubong Counter (TMPC) at the Visayas State University (VSU) in Baybay, Leyte.
Formally launched on March 7, 2011 through the efforts of ViCARP and the Regional Research Development and Extension Network, TMPC now serves the dual purpose of being a marketing center and Regional One-Stop-Information Shop (OSIS).
Dr. Edwin C. Villar, director of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD)-Livestock Research Division, Baybay Mayor Carmen L. Cari, and VICARP and VSU staff members, were among those present during the occasion.
Rootcrops, jackfruits, abaca, and coconut, among other products, are displayed in the TMPC. Each of these products is provided with information education and communication materials.
The establishment was dedicated to PCARRD Executive Director Patricio S. Faylon for his commitment on the promotion and commercialization of S&T products through various programs. Most notable of these programs are the Techno Gabay Program and TechnoMart. (See related story in From the Regions)
The TechnoMart Program realizes its advocacy on the marketing of S&T-based products through the investment portfolio from each of the participating member-agencies.
The site where the TMPC is located will likewise serve as the Technology Business Incubator of VSU and the consortium. Two more buildings will soon be erected in the TMPC site. (Danellie Joy O. Medina, S&T Media)