Former DOST undersecretary Fortunato Dela Peña (middle) inspects the Mung-bean sheller, one of the design solutions exhibited during the HIGH FIVE–Business Conference and Technology Exposition on March 3-5, 2016 at the CSU Andrews Campus Gymnasium. With him is DTI R02 OIC ARD Ruben B. Diciano (right) and DCP Designers Mr. Zherwin John Atienza and Mr. Lelbert Daine Miguel.

In close partnership with the Cagayan State University (CSU) and the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently conducted the HIGH FIVE–Business Conference and Technology Exposition on March 3-5, 2016 at the CSU Andrews Campus Gymnasium.

The HIGH FIVE project which stands for Harnessing Innovations for Greener Harvests through Farm Implements Viable Enterprises in Region 02 is aimed at developing a sustainable farm implements in region 2 manufacturing sector that will improve the efficiency and will increase production of farmers in the region.

The project aims to assist region 2 local fabricators of farm equipment and machineries in the aspects of product design and development, promotion and marketing.

About eight (8) locally fabricated farm and food processing machines were designed by the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Engineering students of the Cagayan State University which include mung-bean sheller, jab planter innovation, balers, grass chopper, peanut de-skinner, peanut roaster, peanut sheller, two-level peanut grinder, among others. These equipment and machineries were exhibited during the 3 day event.

In attendance during the activity were former DOST undersecretary Fortunato Dela Peña, OIC President of the Cagayan State University, Dr. Mariden Cauilan, DA r02 regional technical director for research and development Mr. Orlando Lorenzana., Industrial designers from the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), CSU students, as well as some representatives of the regional line agencies and LGUs.

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed by the DTI, CSU, and the local fabricators wherein the CSU will provide the design solutions and DTI-Region 02 will provide the materials for the prototyping.

 

The technology of the design solutions will be freely given to the region’s local fabricators for commercialization provided that the designers will be given royalty or share for every sale of machine made by the fabricators.