The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) is the partner university of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Region 10 for the establishment of the Metals and Engineering Innovation Center (MEIC). It is the only MEIC in Mindanao. Others were established in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Region 1, 2 and 3.
USTP System President Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II during the virtual signing of the MOA
The USTP MEIC had a soft launching and virtual Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing last December 22, 2020 with Secretary Fortunato dela Peña representing DOST and University System President Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II for USTP.
Dr. Cultura said that USTP shares the same vision with DOST in the development of science and technology and its significance to the socio-economic growth in the region.
Screen grab of DOST presentation of MEICs
The MEIC is a facility that will enable the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) to design and fabricate machinery and equipment, supporting the requirements of agricultural and industrial companies in the regions. Faculty and students can also use this facility including Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Partner universities like USTP were nominated by the DOST office in the region. USTP has fulfilled the necessary requirements to have an MEIC. This includes a strong curriculum in engineering and metal working technology, has conducted various research activities and has an existing facility or plans to set up a facility for metals and engineering for research and development.
DOST officials and participants from other agencies during the soft launching of the MEIC
The MEIC at USTP will help build agro industrial machine prototypes. Other MEICs like the Ifugao State University (ISU) is also aimed on agri machinery, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial University (DMMMU) will be on metal working fabrication, the Cagayan State University (CSU) will be on machine prototyping focusing on food processing equipment while the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST) will establish a metal casting facility. They were intended to be different from each other so that they can collaborate and create new products.
Engr. Bronson G. Mabulay shows the members of the media the FabLab facility which will house the USTP MEIC
Engr. Bronson G. Mabulay, MEIC-USTP Focal Person, mentioned that the said facility will be open to everybody but research and development projects will be its main core. Partner industries or SMEs can seek advice or discuss with experts from the university who can design an equipment or machinery that can help them in their productivity. The MEIC can also help seek funding from DOST partners on notable projects.
“This is really established to have social impact and economic benefits in the region” Engr. Mabulay said.
The MEIC will be equipped with tools from the DOST – Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) worth 7 million pesos with an additional funding of 2 million pesos from DOST-10.
Click here for the internet radio guesting of Engr. Bronson G. Mabulay, MEIC_USTP Focal Person at 93.5 Home Radio.
PJ V. dela Peña, USTP System Strategic Communication Office