Emerging Modality in Technology Transfer
Byline: Dr. Ruperto S. Sangalang President, Cavite State University
THE quest for new modalities to be used in serving the various clientele groups of institutions of higher learning in partnership with government and non-government organizations including private sectors resulted in an emerging modality for technology dissemination and transfer - is the Technology Promotion Center.
The Technology Promotion Center, more widely known as TPC, is a brainchild of the Development Assistance Department, Enterprise Development Division of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank). It is implemented throughout the country in collaboration with the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and lately with the Local Government Units (LGUs).
The collaboration was propelled by the common interest to pursue technology promotion because of the necessity to effectively disseminate at a wider scale and at a faster rate, technologies that are viable and ready-for-commercialization. Farmers and fisherfolk, who are primarily beneficiaries of the program are encouraged to adopt better farming technologies. The end view is to improve farm productivity, income stability and system sustainability.
TPC is a place where the needed technical information and services on validated technologies are available. It is viewed by LandBank as a strategy to expand its credit programs and enhance viability of financed projects especially those undertaken by small farmers and fisherfolk.
Generally, TPC is being operationalized to provide a venue for the validation and effective promotion of production and post-production technologies for the commercial adoption of cooperatives, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and other intended bank clients.
Specifically, it aims to: 1) showcase appropriate technologies for commercial adoption through the establishment of demonstration farms; 2) encourage technology adoption among farmers and entrepreneurs through effective promotion and training strategies; and 3) develop applicable technology and financing modules based on the TPC validated technologies to facilitate the provision of appropriate financial assistance.
The TPC, as a modality for technology and information dissemination, prepares information, education and communication (IEC) materials and conducts technology transfer activities such as training to effect technology dissemination and transfer among target clients. The project authors provide technical advisory services to potential technology adopters as part of the extension of the SUCs, like the Cavite State University.
TPC has three components, namely: 1) technology validation and showcasing; 2) technology promotion and transfer; and 3) development of technology and financing modules (Technology Promotion Center: Manual of Operation, Landbank)
At the Center, selected technologies are validated through actual production or manufacture on at least a minimum commercial scale. This is done through a demonstration farm or through other methods suitable for the purpose. The demonstration farm is established within the SUC compound, or outside its premises, in cooperation with individual farmer or fisherfolk.
To facilitate dissemination of technologies that were proven ready for commercialization and approved for promotion under the TPC, the following activities are implemented: 1) conduct of field day; 2) design and conduct of technology training; 3) conduct of study tour (lakbay-aral)/exposure trips/field visits; 4) preparation of Technology Guides; 5) on-farm provision of technical advisory services on selected cases; and 6) documentation of success stories by technology adopters.
The technology and financing modules are prepared to serve as guide to LandBank Lending Centers in the processing of loan applications by interested technology adopters.
To sustain the operation of the TPC and to effect coordinated implementation of monitoring of the projects, various committees are formed and composed of representatives from LANDBANK, the State University or College, and the Provincial Government. …