The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) turned over facilities worth seven million to the University through a Memorandum of Agreement and Usufruct Agreement signed at the Research Hub on December 21, 2018. The facilities consist of machinery and equipment such as laser cutter, plasma cutter, wood router, embroidery machine, thermal former, large scale tarpaulin printer, and laptop. It is part of DTI’s Shared Services Facilities (SSFs) “Shared Services for Filipino Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs)” program, which are expected to spur the growth of micro, small, and medium scale enterprises through the university’s research and innovation.
DTI VI Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon said that the university was chosen as beneficiary due to its accessibility and the full support of the administration, its relevance to the vision and mission of ISAT U in going for industry support through researches and in promoting the MSMEs. She also believes that not only the students will benefit from the facility but also the micro, small and medium enterprises, who will further avail of the services of ISAT-U.
Dr. Raul F. Muyong, ISAT U President, expressed his gratitude for being chosen as the project’s beneficiary. “This will help in our instruction and research especially on innovation and technology. We are thankful that we were chosen by the DTI.” He added that “the facilities can assist our small and medium enterprises and assist in our innovation initiatives.”
The university president underscored the big advantage of the project to ISAT U. “It is very relevant since we offer engineering design. This will also help in promoting our research initiatives,” he said. Innovation and technology is part of the university’s vision and mission in helping the community. He believed that through the innovation initiatives it will help the MSMEs. “ I am sure this will help in improving lives of the people not only in the region but in the whole country,” he added.
The DTI provided the machinery and equipment for the Fabrication Laboratory at the Research Hub.
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