ISAT U showcases research products at CHEd expo

CHEd Chair J. Prospero E. De Vera III and Dr. Raul F. Muyong (back on camera) present the yarn generated at the RYPIC to Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon  M. Lopez (left) and Embassy of Canada Ambassador-Designate HE Peter MacArthur.

The Iloilo Science and Technology University showcased its latest products of research and innovations in the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) 2020 State Universities and Colleges (SUC) Expo at the Activity Center, Ayala Malls, Trinoma on March 9-11, 2020.

The research fair dubbed, The Art of SUCCESS, gathered SUCs from 14 regions and exhibited distinct products showing their involvement to the development of science and technology that could provide impact on the socio-economic sector in their locality.

Attuned to the theme, “Passion, Innovate, and Connection,” ISAT U presented its produce from research and innovation. The university booth offered the yarn and fabrics generated by the newly-launched Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC), bangus hopia and cookies, banana butterscotch and chips a peel (cookies made from banana peel flour), stuffs from the Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab) and the tea products from the ISAT U-created dehydrator machine.

The yarn from the RYPIC is the product of research and innovation that aims to revive the native weaving industry. In collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI) the project will also provide technical support to micro-small-medium scale enterprises (MSMEs) in textile and allied products through the development and production of natural textile-fiber based yarn. The RYPIC is the first regional yarn innovation center in the country.

Bangus hopia and cookies, and banana butterscotch  made of banana peel flour developed and processed through research.

The output of the FabLab, on the other hand, jumpstarts the expectation that the facility will spur the growth of micro, small, and medium scale enterprises through the university’s research and innovation. The equipment and facilities of the FabLab granted by the Department of Trade and Industry at ISAT U is the only fabrication facility in the region.

Engr. Santos James Emmanuel Malunda (CEA Faculty), Jed Pormon (robot operator) and Ms. Zaira Subong (ESD staff) at the ISAT U booth.

Meanwhile, the materials for herbal tea  are results of development in research and technology. In October last year,  the Dehydrator Machine for Herbal Tea Products was launched. The dehydrator is the latest of the two ISAT U research projects for food processing.

In 2018, a Multi-powered Drying System for Food Production was launched and has been creating impact to the livelihood of the seaweeds farmers. It was also presented by the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) to the Senate to support the SUCs budget for research.