May 24, 2022 marks the significant event as the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI) turns over the Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC) facility to Iloilo Science and Technology University. This momentous event was graced by the presence of DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Pena, DOST-PTRI Director Celia Ilumba and DOST VI Director Rowen Gelonga.
Notably, RYPIC is the first micro-scale yarn spinning facility established outside the National Capital Region. Its main objective is to provide technical support to micro-small-medium scale enterprises who are involved in garments industry and share to them technical know-how on the development and production of natural textile-fiber based yarn. Also, it aims to boost tourism in the municipality of Miagao. This was conceptualized in 2016 as a fruit of collaboration between ISAT U and DOST.
In his speech, Dr. Muyong, ISAT U President expressed his appreciation to the action of DOST to formally entrust the facility to ISAT University. “DOST and ISAT U achieved so much success in this partnership and that is because we have a clear shared purpose, well-defined roles, and effectively structure the partnership,” he said.
Meanwhile, Secretary dela Pena emphasized the importance of science and technology to revive the native weaving industry for the economic development in the region.
Present also during the turnover ceremony are Dr. Ricmar Aquino, President of Isabela State University, Ms. Noreen Marian Bautista of Panublix, Hon. Macario Napulan, Mayor of the municipality of Miagao, Miagao Mayor-Elect Oscar Garin, Jr., DTI 6 Regional Director Rebecca Rascon, PCCI Iloilo Gov Jobert Penaflorida and RYPIC Brand Ambassador Vanessa Caro.
-Nino Legaspi I PICO, ISAT U Miagao Campus