With the current turn of events of moving from physical to online workshop due to Covid-19 health concerns, the ERDB through the Technology Transfer Division (TTD) organized a 2-day workshop from April 26-27, 2021 via Zoom application to identify the strategies and direction of Technology Transfer and Extension to be pursued within the next six years (2023- 2028).
Sixty (60) participants from the Technology Transfer Division (TTD) and six (6) Research, Development and Extension Centers (RDECs) of ERDB attended the activity.
Mr. Juan B. Ebora, TTD Chief explained the objectives of the workshop. He started with an introduction on how ERDB started from its creation through Executive Order 192 until it was clustered into RDECs.
He also identified the outline of the TTE Framework and its process of development. Lastly, he explained the different flowcharts from the preparation and review of proposals up to the characterization, assessment, packaging and dissemination of information of the different technologies generated by the researchers.
On the other hand, Ms. Liberty E. Asis, Section Chief of the (TPMEES) presented the technologies assessed and promoted by ERDB from 2014-2019.
She also presented the clients served by ERDB, extension strategies used by ERDB and the composition of the staff of the different divisions when it comes to technology transfer and extension.
Lastly, she discussed the lessons learned from implementing the projects. Then, the presentation of TTD project leaders followed.
The Zoom workshop participants were divided into six (6) breakout sessions to further discuss the recommendations on the identified gaps. Then, the presentation of workshop group outputs was conducted followed by an open forum.
As a final output, Mr. Juan B. Ebora presented the way forward of the TTD in the next six years.
These include the TTE concerns such as: introduction of new/innovative technology transfer strategies, repackaging of publications, strengthening of technology extension and adoption strategies R & D component and continuous development /improvement of demonstration areas.
Other management concerns were on the allocation of funds for TTD to turn projects into regular activities, need for more skilled personnel for TTD main office and research centers, need for additional units focusing on specific tasks e. g. production of knowledge products and upgrading of equipment and software and continuous funding for sustainability. Marla V. Cambay, TTD