ILARRDEC Working Group conducts Continuing Program on Technology Management in Taiwan

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Seventeen delegates composed of ILARRDEC Regional R & D Coordinating Council Members (RRDCC), working groups and ILARRDEC secretariat and coordinators visited Taiwan for a study program to enhance country’s mechanism for technology management.

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The Continuing Education Program on Technology Management for ILARRDEC Working Group was participated by Dr. Miriam E. Pascua, President-Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) and Regional R &D Coordinating Council (RRDC) Chair ILARRDEC; Dr. Gilbert R. Arce, President-University of Northern Philippines; Dr. Rafael B. Querubin, President- Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College (ISPSC); FOR. Samuel R. Peñafiel, Regional Director-Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region I; Mr. Leonardo T. Pascua, Interim Consortium Director- ILARRDEC MMSU, Crops Research Laboratory; Dr. Valentino C. Perdido, Regional Executive Director- Department of Agriculture, Regional Field Office; Dr. Rudy P. Bareng, Vice President for Research and Development- Northwestern University; Dr. Patricia M. Barcelo, Vice President for Research-DMMMSU; Dr. Honorio L. Cascolan, VP for Research and External Linkages-Pangasinan State University; Grace Marjorie R. Recta, Chief Center of the Philippine Carabao Center; Dr. Cesar C. Della, Director for Research-PSU; Raquel T. Atawe, Chief, Economic Development Specialist-NEDA; Dr. Armando Q. Ganal, Regional Assistant Director-DOST Region I; Atty. Vicente D. Lasam, Deputy Administrator for Operations-NTA; Mary Anne Rarogal, Science Research Assistant-ILARRDEC; Cheryll Dela Cruz, Science Aide; and Richard Guinsatao, Research Assistant-ILARRDEC.

The study program provided the participants an understanding of the basic concepts and principles of technology management; and ideas how this is implemented in Taiwan. The participants were given the opportunity to relate these concepts of other Asian countries like Taiwan in the context of both government and private sectors.

They also identified success factors for technology management and the strategic roles that consortium can play; abreast with innovative tools and strategies in technology management. The program also gave the participants an opportunity to formulate action plan for strengthening the consortium’s/country’s technology management. These was done through field visits and meetings in different institutions in Taiwan.

Chung Yuan Christian University

The group first visited the Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU) with the university president Dr. Samuel K.C. Chang together with the institution’s administrator. The group was impressed with the university’s adhering core values and educational philosophy for 58 years founded by love, faith and hope with simplicity and sincerity.

One of the topics discussed in the visit is the Chang Yung Innovation and Incubation Center (CYIC). This was established to develop creativity of the students. The CYIC is both an extension area (for technologies developed through research in the university) and at the same time a marketing-networking arm that caters and responds to the changing needs of the industry locally and globally considering the environment’s observation and preservation.

Learning took place for the ILARRDEC and member agencies is to accommodate tremendous opportunity to give a holistic view of the agency’s operation. They also stressed the Philippine Carabao Center. The agency should not single-out Carabao but the livestock industry development as well.

The Shu’s Pottery

In the second day of study program, the group visited as second destination the Shu’s Pottery Chung Li in Chung Li City.

The Shu’s Pottery is engaged in ceramic production to display of cultural and historical relics adopting modern facilities making their product competitive in local and global market. The pottery is using innovative technologies to enhance and improve ceramic products making it deliberate and perfect to the clients.

This Taiwan’s leading pottery industry makes sure that laborers can quickly respond to the needs of the private-public agencies and focused not only on the domestic market but confident enough to compete in the international market.

The group observed that the pottery is a good example of fusion of culture, art, and business. This is evident in the transformation of pottery industry in Taiwan as small scale industry into what is now through the collaboration of the industry players and the government, and later the NGO’s. The participation of these groups helps in the survival of the pottery industry as they introduced innovations in the design and functionality of the pottery products make them competitive.

The infusion of Taiwanese culture in their designs attracts various tourists. The pottery giving value that the tourism industry in giving to the business. As evident, tourists and visitors are a given hands-on experiences in the process of pottery making to give them valuable moments in the visit.

 

Food and Fertilizer Technology Center

Group’s third next destination is the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC) in Taipei with the center’s director Dr. Yu-Tsai Huang.

The FFTC is a regional information center that collects and disseminates research results generated by agricultural centers in the Asia Pacific (ASPAC) region. It aims to provide small-scale farmers with knowledge and information about matured technologies and information generated by scientists.

The group observed that FFTC as an international agriculturist information and technology center for Asian and Pacific regions is very efficient in managing its publications database as well as capacity building activities and other technology transfer projects.

The group also underscored the question to how Philippines can be progressive as Taiwan Mr. Ronald Mangubat answered that Filipino needs values transformation and value formation. But surprisingly, the pioneering agriculture practitioners in Taiwan were under the tutelage of Filipino scientists.

 

Corporate Synergy Development Corporation

The last destination that the group has visited is the Corporate Synergy Development Corporation in Taipei with their President Dr. Chin Ho Su.

Highlight of discussion in CSDC is the establishment of the One Town One Product in Taiwan. Dr. Su shared to the group that teamwork is indispensable in OTOP to be sustained, must develop good relationships to create a product with enhanced quality and image.

Teamwork among partners is built three years counseling of the Synergy Company. The counseling strategy covers the acceptance of responsibilities, product selection, and product development. This is followed by the strategy on Integrated Marketing using “Push Out”and “Pull In” marketing method-an intensive marketing strategy for developed products and services through websites, newsletters, ads/media/publications/trade shows/ festivals, and overseas tradeshows.

Collaboration is again underscored by Synergy Corporation, particularly in shepherding the OTOP products up to its  mature stage, which is done on a long-term basis.  Hence OTOP’s success in Taiwan is anchored on a long-term collaboration and teamwork where the sense of ownership by the partners is built.

After the five-day study program, the participants then are expected to bring out the lessons from Taiwan that are relevant in consortium member agencies’ development and improvement.