Balanga’s aspiring technopreneurs will now have brighter prospects as the Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) contemplates an agreement with the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology, and Research and Development (PCIEERD).
In an exclusive meeting on May 10, Dr. Hermogenes Paguia of the BPSU Research and Development Office discussed with PCIEERD’s Liezl Sueno the possibility of establishing technology business incubation (TBI) in the campus.
PCIEERD grants financial and technical support for universities with capacity to sustain a TBI.
For BPSU to be eligible for the grant, its Research and Development Office should submit a formal proposal to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), PCIEERD’s umbrella organization.
Sueno said that BPSU should take the challenge seriously since PCIEERD accepts only one beneficiary per region.
To date, 12 TBIs have been established in various regions across the country. The more stable TBIs are located in three University of the Philippines (UP) campuses, namely, Diliman, Cebu, and Los Baños.
Paguia responded positively to the challenge. Supported by Engr. Nelson Andres of the College of Engineering, Paguia agreed to submit a proposal by June.
DOST will subject BPSU’s proposal to a rigorous review. The university should prove that its proposed TBI has strong linkages with existing industries in the province.
What is a TBI?
A TBI is a center where fledgling but promising tech-businesses can be nourished.
Small groups of beginning businessmen can either rent or borrow a space in the TBI to serve as their workplace.
TBIs usually have laboratories to cater to the needs of technology-driven businesses.
PCIEERD clarified that it can only provide grants for sets of equipment like computers. It cannot provide grants for building or laboratory construction.
Hub of Knowledge-Based Businesses
Long before PCIEERD’s efforts reached Bataan, the City Government of Balanga has been backing young and aspiring technopreneurs.
The city has its own TBI located at the City Hall building. The former mayor and now 2nd District Rep. Jose Enrique S. Garcia, III led the construction of this TBI. He also gathered a group Information Technology students from BPSU to form Makerspace, Balanga’s own business incubation trainers.
With the prospect of establishing another TBI in BPSU, the city government expressed its willingness to be BPSU’s collaborator. The city government’s TBI can parallel the efforts of BPSU and can house entrepreneurs that BPSU cannot accommodate.
Creating a Brand for Balanga City
If successful, BPSU’s TBI will be a novelty as it will be the first one to collaborate with a local government unit.
BPSU’s Research and Development Office is still deciding on what area to focus on. However, Paguia said that their proposal for the TBI might focus on industry and manufacturing. | Arli Joshua Atienza