To bring scientific information and technologies for agricultural development closer to the people, the Philippine-Rural Development Administration (South Korea) Alumni Association held its Sixth General Assembly and Convention last month at the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology’s Innovation and Technology Center in Los Baños, Laguna.
Dr. Reynaldo Ebora, acting executive director of the council, said the association is composed of 220 fellows and trainees from the council’s National Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development Network and other government and private organizations who have gone to RDA for capability building and global technology and information search.
Highlighting the outcomes or impacts of technology transfer initiatives and how they have transformed communities, the association adopted the theme “Technology Transmission to Community Transformation” for the convention.
Ebora acknowledged the consistent support of the Rural Development Administration of South Korea for the network through the association, especially on technology transfer projects and capability building activities.
Ebora said the council promotes science and technology services in the regions, partcularly those provided by its center in relation to research and development results utilization.
Once fully operational, the center, the council’s newest world-class facility will be equipped with state of the art computing and communications equipment, an exhibition hub, training and convention facilities and office spaces.
The center is the first one-stop-information-service-shop and convergence hub for technology generators and users in the agriculture and aquatic sectors in the Philippines.
Ebora encouraged RDA alumni to assist in the crafting of technology commercialization programs for the benefit of the different communities in the country as a precursor for development.