by: Edgilyn R. Alcasid
Recognizing the ingenuity and innovativeness of Filipino inventors, the Department of Science and Technology-National Capital Region (DOST-NCR) and the Filipino Inventors Society Producer Cooperative (FISPC) signed a Memorandum of Agreement on May 14, 2017, coinciding with the launching of the DOST-FISPC OneSTore Hub at the Delta Building in Quezon City.
The signing formalized the partnership between the two organizations as they sought to make inventions and innovative products made by local inventors more accessible to the public. Through the tie-up, clients nationwide and even overseas can easily shop for products made by Filipino inventor-entrepreneurs using onestore.ph or visiting the physical hub in Quezon City.
Present in the MOA signing were DOST Secretary, Prof. Fortunato dela Pena; DOST-NCR Regional Director, Mr. Jose B. Patalinjug III; DOST-II Regional Director, Engr. Sancho Mabborang; FISPC President, Mr. Francisco “Popoy” Pagayon; FISPC Chairman, Mr. Mike Hortaleza, and other DOST and FISPC officials.
Sec. dela Pena, a strong believer in the innovative spirit of Filipinos, said that the initiative is only part of DOST’s continuing quest to provide support to more innovators and inventors nationwide. He also personally tried the OneSTore kiosk and selected items to his liking.
For his part, RD Patalinjug emphasized DOST-NCR’s pleasure in partnering with FISPC as the agency upholds its own support to inventor-entrepreneurs dubbed as “inventrepreneurs”. He likewise expressed his admiration for Filipino inventors and assured FISPC that DOST-NCR will continue to work with them as they bring the inventrepreneurs’ products to greater heights through OneSTore.
“We will also be providing FISPC with a package of assistance through DOST-NCR’s programs and services,” RD Patalinjug added.
Speaking on behalf of FISPC, Mr. Pagayon expressed his gratitude to DOST and stated that he is looking forward to a fruitful and long-term partnership between the organizations. He added that FISPC is also eager to avail of the additional support offered by DOST-NCR as this can greatly benefit inventrepreneurs in improving their products and expanding their markets.
DOST recognizes that one of the biggest problems among MSMEs and local inventors is access to commercial market. The Department thus extended its marketing assistance for its SETUP beneficiaries and other stakeholders through e-commerce. This gave birth to OneSTore as DOST’s response to provide further assistance to MSMEs in terms of utilizing online platforms to reach more markets.
In Metro Manila, DOST-NCR is the lead agency managing the implementation of the OneSTore project. To date, there are two OneSTore Hubs overseen by DOST-NCR—the Onestore hub- Lyf Wellness Center in Quezon City owned by Dr. Carl Balita, and the newly opened hub in Delta Building operated by FISPC.