Today, the Department of Science and Technology Office Region 1 (DOST1), through the Provincial Science and Technology Office โ€“ Ilocos Sur (PSTO-IS) conducted the โ€œInnovEAT (Innovative Enterprise to Adopt Technologies) of DOST-FIC: A Technology Forum for Ilocos Sur MSMEs on FIC-developed Technologiesโ€ via Zoom.

โ€œInilunsad po natin ang technology forum na ito for our Micro-Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), and to our assisted communities for the possible adoption of the FIC-developed technologies. Ang gusto po natin ay mapalawak ang impormasyon patungkol sa mga na-develop na produkto o mga teknolohiya ng Food Innovation Center. Ang layunin po natin ay matulungan kayo at ma- accelerate ang adoption ng mga teknolohiyang ito,โ€ said Engr. Jordan L. Abad, PSTO-IS Director, in his welcome message.

A total of twenty-one (21) technologies were presented during the forum including Indian Mango Products such as Jam, Chutney, Pastillas, Juice, Vinegar, Fruit Roll, Osmo-dehydrated Indian Mango, and Vacuum fried Indian Mango; Calamansi Products such as Calamansi Juice and Ice cream; Mushroom products such as Vacuum Fried Oyster Mushroom, Mushroom Deli-Pinoy Adobo and Honey BBQ; Ready-To-Eat Products such as Tomato Salsa with Herbs,

Binagoongang Bangus, Vacuum Packed Classic Calamay and Ube Calamay, Longganisa in Retort Pouch; Spray Dried Products such as Fermented Fish (Bagoong) Powder; and the Squash Products such as Squash Pesto Sauce and Squash Noodles.

โ€œWe really want at the Food Innovation Center to promote these technologies para po mapakinabangan ng ating mga kababayan,โ€ said Ms. Meryl A. Bernardino, MS Graduate Fellow, who served as the Resource Person of the Forum.

The technology adoption process was also discussed and the classification of presented technologies whether for commercialization or for extension were also presented.

Forty (40) participants attended the forum from the academe, the DOST System, and the industry (MSMEs).