Academe, Industries forge partnerships
By Stephanie Jean S. Dacosta
Cagayan de Oro City. — Local, national and international industries assembled at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) Performing Arts Theater on March 27, 2017 to attend the Academe-Industry-Government Forum.
International agencies such as K & H Mfg. Co., Ltd. from Korea, Suryasource Energy Inc. from India, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) were among those who committed to work hand in hand with USTP.
The following industries were also present to forge a partnership with USTP:
- Cabalantian United Farmers Producers Cooperative (CUFPC)
- Cagayan Electric Power Light Company Inc. (CEPALCO)
- Camiguin Integrated Water Service Cooperative (CIWASCO)
- Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT)
- FDC Misamis Power Corp.
- Institute of Computer Engineers of the Philippines Region X (IcpEP)
- Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines Inc, – Northern Mindanao Chapter (IECEP – NM)
- Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. – CDO Chapter (IIEE – CDO)
- Misamis Oriental Rural Electric Service Cooperative, Inc. (MORESCO – 1)
- Philippine Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Inc. (PHILRECA)
- Specialized Outsource Partners Inc.
- Syntactics Inc.
The following national organizations also signed an MOU with USTP:
- Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers
- Phil-Nippon Technical College
- Power Dimension Inc.
- PROSULTS Consulting
- Teach for the Philippines.
All eyes and ears were on University President Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras when he shared some thoughts on the framework of USTP. He said that one of the focal points of the amalgamation of MUST and MOSCAT is to put flesh to the academe-industry partnership. The forum is to inform USTP partners that there are many areas where the academe and industry can work together. This is one of the salient features of the USTP charter that Dr. Rotoras shared.
Dr. Ruth G. Cabahug, USTP Cagayan de Oro Chancellor, also shared the experience of the University in its partnership with different industries. She stated that collaboration is the way for the success of the academe and that engaging USTP to a partner agency will resolve to a better research collaboration. The Chancellor said that the University needs to help government agencies through its responsive educational programs to pave the way into the world of unlimited opportunities.
Other highlights of the forum were testimonies from representatives of partner agencies who has been partnering with the institution since its MUST days, namely Mr. Jaime Raphael Paguio of CEPALCO; Mr. Alfredo dela Rosa Jr. of CIWASCO; Ms. Mae Linaac of Del Monte Phil.; Ms. Aileen San Juan of the Trade and Investment Promotions of Cagayan de Oro City; Ms. Maria Concepcion Alcantara of the Office of Building Officials (OBO); and Mr. Akhmad Mamalinta of the National Center for Electric Consumers.
One of the speakers was Mrs. Mercedes P. Mejia of the Food Processors Association of Northern Mindanao (FOPANORMIN). Mrs. Mejia, a businesswoman and the owner of SLERS, shared how grateful she was on the creation of the Food Innovation Center (FIC) of the University. She stated that FIC helped a lot not only in developing their products but also developing people through the years. She capped her message with an inspiring quote: “Growth will sink to those who choose to be mentored.”
Mr. Mersharif Tillah of the USAID also shared some thoughts on the academe – industry linkage emphasizing on the University and the industries’ crucial role in spurring inclusive growth in the country. He also talked about USTP’s Professional Science Masters (PSM) Program and its Career Center which does not only guide graduates but also interfaces with industries. He further said that these two endeavors are small steps that will further enhance the linkage of USTP to the Cagayan de Oro community, specifically the industry.