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Vol. XXVI, 3rd Quarter
July –September 2008
Ilocos consortium gets top prize
DOST Region 1 Director Elsa R. Chan, who is also ICIERD co-chairperson (4th from right) and ICIERD Director Paulina P. Nebrida (3rd from left) led ICIERD representatives in receiving the prize from DOST Undersecretary Graciano P. Yumul Jr. (4th from left) and Dr. Florentino O. Tesoro, chairman of the board of judges (2nd from left).

Ilocos consortium gets top R&D prize

San Fernando City, La Union--The Ilocos Consortium for Industry and Energy Research and Development bagged the 2007 Outstanding Industry and Energy R&D Consortium Award during a competition held in celebration of the 26th anniversary of the Philippine Council for Industry and Energy Research and Development March 14 at Dusit Hotel in Makati City.  The prize included P250,000, a trophy, research grant valued at P100,000 and one PCIERD graduate scholarship slot.

ICIERD bested nine other regional industry and energy R&D consortia based on 2006-2007 accomplishments on research management, technology transfer, capability building, resource generation and utilization, and overall operations.

Forage chopperThe Eastern Visayas Consortium for Industry and Energy Research and Development (EVCIERD) came out first runner-up while the Southern Tagalog Consortium for Industry and Energy Research and Development (STCIERD) was selected 2nd runner up.

Bagoong SqueezerICIERD developed and promoted technologies that can improve the productivity of local enterprises such as bagoong squeezer, which facilitates removal of spines in producing and bottling boneless bagoong; dual powered forage chopper that works best on leaves and other soft materials used in organic farming; lightweight tiger grass seed remover for the soft broom industry that easily removes dusty seeds of tiger grass; honey extractor capable of more hygienic extraction of honey from the hive; ube dryer for ube powder production;  portable fish smoking machine, a hygienic and efficient fish smoking machine suitable for micro fish processors.

Meanwhile, researches are underway to standardize and improve the taste and acceptability of fish buro and extend the shelf life of Batac empanada.  Results of these researches can significantly influence the marketing strategies for the products. A vacuum-packed Batac empanada for example will retain freshness even after three days. Efficient fruit drying technologies are in development stages.

ICIERD is composed of nine state and private universities and colleges, 11 government planning and line agencies, four private institutions, and one local government unit from Region 1.

Dr. Lauro B. Tacbas, president of University of Northern Philippines is chairperson of ICIERD, which is based in Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University-MLUC in the City of San Fernando [telefax (072)242-48-78].