Capiz State U bags best facilitator in ‘SINAG Award’

The Capiz State University-Intellectual Property Management Office (CAPSU-IPMO) was awarded as
the best facilitator/enabler at the Science and Technology Innovations in Agri-Aqua (SINAG) Award
2023 in Los Baños, Laguna.
CAPSU Vice President for Research, Development, and Extension Dr. Efren L. Linan personally
received the plaque of recognition, a cash prize of P200,000.00, and a P1 million grant for the
proposal-based project of the University during the 51st Council Founding Anniversary of the
Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural
Sciences Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD).
The award was given by DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Leah Bendia, DOST-
PCAARRD Executive Director Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora and DOST-PCAARRD Deputy Executive Director Dr.
Melvin Carlos.
The “SINAG Award” aims to honor the work of people or institutions who have contributed
significantly to the effective commercialization and adoption of a single technology or set of related
One of the three recently established SINAG awards, the Facilitator/Enabler award honors
contributions made based on merits about the advancement of technology from the stage of research
to commercialization.
CAPSU information officer Christian George Acevedo said that the university has a Center for
Advancing Partnership, Stimulating Upscale and Learning Enterprises (Capsule) Agri-Aqua Technology
Business Incubator where they conduct mentorship and training programs for selected Agri-Aqua
industry’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Capiz since 2018.
Acevedo also added that the CAPSULE program was funded by the DOST and it was that program that
merited the win of the CAPSU-IPMO on the best facilitator/enabler award during the SINAG 2023.
Agri-Agua Technology Business Incubator head Professor French Dampog said that the cash prize and
P1 million grant will be used for the creation of the Idea to Industry (I2I) through Empowering Young
Leaders towards Innovative Technology Enterprise (EyLITE) Challenge project.
The I2I thru EyLITE Challenge project is a strategic initiative of CAPSU that aims at translating
research-based technologies of the university into viable commercial products and services.
“The project endeavors to bridge the gap between innovation and market application by leveraging
the university’s intellectual property and research expertise,” Dampog stated.
He further noted that the project will provide training for young technology generators of the
university and funding support for their initial capital.
Dampog said the CAPSU commercialization project is a prime example of the university’s dedication
to promoting economic growth through technology and research.
“By strategically navigating the path from innovation to market, the university aims to contribute
significantly to academia and industry,” he added.