A local small and medium-sized enterprise in Negros Occidental is now a licensee of the Technological University of the Philippines Visayas compact glass crusher technology.
A non-exclusive licensing agreement has been signed between the Tumandok Crafts Industries represented by Josephine Locsin, CEO of Tumandok Craft Industries and TUP Visayas, represented by Dr. Jesus Rodrigo Torres, President of the TUP System together with Dr. Eric Malo-oy, Campus Director and Engr. Gregorio Crisostomo, Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer Manager of TUP Visayas as witnesses during the ceremony held at the Natures Village Resort, Talisay City on October 23.
Locsin acknowledged the timeliness of this partnership with TUP Visayas in the development of the compact glass crusher to answer her problem in the disposal of glass wastes in her factory.
She sees the opportunity of helping LGUs in their material recovery facilities by deploying glass crusher machines to manage their glass waste materials.
Torres encouraged the faculty and student researchers of TUP Visayas to think of innovative ways on how to solve the proper disposal of solid wastes that could also mitigate global warming. He predicted that the world will be entirely different thirty years from now due to technological innovations.
The compact glass crusher technology aims to reduce the number of glass wastes specifically those that are not returned to bottling companies, broken glass sheets and broken bottles, and only filling up the landfills. This technology will play a significant role in the circular economy, a sustainable approach for better waste management, and create more green jobs in the community.
This is the first technology developed by a Negros-based higher education institution that is adopted by an industry partner through technology transfer. The enactment of the Technology Transfer Law (R.A. 10055) in 2009 gave the government the renewed impetus to encourage the commercialization of research outputs from HEI and universities funded by the government through technology transfer.
This does not only provide researchers the opportunity to explore entrepreneurial pursuits, but it also supports the social and economic development of the community by creating new job opportunities. Other paths towards commercialization of research outputs are through spin-off and startups. (PR)