𝐂𝐇𝐄𝐃 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦’𝐫 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐩𝐢 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐂-𝐓𝐁𝐈 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲
Dr. Marita R. Canapi, the Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Chair of the Isabela State University (ISU) Board of Regents, visited the DOST ISU Smart City Technology Business Incubator (DISC-TBI) facility, accompanied by Dr. Ricmar Aquino, ISU President, DISC-TBI Team, and other ISU Cauayan officials, November 7.This visit was part of her regional tour to State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).Dr. Arnel Fajardo, the DISC-TBI Manager, provided an overview of DISC-TBI, highlighting its core elements, including the flagship program, incubation initiatives, and the list of incubatees and mentors. He also shed light on the recent iDeaTech Challenge 2023, the first regional event of the TBI, trainings, and workshops offered to its incubatees.Dr. Canapi commended the DISC-TBI team for their pioneering work in establishing the first smart city Technology Business Incubator in Region 2. She also praised the active involvement of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the Smart City TBI Programs, particularly the iDeaTech Challenge 2023, which attracted student researchers from various universities in the region. Meanwhile, Dr. Aquino underscored the TBI’s primary role in commercializing technologies developed by incubatees, especially those involving students and faculty.This visit provided an opportunity for the CHED Commissioner and her team to acknowledge the innovative achievements of DISC-TBI, emphasizing collaborative efforts among academic institutions, partner agencies, and industries to advance technology and innovations in the region.