The Technology Resource Center of the Department of Science and Technology will soon give a wider range of support to countryside entrepreneurs with the establishment of its Community Technology Business Incubation program this year. TRC Director Dennis Cunanan said that the program, an offshoot of DOST’s Open Technology Business Incubation (Open TBI), will be implemented in partnership with the DOST regional offices.

A technology business incubator, or TBI, is a program that helps entrepreneurial companies and start-up businesses to take off and develop through the TBI’s array of business support resources and services. Some of TBI services include business space for rent, marketing assistance,   accounting/financial management assistance, links to partners, help with regulatory compliance, and others.

Department of Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo sent a quick response team yesterday to Negros Oriental to assess the damage in earthquake-affected areas. The team, headed by DOST-Phivolcs Chief Mariton Bornas and Senior Science Specialist Mabel Abigania, is composed of geologists, seismologists and information staff from the DOST- Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-Phivolcs). They arrived in Dumaguete City yesterday afternoon and will proceed to the Tayasan and Libertad areas in Negros Oriental  to immediately conduct post-earthquake assessment.