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UP Diliman-developed and DOST-funded technology bags top prize in the 2017 AMY IP Awards

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Public Access to Thesis and Dissertations

Memorandum No. FRN 15-038

Permission Marking on Title Page

All theses and dissertations will be classified as only one of the following:

  1. I: has patentable or registrable invention or creation
  2. P: author wishes to publish the work personally
  3. C: confidential information of a third-party is embedded
  4. F: a regular work, i.e., it has no patentable invention or creation, the author does not wish for personal publication, there is no confidential information.

The Title Page of a thesis or dissertation will include the above classification. Please refer to this example.

Policy on Public Access

  1. All theses and dissertations classified as I, P, or C are automatically closed to the general public for one (1) year. Access to theses and dissertations classified as such shall be withheld from the general public by the respective college/unit library. The restricted thesis or dissertation shall be removed from the common areas.
  2. Before the lapse of the one-year period, the author or the adviser may request extension of his/her right to withhold public access to the thesis/dissertation for a period of one (1) year, renewable every year, upon request. It shall be the responsibility of the author or the adviser to submit such requests to the College/Unit where the thesis/dissertation was submitted as a requirement.
  3. Immediately after the lapse of the one-year period in Section 1 above, or the one-year extension in Section 2 above, the Libraries may then allow public access to the theses and dissertations by making the theses and dissertations available in their viewing areas, and the University may then exercise its right under the royalty-free, non-exclusive license granted pursuant to the Revised 2011 IPR Policy of UP to publish theses and dissertations.
  4. For cases classified as “C”, the third-party will be asked to redact parts of the thesis/dissertation relating to their confidential information. Once the information has been redacted, the thesis/dissertation can be removed from observing the one year restriction on public access. It is the responsibility of the author and/or thesis adviser to ensure redaction of third-party confidential information.
  5. All other theses and dissertations (F) are accessible to the public, subject to the University Library’s Policy on Access and Duplication.

Policy on access during restricted period

A restricted thesis/dissertation may still be accessed provided that the following conditions are met:

  1. If the requesting party is a student, staff, researcher, or faculty of the University, a signed Conforme shall be submitted to the Library or College/Unit where access to the thesis/dissertation is being requested.
  2. If the requesting party is not any of the abovementioned persons, i.e. not connected to the University, the following documents shall be submitted to the Library or the College/Unit where access to the thesis/dissertation is being requested:
    • A Non-Disclosure Undertaking signed and notarized by the requesting party, provided that one of the witnesses shall be from the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Unit (IPTTU) of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD); and
    • A written permission from the author or the adviser. If neither can be contacted or reached, a written permission from the IPTTU of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD).

The Library or College/Unit where access is being requested shall receive the required documents and transmit a copy to the IPTTU of OVCRD.

Guidelines on Restricted Theses and Dissertations

The college/unit library shall create a compilation of all theses and dissertations abstracts classified as “I”. The college/unit library shall submit the compilation to the IPTTU of the OVCRD every end of semester.

University Permission Page

The University Permission Page, immediately following the Title page, shall contain the following statement:

“I hereby grant the University of the Philippines a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to reproduce, publish and publicly distribute copies of this thesis or dissertation in whatever form subject to the provisions of applicable laws, the provisions of the UP IPR policy and any contractual obligations, as well as more specific permission marking on the Title Page.”

“Specifically I grant the following rights to the University:

  1. To upload a copy of the work in the theses database of the college/school/institute/department and in any other databases available on the public internet
  2. To publish the work in the college/school/institute/department journal, both in print and electronic or digital format and online; and
  3. To give open access to above-mentioned work, thus allowing “fair use” of the work in accordance with the provision of the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines (Republic Act No. 8293), especially for teaching, scholarly and research purposes.”

 

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UP Diliman student research bags 3rd in the 2015 AMY Intellectual Property Awards

By Agnes May B. Bantigue

An innovative technique for detecting ionic contamination in printed circuit boards placed third in this year’s Alfredo M. Yao (AMY) Intellectual Property (IP) Awards. The new process was invented by Engr. Helen S. Villanueva, Dr. Prospero C. Naval Jr., and Dr. Manolo G. Mena of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman.

Left: Dr. Prospero C. Naval Jr. (adviser) and Engr. Helen S. Villanueva during the awarding ceremony last 27 October 2015 at the Marriott Hotel Manila. Right: Dr. Manolo G. Mena, co-adviser of Dr. Naval for Engr. Villanueva's MS thesis.

Left: Dr. Prospero C. Naval Jr. (adviser) and Engr. Helen S. Villanueva during the awarding ceremony last 27 October 2015 at the Marriott Hotel Manila.
Right: Dr. Manolo G. Mena, co-adviser of Dr. Naval for Engr. Villanueva’s MS thesis. (Photo from Dr. Naval)

The research, which is a simple and low-cost detection and estimation system for ionic contamination, was the master’s thesis of Engr. Villanueva, conducted under the guidance of her advisers Dr. Naval of the Department of Computer Science and Dr. Mena of the Department of Mining, Metallurgical, and Materials Engineering. Engr. Villanueva, a scholar of the Department of Science and Technology through the Engineering Research and Development for Technology, obtained her degree in Master of Science in Computer Science in 2014.

The AMY IP Awards is an annual competition organized by the PCCI in cooperation with the IP Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) to promote appreciation and application of locally-developed technologies. The competition aims to recognize inventors who contribute to the development of highly innovative technologies that are socially beneficial and sustainable. This is the fourth consecutive year that a UP Diliman nominee entered the finals, and the second year that it placed in the top three.

Winners and finalists of the 2015 AMY IP Awards during the awarding ceremony last 27 October 2015 at the Marriott Hotel Manila.

Winners of the 2015 AMY IP Awards and the other competitions hosted by PCCI during the awarding ceremony last 27 October 2015 at the Marriott Hotel Manila. (Photo from Dr. Naval)

The winners of the 2015 AMY IP Awards were awarded during the 41st Philippine Business Conference and Expo last 27 October 2015 at the Marriott Hotel Manila.

A Philippine patent application for the invention was filed last 23 October 2015. The invention was also presented during an exhibit participated into by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development in Singapore last September, where it garnered interest from potential industry takers.

UP Diliman OVCRD shares best experiences in IP and Technology Transfer to ASEAN WIPO delegates

Agnes May B. Bantigue

Delegates from intellectual property (IP) offices of eight ASEAN countries visited the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman last Thursday, October 15. The UP Diliman Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD) hosted the delegates from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, who were on a Sub-Regional Project Study Visit organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in cooperation with the IP Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL). The objective of the ASEAN WIPO Project Study Visit is to gather insights and learn about the experiences of Philippine universities under the Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) Network established by the IPOPHL.

UP Diliman OVCRD with the ASEAN WIPO delegates during their Project Study Visit to the Philippines on 15 October 2015.

UP Diliman OVCRD with the ASEAN WIPO delegates during their Project Study Visit to the Philippines on 15 October 2015.

UP Diliman, through OVCRD’s IP and Technology Transfer Unit, is a member of the ITSO Network, and was invited to become one of the host universities, along with Adamson University and Mapua Institute of Technology, during the study visit to share its experiences, challenges, and best practices as an ITSO. The ITSO Network was established by IPOPHL in 2010 and is envisioned to enable and support increased innovation in the country by providing services and assistance in protecting, utilizing, and commercializing Filipino-generated IPs.

During the study visit, Vice Chancellor for Research and Development Fidel Nemenzo gave a short introduction about the University and the flagship campus in Diliman, highlighting the breadth of disciplines under the campus and the importance of OVCRD in facilitating the creation and use of new knowledge and research, especially with respect to IP and Technology Transfer.

Vice Chancellor for Research and Development, Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo, welcomes the delegates and gives an introduction on the University of the Philippines.

Vice Chancellor for Research and Development, Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo, welcomes the delegates and gives an introduction on the University of the Philippines.

The IP and Technology Transfer staff of OVCRD all participated in sharing best practices of the unit as an ITSO by presenting both the challenges that the unit has encountered and milestones it has achieved since UP Diliman’s first technology transfer activities began. While the group cited the lack of budget allocation during the initial implementation of the then-Technology Transfer Program, it was also noted that the University was supportive of the initiatives of the unit and provided the needed resources to be able to pursue IP and technology transfer activities.

The group also highlighted the role played by IPOPHL in the unit’s development and successes as an ITSO. All of its staff members have undergone trainings and workshops organized by the IPOPHL in partnership with institutions like WIPO. With the help of IPOPHL, the University was also able to acquire subscriptions to patent databases, and to participate in international trainings and conferences in technology transfer and IP.

The presentation was concluded by IP and Technology Transfer Unit’s Dr. Geoffrey Ducanes, who highlighted the future plans of the unit to increase its capacity to more efficiently accommodate the increasing number of IP disclosures by hiring more personnel and providing more mechanisms to enable inventors, authors, and artists to transfer to the public their IPs.

The OVCRD IP and Technology Transfer Unit answers questions from the ASEAN delegates. (L-R: Ace Acosta, Agnes May Bantigue, Head of Unit Dr. Geoffrey Ducanes, Engr. Jorge Salang, Paul Natividad).

The OVCRD IP and Technology Transfer Unit answers questions from the ASEAN delegates. (L-R: Ace Acosta, Agnes May Bantigue, Head of Unit Dr. Geoffrey Ducanes, Engr. Jorge Salang, Paul Natividad).

After the presentation by the unit, the delegates were given a chance to ask questions through an Open Forum. Many were asking about the commercialization of technologies, saying a patent has been granted but they aren’t able to license it out. Dr. Ducanes revealed to them that this is also the case in most universities not only in the Philippines, but also worldwide, because most university-developed technologies are not actually ready for commercialization. Dr. Ducanes said that some of the initiatives of the OVCRD is to provide bridge funding to further develop the readiness of the technology, and to work with industry partners at early stages of the researches to generate more applied research outputs.

Vice Chancellor Nemenzo, in closing the program, said that he hoped that the delegates learned from the practices of the UP Diliman ITSO and that they will apply their new learnings when they go back to their respective countries and offices.

“Handa… Awit… Lindol!”: Preparing for earthquakes through music

By Agnes May B. Bantigue

Handa…Awit…Lindol!, a collection of songs for the preparedness and awareness of earthquakes and related calamities, was formally launched on Monday, July 13, at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Auditorium. The album is a collaborative effort of Filipino artists Rev Mendoza, Ma. Stephanie Joy Andaya, Roberto Mendoza, Arlan Camba, Mark Simon dela Cruz, Jonel Sarmiento, Marvin Lai, Jose Fernandez, Leomar Requejo, under the leadership of Dr. Glecy Atienza of the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) College of Arts and Letters. The development of the album was funded through a Source of Solutions Grant from the UPD Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD).

Project leader of Handa...Awit...Lindol! Dr. Glecy Atienza talks about the development of the music

Project leader of Handa…Awit…Lindol! Dr. Glecy Atienza talks about the development of the music

According to Dr. Atienza, their aim was to create catchy songs that would help inform the listeners about earthquakes and related calamities, and about preparing for them. They wanted to create songs that everyone will enjoy—which is why the album is composed of music in different genres such as rock, R&B, ballad, and folk.

Handa...Awit...Lindol! artists use their talents to promote earthquake preparedness

Handa…Awit…Lindol! artists use their talents to promote earthquake preparedness

During the launch, Dr. Atienza, together with artists Rev Mendoza, Leomar Requejo, Arlan Camba, Roberto Mendoza, and Mark Simon dela Cruz, sang original compositions. Natural Ang Lindol gives the different stories of why earthquakes happen such as the awakening of a giant; Intensity talks about how different intensity levels on the PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale feel; Ang Cute Na Kit Ni Buboy gives listeners an idea of what they should have in their emergency kits in case an earthquake should strike. PHIVOLCS Director Dr. Renato Solidum even joined the artists in singing May Plano Ba Tayo?

Dr. Solidum sings "May Plano Ba Tayo?" with the musicians

PHIVOLCS Director Dr. Solidum sings “May Plano Ba Tayo?” with the musicians

Dr. Geoffrey Ducanes of UPD-OVCRD welcomed the audience and congratulated the artists on the successful project, citing the inter-disciplinary approach to developing creative works, while Director Solidum and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Corazon Jimenez likewise praised the team, and expressed their excitement in using the songs in their campaigns for earthquake preparedness.

To broaden the reach of the dissemination of the songs, the album can be shared to the public at no cost, in accordance with Fair Use of Copyright. Interested parties may request copies of the album from the UPD-OVCRD, PHIVOLCS, and MMDA.

For more information about Handa…Awit…Lindol!, you may get in touch with us through e-mail at techtransfer.ovcrd@up.edu.ph.

OVCRD IP Campaign hits airwaves

By Karen N. Azupardo

Are you familiar with the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy of the UP System and related policies on Technology Transfer? The Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD) invites you to learn more by tuning in to Sciencia na Kayo sa DZUP this Friday, November 28, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM. The program is aired over 1602 MHz in the AM band and streamed online at www.dzup.org.

Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Unit, represented by Mr. Ace C. Acosta, Team Leader, and Ms. Agnes B. Bantigue, IP and Technology Transfer Officer, will share their insights with listeners. The team also went on air on November 14 to discuss the basics of IP and IPR in line with the OVCRD’s IP Awareness Campaign. The campaign also aims to promote services that will help UP constituents in transferring their creations and technology to the public.

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The IP and Technology Transfer unit of the OVCRD, represented by Mr. Naason Velasco (second from left), Mr. Paul Natividad and Ms. Karen Azupardo, with Sciencia na Kayo sa DZUP hosts Dr. Marian P. Roque and Dr. Richard A. Lemence during their November 14, 2014 show.

Sciencia na Kayo sa DZUP is a weekly program hosted by Dr. Marian P. Roque and Dr. Richard A. Lemence of the Institute of Mathematics. Dr. Roque, Director of the Institute, is a Gawad Chanselor “Natatanging Guro” awardee. Dr. Lemence was named 2014 Outstanding Young Scientist in the field of Mathematics by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Philippines.

OVCRD is working closely with the College of Science, with the support of Dean Jose P. Balmaceda and Associate Dean of Student and Public Affairs Giovanni A. Tapang, to help students, faculty and staff to become more IP savvy in education and research. The IP and Technology Transfer Unit recently held an orientation session for the College on November 17, 2014 at the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (IESM). Dean Balmaceda, Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development Fidel R. Nemenzo, and Dr. Geoffrey M. Ducanes, Director of the IP and Technology Transfer Unit, attended the session.

The OVCRD provides a range of IP and Technology Transfer services. To schedule a consultation or orientation, contact 981-8500 local 8763 or send an email to techtransfer.ovcrd@up.edu.ph. You may also reach the team via Facebook and Twitter @IPtechtrans_UPD.

Young inventors from UP Diliman compete in PCCI Alfredo M. Yao IP Awards 2014

By Agnes May B. Bantigue

The undergraduate thesis of University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Civil Engineering alumni qualified for the coveted Alfredo M. Yao Intellectual Property (AMY IP) Awards 2014, with co-inventors Kent Renier Carandang and Rhey Joseph Daway delivering their final presentations last 29 September 2014 at the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) office in Taguig. The National Award eventually went to UP Manila faculty and researcher, Dr. Jose B. Nevado Jr., who developed a novel naturally-derived composition from endogenous plants with anti-inflammatory and anti-diarrheal applications.

Rhey Joseph Daway and Kent Renier Carandang, UP Diliman Civil Engineering alumni and inventors, at the finals of the PCCI Alfredo M. Yao IP Awards last 29 September 2014. OVCRD file photo.

Rhey Joseph Daway and Kent Renier Carandang, UP Diliman Civil Engineering alumni and inventors, at the finals of the PCCI Alfredo M. Yao IP Awards last 29 September 2014. OVCRD file photo.

The UP Diliman team presented Gaia Dam, which Mr. Carandang and Mr. Daway developed with fellow student, Ralph John Barte, under the supervision of their advisers, Prof. Mark Albert Zarco and Prof. Leonardo Liongson. Gaia Dam is an earth material gabion-type low dam that utilizes a specialized, eco-friendly core material designed for irrigation systems. Its innovative design provides stability against water forces while providing enzymes and acids that can help increase agricultural productivity, improving the yield of farmers.

Inventors Kent Renier Carandang and Rhey Joseph Daway, with their advisers Dr. Leonardo Liongson and Dr. Mark Albert Zarco, with the Gaia Dam prototype built at the UP Diliman Lagoon. Photo courtesy of Kent Carandang and Rhey Daway.

Inventors Kent Renier Carandang and Rhey Joseph Daway, with their advisers Dr. Leonardo Liongson and Dr. Mark Albert Zarco, with the Gaia Dam prototype built at the UP Diliman Lagoon. Photo courtesy of Kent Carandang and Rhey Daway.

 

Mr. Carandang and Mr. Daway have been pursuing the patent application and commercialization of their invention by taking part in start-up competitions. For their patent application, they enlisted the assistance of the IP and Technology Transfer Unit of the UP Diliman Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD).

The AMY IP Awards is an annual competition organized by the PCCI in cooperation with the IP Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) to promote appreciation and application of locally-developed technologies. The competition aims to recognize inventors who contribute to the development of highly innovative technologies that are socially beneficial and sustainable. Nominations are screened prior to the final judging based on uniqueness and originality, readiness for commercialization, and impact and benefits to society. The finalists of the AMY IP Awards 2014 were recognized during the 40th Philippine Business Conference and Expo last 22 October 2014 at the Manila Hotel.

Rhey Joseph Daway and Kent Reinier Carandang with PCCI and IPOPHL officials. Finalists of PCCI’s Alfredo M. Yao IP Awards 2014 were recognized during the 40th Philippine Business Conference and Expo last 22 October 2014 at the Manila Hotel. Photo courtesy of Kent Carandang.

Rhey Joseph Daway and Kent Reinier Carandang with PCCI and IPOPHL officials. Finalists of PCCI’s Alfredo M. Yao IP Awards 2014 were recognized during the 40th Philippine Business Conference and Expo last 22 October 2014 at the Manila Hotel. Photo courtesy of Kent Carandang.

Gaia Dam won numerous awards prior to becoming a finalist in the AMY IP Awards 2014 (2nd Place – UP Diliman College of Engineering Undergraduate Project Competition 2013; 2nd Place – IdeaSpace Adamson Bootcamp; and 1st Place – UP Diliman Engineering Innovations Congress) and was presented and exhibited during the Sustainable Building International Conference 2014; the 2014 National Science and Technology Week organized by the Department of Science and Technology; TechInnovation 2014 organized by the Intellectual Property Intermediary in Singapore; and the October 2014 Paliwanagan sa UP Diliman Colloquium organized by OVCRD.

With the interest that Gaia Dam continues to generate from different sectors, the young inventors are hopeful that their homegrown technology will soon be deployed for the benefit of the public.

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES exhibits groundbreaking researches in Singapore

By Agnes May B. Bantigue

Team UP at TECHINNOVATION 2014 (L-R): Ace C. Acosta (UPD), Agnes May B. Bantigue (UPD), Perrose L. Comendador (UPLB), Dr. Gonzalo A. Campoamor II (UPD, OVCRD-RDUO Director)

Team UP at TECHINNOVATION 2014 (L-R): Ace C. Acosta (UPD), Agnes May B. Bantigue (UPD), Perrose L. Comendador (UPLB), Dr. Gonzalo A. Campoamor II (UPD, OVCRD-RDUO Director)

The University of the Philippines (UP) exhibited six of its groundbreaking researches at TECHINNOVATION 2014 last 23 to 24 September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The event, which was organized by Intellectual Property Intermediary Singapore (IPI), served as a technology marketplace where businesses and R&D institutions (RDIs) connect for the purpose of collaboration and technology transfer. Universities from all over Asia also participated as exhibitors of TECHINNOVATION 2014, and UP, represented by Dr. Gonzalo A. Campoamor II (UPD OVCRD-RDUO Director), Ace C. Acosta (UPD OVCRD-RDUO), Agnes May B. Bantigue (UPD OVCRD-RDUO), and Perrose L. Comendador (UPLB CTTE), along with Adamson University, were the only exhibitors from the Philippines. More than a thousand delegates, mostly from the commercial, government, and R&D sector, from all over the world visited the trade fair.

IPI, which organizes the TECHINNOVATION every year, is a non-profit organization under the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry committed to assisting industries in finding the technologies that meet their innovation needs, and assisting RDIs in finding industries willing to adopt and improve their technologies. Through intermediaries such as IPI, technologies are able to complete the full technology transfer cycle, enabling RDIs to deploy their innovations in the public for use and consumption. Aside from showing the current offerings in the R&D sector, the event was also able to show partners and delegates alike what industries need in growing their operations.

The UP Booth at TechInnovation 2014

The UP Booth at TechInnovation 2014

A total of twelve Intellectual Properties (IPs) from UP Diliman, through the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD), and UP Los Baños, through the Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship (CTTE), were included in IPI’s Technology Portal (an online Technology Marketplace), while six were exhibited during the technology-matching event. Universities and commercial businesses alike showed interest in adopting the UP technologies and the team was able to accommodate initial questions regarding the IPs through one-on-one meetings during the event. But the work does not end there for Team UP, for they still have a lot to deliver to the interested parties when they return to the country.

The participation is a technology transfer initiative of the UPD-OVCRD, in cooperation with the UP Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (TTBDO) and UPLB-CTTE, and with support from the Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs Office of International Linkages (OVPAA-OIL). By participating in events like this, the OVCRD and other UP Technology Transfer Offices hope to emphasize that UP not only produces groundbreaking researches, but that the University also aims to deploy them for the benefit of the general public. With the looming implementation of the ASEAN Integration in 2015, participation in trade fairs, not just locally but also internationally, should be given importance to be able to promote UP technologies for deployment.

UP Diliman Technologies Bring Ready-To-Eat Cooked Rice, Noodles to Typhoon Yolanda Victims

By Agnes May B. Bantigue

A professor from the College of Home Economics (CHE) of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman  led a team of volunteers to produce ready-to-eat (RTE) cooked rice and bihon noodles for deployment to areas severely affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

Dr. Ma. Patricia V. Azanza, food scientist and professor at the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, pioneered the novel processes for producing the RTE cooked rice and noodles.

The RTE cooked rice and noodles are retrogradation-resistant and shelf-stable for a month. These goods do not require further cooking, reheating, or hot water hydration like actual cooked rice and noodles, but can be stored for weeks. These properties make the products ideal for situations where cooking is not an option, such as in evacuation centers of calamity-stricken areas and during military field operations.

Units of RTE pasteurized rice ready for deployment. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Ma. Patricia V. Azanza)

Units of RTE pasteurized rice ready for deployment. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Ma. Patricia V. Azanza)

In fact, these situations prompted Dr. Azanza to create the technology for RTE cooked rice and noodles. She aimed to produce a meal that provides the carbohydrates needed by soldiers who will be expending a lot of energy. She determined that such meals should not require cooking to avoid compromising a soldier’s location in the field. The meals must be retrogradation-resistant and shelf-stable, so there is little risk of food spoilage. Dr. Azanza immediately saw the potential for RTE meals in evacuation centers where people are in need of food that will satisfy their hunger.

In the Pilot Food Plant of the College of Home Economics, over 300 students, staff, and faculty members work hand-in-hand for the production of ready-to-eat products for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. OVCRD file photo.

In the Pilot Food Plant of the College of Home Economics, over 300 students, staff, and faculty members work hand-in-hand for the production of ready-to-eat products for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. OVCRD file photo.

Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), reported to be the most powerful typhoon in 2013, caused catastrophic damage to much of the Visayas Region, leaving 1.9 million people homeless and more than 600,000 displaced. Since the typhoon’s devastation, there has been overwhelming support from both local and foreign organizations to ensure relief operations in the affected areas. Dr. Azanza saw the opportunity to help out, and immediately planned the production of 5,000 units of 150-gram packs of RTE rice and 3,000 units of 150-gram packs of RTE noodles. Over 300 students, staff, and faculty from the College of Home Economics volunteered for the 12-day production in the Pilot Food Plant (PFP) at CHE. The production was funded through a Source of Solution grant by the UP Diliman Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD).

The retrogradation-resistant shelf-stable cooked rice, one of the technologies in this initiative, was registered as a Utility Model in the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) in 2011. A Philippine Patent Application for the RTE noodles will also be filed through the IP and Technology Transfer Program of the UP Diliman OVCRD.