Press Release
July 13, 2011


"To fast track our country's development, we must strengthen scientific foundation and engineering capability," said Senator Edgardo J. Angara in his keynote address at the opening of the Technological Exposition 2011 of the Technological University of the Philippines earlier today.

Entitled "TUP Technovations: A response to the global challenge for competitiveness," the Expo showcases new inventions and innovations of TUP students from its four campuses.

"TUP was established in 1901 as one of the pioneering schools in the country at the turn of the century. As one of the few dedicated technological universities remaining, you must be conscious of your rich heritage and long history as masters of mathematics and the sciences," he said.

According to Angara, chair of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, the various disciplines under the maths and sciences are the movers and shakers of the world, creators of products and processes that affect all aspects of life and business.

"Right now, you students are entering one of the most exciting industries, known as the art and science of creation. Engineers will inherit the world because you are the creators of both jobs and wealth," he explained.

Angara encouraged the students to sustain their R&D projects from incubation to commercialization. He said there are a lot of opportunities for young inventors, even undergraduates, to find commercial applications and partners for their projects.

"You must also take advantage of the opportunities available to you while in this university. For example, why don't you commercialize inventions and products of R&D to earn royalties both for yourself and the university, instead of just keeping them demonstration projects," he suggested.

During his speech, Angara also reiterated his call to improve the country's technological capacity.

"Engineers and scientists need room for creativity, space to think and create. To do that, we must provide better facilities and more advanced training that would help boost our country's overall competitiveness," he asserted.

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