DTI to open FabLab in Ilocos
Trade and Industry Secretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. will lead the unveiling of the Ilocos Innovation Center- Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) and Coworking Space in Ilocos Sur this week, the first facility in the region to offer advanced technology assistance to local micro, small, and medium enterprises.
The FabLab started in the Massachussets Institute of Technology to help grassroots communities to translate their design ideas into physical forms with the use of technology. Similar facilities can now be found in 200 locations worldwide.
The Ilocos Innovation Center FabLab and Coworking space, located at the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) in San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur, cost P11.8 million. The FabLab was made in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology and was located in the Philippine Science High School campus and provide students a high-end laboratory while helping MSMEs develop innovative products in the region as well. The FabLab will have 70 advanced machines including laser cutting machines, 3D printer, benchtop milling, embroidery machines, among others.
The DTI first opened a FabLab shared service facility in Bohol in May 2014 to encourage entrepreneurs as part of government’s post-earthquake recovery efforts. The Bohol FabLab cost P9.15 million and was partly funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, with Japan’s Keio University serving as guide to the Bohol Island State University. (Eileen A. Mencias)