The Department of Science and Technology-National Capital Region (DOST-NCR) visits DOST VI to benchmark research, development, and innovation initiatives in Western Visayas.

During the activitiy, the DOST VI and its supported consortia and committees, shared practices, functions, and services, especially in terms of their involvement in research and development (R&D), the operationalization of the Regional Research, Development and Innovation Committee (RRDIC), and the Technology Business Incubation (TBI) program.

The team visited many DOST-supported research and development (R&D) facilities including the Center for Chemical Biology and Biotechnology (C2B2), Center for Natural Drug Discovery and Development (CND3), Center for Advance New Materials, Engineering, and Emerging Technologies (CANMEET), and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Laboratory at the University of San Agustin; the Automated Marine Sewage Treatment Plant (AMSTP) at John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University-Molo; the Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC) at  Iloilo Science and Technology University; the Coastline 5023 Fisheries Technology Business Incubator (TBI) and the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) Visayas at the University of the Philippines Visayas; the Centralized Analytical Testing Laboratory (CATL) at the University of Antique; and the Innovation Hub (iHub) at the DOST Antique Provincial Office.  They also visited Innovate Iloilo at the Iloilo City Hall and the Produkto Lokal Hub, which houses the FyrLab Accelerator, Bakal Lokal, Youth First Initiative Philippines, Inc., and Mulave Studios. Through this collaborative learning activity, the DOST-NCR targets to improve its internal management process, R&D activities, and possible partnerships. The delegates from DOST-NCR were led by their Regional Director, Engr. Romelen T. Tresvalles, and they are composed of the Clustered Area Science and Technology Office (CASTO) heads and representatives. (CMAgbas/RDIMS)