On 15 February 2021, iSTART Leyte implementers met the incubatees represented by Dr. Joemar Taganna of SciBiz Informatics and Paytaca, Mr. Ken Telmo and Olan Pacites of Telmo Solutions, and Engr. Zaira Marie Verunque of i-Board Marketplace and TRAECOM International.
The aim of the meeting was to discuss the possible design of an information system that will (2) help farmers know what kind of crops and the volume needed by the market at a particular time of the year, and (2) for the market to know what crops and its volume are available from the farmers currently and in the coming months.
All participants were asked his/her opinion on the possible design of the information system for the agriculture sector of Leyte. The body agreed that the system design will consider the following:
- The available communication infrastructure to farmers
- IT literacy levels of the farmers and the market to identify the technology to be used by the end-users
- Provides technical support on the production side such as soil taxonomy, proper crop management, vertical farming technology, etc., and
- Will eventually generate data and information critical to decision making process.
Finally, all the incubatees were considered part of the Development Team, with Engr. Zaira Marie Verunque as the Team Leader. It was also agreed that the initial InfoSys design will be presented during the meeting with Gov. Mic Petilla on 18 February 2021.
Other attendees of the brainstorming include: (from De La Salle University) Dr. Alvin Culaba, iSTART Consultant / Academician
and Engr. Marvin Jade Genoguin, (from DOST 8) RD Engr. Ernesto M. Granada, Regional Director and ARD TOD Ms. Marilyn Radam,
and, (from DOST Leyte) Dr. John Glenn Ocaña, PSTD and Ms. Cheska Lelina, Project Personnel.
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Presided by its Chairperson DOST8 Regional Director Ernesto M. Granada, the Regional Research Development and Innovation Committee held its 4th Quarter meeting on 5 November 2020 with the presentation of iSTART program by Dr. John Glenn Ocaña as one of its agenda. The Committee also approved for endorsement to SDC-RDC the Joint PEZA and BiPSU Special Economic Zone Institute presented by Dr. Victor Cañezo, Jr., President of BiPSU.