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New state-of-the-art fabrication lab established in Laguna

by Fredmoore Cavan
November 2, 2019

The Department of Trade and Industry Region 4-A, in partnership with the University of the Philippines Los Baños Technology Transfer and Business Development Office and the UPLB College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology (CEAT), inaugurated the UPLB Start-up Innovation and Business Opportunity Linkages (SIBOL) Fabrication Laboratory on October 23, 2019 at the IABE Building, CEAT Building, UPLB, Los Baños, Laguna. (DTI4A)



CALAMBA CITY, Laguna — The Department of Trade and Industry Region 4A launched its newest fabrication laboratory with P14.3 million worth of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities housed at the University of the Philippines Los Baños.

The fabrication lab named Start-up Innovation and Business Opportunity Linkages or SIBOL Labs is a shared service facility project of DTI 4A established in partnership with the UPLB Technology Transfer and Business Development Office, and the UPLB College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology.

In a statement, DTI 4A Regional Director Marilou Toledo said the fabrication lab is open to MSMEs (micro, small, and medium enterprises) and other stakeholders that need rapid prototyping services, small-volume manufacturing, and computer modeling.

The SIBOL Labs is equipped with fabrication tools such as 3D printer, CNC router, 3D scanner, laser cutter, milling machine, and printer and cutter. It also offers research and training services for MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Toledo said the fabrication lab will enable startups and MSMEs in Laguna to increase their productivity and accelerate their competitiveness as they get access to the cutting-edge equipment and facilities of the SIBOL Labs.

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“We are very happy with this state-of-the-art facility in Laguna as we want to have an innovation ecosystem in the Region to support robust technology-driven and globally-competitive MSMEs,” Toldeo said.

UPLB Chancellor Fernando Sanchez, Jr. said the fabrication lab is a testament to the university’s dedication in providing linkages among academe, industry, and government and in supporting entrepreneurs by giving them better access to technology and research.

“Equipped with the latest fabrication tools, the UPLB SIBOL Fab Lab will help business start-ups, stimulate MSME productivity and innovation, and provide space for business owners and academics to interact, giving birth to new ideas and perspectives for generating solutions,” Sanchez said.

“It is our hope that the SIBOL Fab Lab will be a springboard for entrepreneurship and revolutionize and uplift the lives of Filipinos in the name of public service,” he added.

The SIBOL Labs in UPLB is the third major fabrication laboratory established by the DTI Region 4A in the region.

In 2018, the DTI 4A established the Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Art (IDEA) Fab Lab at the Antipolo Institute of Technology in Antipolo City, and the Learning, Innovation, Knowledge-Honing, and Art (LIKHA) Fab Lab at the Batangas State University in Batangas City. (FSC with reports from DTI 4A)

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