UP Cebu business incubator cited for excellence in public service

The technology business incubator (TBI) of the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu was recognized with a Gawad Pangulo award for excellence in public service by the Office of the President of the UP System on Jan. 30, 2017.

The TBI’s manager, Prof. Jedaiah Joel Lumagbas of UP Cebu’s College of Science and marketing specialist Jeffrey Montecillo, along with Chancellor Liza Corro of UP Cebu received the award from then UP president Alfredo Pascual in a ceremony at the UP Diliman Executive House in Quezon City.

“UP Cebu TBI is the most sustainable and operational” of the ones opened by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the country, said Montecillos quoting secretary Fortunato dela Peña of the DOST.

The theme of the awards, “Galing UP, Lingkod Bayan” turned the spotlight towards initiatives that exemplify “dangal (honor)” and “husay (excellence).”

Nominees were rated for project sustainability, replicability, public service, enhanced research and economic impact, Montecillo said.

Startups that graduated from UP Cebu TBI joined the Philippines’ small and medium enterprise sector that employs almost 70 percent of the country’s work force.

Nambal, Greater Heights Educational Solutions and Artisko Digital Music Content Production are some of the thriving enterprises that started out in the UP Cebu TBI.

Nambal is a free, online health information system for patients and doctors to keep medical to keep medical records with the help of the Nambal Health Card.

Greater Heights Educational Solutions offers online review services online to help students reach their full potential.

Artisko Digital Music Content Production provides services such as video and digital content production, rehearsal studios, songwriting workshops, music forums and music curation.

UP Cebu TBI has been replicated in a business incubator administered by the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation of Information Technology in Bacolod City, Montecillos said.

Turning seven this December, this facility currently has at least 14 tenants in UP Cebu’s Lahug campus and another two in the campus at Cebu City’s South Road Properties.

TBI representatives from across the country met in mid-March in Makati City, Montecillo said, to learn from one another’s best practices. Professor Lumagbas is representing UP Cebu. A restructuring of TBI programs aimed at improving each stage of incubation is forthcoming./WRITERS AMY MACALINAO AND MELANIE RUTH BOLO, EDITING BY UP CEBU PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE