Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III led the launch of the Bohol Fabrication Laboratory (Fablab) at the Bohol Island State University (BISU) in Tagbilaran City, Bohol on Friday, May 2.
The Bohol Fablab is a technical prototyping platform designed to improve the competitiveness of the Boholano creative industry sector and support its long-term viability by providing the necessary tools and equipment to do rapid prototyping and modeling.
Aquino inspected the state-of-the-art equipment inside the facility, which includ a laser cutter, a high-resolution milling machine, a CNC ShopBOt, a 3D printer scanner, a sewing and embroidery machine, a drying machine, a LED TV, a laptop, and video conferencing equipment.
Aquino was briefed by Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) sec. Gregory Domingo, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) sec. Mario Montejo, and BISU president Elpidio Magante regarding the new facility.
The president also witnessed the turnover of the Certificate of Award by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Representative Noriaki Niwa to BISU for the equipment donated to Fablab.
The Bohol Fablab, the first of its kind in the country, is connected to a global community of learners, educators, technologists, researchers, makers, and innovators, a knowledge-sharing network.
The project also seeks to develop, through the BISU System, a pool of designers who can readily assist Boholano micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in product design and development, and to upgrade the framework conditions for creative work in the province.
The Bohol Fablab was co-founded by the DTI, DOST, BISU, and JICA. It will be under the mentorship of Japan?s Keio University.