The ATC Primer
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1. What is ATC?

ATC (Area Technical Committee): A joint project of DOST (Dept. of Science and Technology) and PCCI (Phil, Chamber of Commerce and Industry), assisted by IRF (Industrial Research Foundation) is intended to bring technology to the countryside.

One ATC is formed in each of the five (5) Philippine geographical AREAs (North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR), wherin all the DOST Regional Offices (DROs) and PCCI Local Chapters (LCCIs) within an AREA sign a Memo of Agreement (MOA) pledging to infuse much needed technology to the AREA.

Through the ATC, technology is brought to the remotest barrio, thus, ATC becomes the Agency to Transform the Countryside.

2. How did the ATC come about?

In May 1999, then newly appointed DOST Secretary Filemon A. Uriarte Jr. requested the assistance of IRF (Industrial Research Foundation) in bringing DOST closer the the private sector.

Acting on this request, IRF Chairman Meneleo J. Carlos Jr. wrote to PCCI President Alberto P. Fenix Jr. suggesting a partnership be forged between DOST and PCCI to address technology issues now existing in Philippine Industry.

This request culminated in the historic signing of an MOU (Memo Of Understanding) between DOST Secretary F. A. Uruarte Jr. and PCCI VP for Industry Donald Dee on October 21, 1999, pledging to narrow the technology gap that exists in the country, particularly in industry.

3. What is the first implementing step in the MOU?

The first implementing step in the MOU is the formation of ATC.

4. What is the purpose of ATC?

The ATC will institutionalize an existing, but informal relationship pertaining to technology issues between the DOST Regional Offices and the private sector, converting this casual relationship into an ATC, a forum where the Local PCCI Chapter (LCCI), now representing the private sector and the DOST Regional Office (DRO) sign a MOA (Memo of Agreement) pledging a joint effort upgrade the technology level of the AREA through:

  •  Persistent productivity advocate of existing industries;
  •  Active Promoter of new enterprises through technology transfer;
  •  Mobilization of all Technical Resources in the AREA through LTS (Localizing Technology Solutions), to create a nearly self-contained technology community where most technology problems are solved locally.

5. What is the vision of DOST, PCCI and IRF for ATC?

" For every AREA, an ATC; every ATC, a dynamic instrument of technological innovation"

The impact on the economy of the countryside can be tremendous:

  •  ATC can address both industrial and agricultural technology issues;
  •  ALL Five AREA ATC and Fifteen (15) Regional Chapters, on constant technology-improvement watch;
  •  Modernizing existing industries/ preparing for globalization;
  •  Promoting technology-based industries utilizing local resources.

6. What Technical Services improvement can ATC bring to each AREA?

Through ATC, the services of the whole DOST system may be accessed.

However, exporting technology issues outside the AREA for solutions will be tedious and expensive, so an LTS strategy was conceived.

7. What is Localizing technology Solutions (LTS) ?

LTS or Localizing Technology Solutions, is the mobilization of all Technological Resources within the AREA into an integrated and certified, semi-autonomous technological community where most technology problems of ATC find solutions.

LTS will be implemented in three steps:

Step One: Recruitment of Technical Experts in the AREA into an AREA Technical Expert Pool or ATEP
Step Two: Mobilization of all Technical Facilities (academe, private sector) into a TECHnical NETwork or TECHNET
Step Three: As part of TECHnet, expansion of DOST Regional facilities to meet the additional needs of TECHNET.

8. What is the "value-added" by ATC to the present relationship between DOST Regional Office and the private sector?

    1. The new relationship between DRO and LCCI is no longer as technology provider and client but as partners in building up the ATC superstructure, a synergy of shared efforts that can actualize the ATC motto as the Agency to Transform the Countryside;
    2. The ATC as a persistent productivity improvement advocate for existing Industries will institutionalize Productivity Improvement Programs as a year-round activity;
    3. ATC as an active and persistent promoter of new enterprises through an exhaustive inventory of Area resources and systematic matching with DOST-developed (or other) technologies that will result in new enterprise.
    4. The full mobilization of the technical resources in the Area to create a nearly self-contained technological community where most technical problems are solved within the Area through LTS or Localizing Technology Solutions.
    5. ATC creates a culture of technology awareness within the community, induced by the systematic, year-round schedule of technology-oriented activities, such that tech-awareness becomes second nature due to constant exposure.


The failure of ATC maybe a big loss to commerce and industry...
but a bigger loss to the country.