The IRF Story
[ Major Accomplishments ]

"Industry must improve itself continuously otherwise, if it is complacent and stagnates, it is already on its way down."

(Philosophy followed by Don Andres Soriano Sr., as he pushed San Miguel Corporation to greatness.)

This is the same philosophy that motivated the founding fathers of the Industrial Research Foundation (IRF) that Industry MUST undertake Research and Development (R&D) to survive. IRF does not undertake R & D itself but instead, promotes the patronage by Industry of Government S&T Institutes, NIST in 1983, and present-day DOST (Department of Science and Technology), the successor to NIST.

On September 30, 1983, a meeting was convened by then newly appointed NIST Director (and TOYM Awardee) Dr. Filemon "Jun" Uriarte among his many friends in the private sector, to propose the setting up a Foundation that would forge a stronger LINK between Industry (who badly needs R&D) and the Government S&T Institutes (who can supply the needed R&D).

Fifteen (15) persons responded to Dr. "Jun" Uriarte's invitation and agreed to be the founding fathers of the Industrial Research Foundation or IRF. Some of the founders are still active in IRF affairs, after nearly 20 years of service, as a testimonial to their belief in the ideals that IRF stands for, that Industry must be assisted, even prodded to undertake R&D to survive. (Please see List of IRF Pioneers)

In 1989, IRF took a more aggressive stance in promoting Industrial Research through a two-pronged approach; first, to assist DOST (especially ITDI) in their constant search for rendering better service in S&T and second, facilitating delivery of these services by forging strong linkages between DOST/ ITDI and Industry.


Some of IRF's the major accomplishments along these lines

  • 1989
  • SSP

    In 1989, ITDI launched the Supervised Services Programs (SSP), where ITDI services are offered "packaged" and offered to Industry on subscription basis, with IRF as Financial manager.

  • 1991

    IRF brokers the formation of the Surface coating R&D center, or SCRDC, a joint ITDI-SurfaceCoating Industry Association collaboration that has served the Surface Coating Industry (Paint, Printing Ink, Adhesives) well up to now.

  • 1993

    DOST commissions IRF to put up PHNET, the first R.P. ISP (Internet Service Provider) through a Php12.5 M grant that will connect nine (9) Universities nationwide (Baguio, Metro Manila, Cebu, and Cagayan de Oro) to the Internet.

  • 1998
  • IRF provokes inquiry in why very little Philippine-made Animal Vaccines in the market, resulting in a very successful Consultation arranged by PCARRD in 1999. In 2000, the manufacture of Animal Vaccine, were forwarded to the Department of Agriculture for possible action.
  • 1998
  • IRF markets the expertise of ITDI's MGD(Microbiology/Genetics Division) to a US-based chemical company to use MGD as Asian test facility for their products.
  • 1999
  • October 21: MOU between DOST and PCCI pledging close collaboration in bridging the existing technology gap in industry nationwide, is signed between DOST Secretary Filemon A. Uriarte Jr. and VP Donald Dee, representing PCCI President Alberto Fenix Jr.

    The First implementing step of the MOU

    Formation of ATCs (Area Technical Committees) nationwide.

  • 2001
  • February 13: Guidelines for the formation of ATC are approved.

    February 15: Inauguration of first Pilot ATC: Greater Bacolod CCI and DOST Region VI.

    May 17: DOST Secretary Estrella Alabastro accepts MOU Steering Committee membership, and designates USEC Fortunato De La Pena as Alternate; ASEC Maripaz Perez as Coordinating Committee designate.

    August 14: Meeting between DOST USEC Fortunato De La Pena and PCCI VP Francisco Floro formalizes the activation of the MOU and the formation of ATC nationwide.
    (IRF is requested by DOST and PCCI to remain as acting ATC Secretariat.)

  • 2002
  • June 18: Newly appointed DOST USEC for Regional Operations Dr. Florentino O. Tesoro is briefed on ATC.
    Note: The vacancy in the office of USEC -Regional Operations has hampered the full implementation of ATC project.

    July 16: Dr. Alberto P. Fenix Jr., PCCI President Emeritus (and as Chairman of the TEST Committee, de facto ATC in-charge for PCCI) meets USEC Florentino Tesoro together with USEC Fortunato De La Pena and Mr. Cesar J. Santos of IRF.  USEC Tesoro told Dr. Fenix that, after studying the ATC concept, he was impressed with the potentials of the project. To relieve the Regional Directors of additional administrative burden caused by ATC, he is talking to the various DOST Council Heads to find ways and means to "fold-in" their "Regional consortia" into the ATC structure.
    Note: ATC is the most promising and most exciting among the current projects that IRF is advocating. Properly implemented and nurtured, there will be five (5) AREA ATCs and fifteen (15) Regional Chapters, all tirelessly working to bring technology to the countryside. Imagine!

    Through the years, IRF has gained the trust and confidence of DOST. ITDI in particular, by our sincere concern and assistance in their efforts to render better service, to the extent that we are considered as family. In appreciation, we are allowed free use of a room, complete with our own telephone. Our concerns are accepted as constructive and not meant to denigrate. IRF also is the custodian of various ITDI project funds that they entrust to us, knowing that we will be true to that trust.

    We are very proud of our standing in the DOST community but very careful to keep that trust.

    On the other hand, our Corporate membership has built up slowly until 1992 when the corporate membership stood at 55 members which number has remained up to the present. (Please refer to List B)

    Through the years, corporate membership has built up slowly up to 1992 when the corporate membership stood at 55 members which has remained up to the present.

    Although IRF has operated continuously through these years, we have not kept close touch with our corporate members. We hope to renew our old ties as well as bring in new blood that will carry on the vision of the founding fathers.