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UPLB one-stop shop opens on campus

Shopping for UPLB products is now easier and more convenient with the opening of the UPLB Techno Hub and One-Stop Shop. The shop offers various products from UPLB’s different research centers and units.

Some products that can be bought from the shop are ready-to-eat food products like UPLB’s signature chocolate milk, kesong puti, and other dairy products from the Dairy Training and Research Institute; honey and honey-based products from the UPLB Bee Program; and fruit wines and juices from the Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Visitors can also buy corn grits, and various planting materials like fruits, seeds, and SNAP nutrient solutions from the Institute of Plant Breeding; Cocosilk specialty soaps and biofertilizers like Mykovam from the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology; and UP merchandise from the UPLB Alumni Association.

The UPLB Techno Hub and One-Stop Shop was reopened on July 22 as the venue for EXPE EXPO 2022. It was initially launched on March 4 and 7 as the home of UPLB AGORA during the University’s 113th Foundation Day celebration and is funded by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research. 

It is located beside Baker Hall and is open from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm, and Saturdays, from 6am to 11am.

Immersive exhibits, innovative products 

The EXPE EXPO 2022 held at the Charles Fuller Baker Hall exhibited UPLB technologies and local commodities from Laguna. Unlike regular exhibits, the EXPE EXPO allowed visitors to enjoy and experience the products and services as they entered the doors of the exhibit area.   

It featured UPLB products from various research units and showcased the services and products of UPLB alumni and micro, small and medium-scale enterprises that are assisted by UPLB and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). 

The exhibition also features the ‘pride’ commodities of One Town, One Product (OTOP) entrepreneurs, or ‘OTOPreneurs,’ in Laguna under the OTOP Philippines, a priority stimulus program for MSMEs spearheaded by DTI.

With a promise of offering visitors a first-hand experience and enjoyment of products from DTI and the UPLB community, the exhibitors prepared various displays, samples, prototypes, demonstrations, games, and other activities for the event.

The expo was highlighted with a ceremonial signing of a Memorandum of Agreement to establish the UPLB OTOP – the first station to be built in a higher education institution. 

The event also featured a MSME Program which was attended by UPLB officials and DTI contingents.

EXPE EXPO 2022 is described as an AGORA of ideas, products, services, and experience,’ and takes inspiration from UPLB’s current research and extension agenda known as Accelerating Growth Through One Research and Extension in Action or AGORA.

The expo was graced by DTI officials led by DTI Undersecretary Blesila A. Lantayona, representing former UP president and now DTI Secretary Alfredo E. Pascual, and UPLB officials led by Chancellor Jose V. Camacho, Jr.. 

The event is organized by the UPLB Business Affairs Office, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension and the Office of Alumni Relations.

For more information, visit the Facebook pages of BAO and OVCRE. (Harlene May Viesca and Ana Margarita Palma)

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