My sked for today includes a meeting at 9 a.m. with the Davao City Chamber of Commerce & Industry and a consultant of the Civil Aviation Authority on the proposal to convert into a cargo and trade hub the old airport facilities at Sasa.
The old airport is idle for the past four years now and is deteriorating into disrepair. During the 8th Davao City Business Conference hosted by the Chamber last July, a Resolution was approved to convince national authorities to develop the old airport into a cargo-cum-trade center. In turn, the City Council endorsed the request to the Department of Transportation & Communication.
We are happy that the CAA has sent a consultant to make an initial study.
At 6 p.m. tonight, I am meeting the officers and members of the Davao Inventors Association and the Mindanao Inventors Society. Finally, our efforts for the establishment of a branch of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) here in Mindanao are coming to fruition.
The IPO office will open on October 21 at the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) Regional office along corner Monteverde and Sales Sts.
I authored the City Council Resolution on this regard two years ago to help our many talented local inventors to register their studies and inventions with trademarks, patents and licenses. It was prohibitive for them to travel to Manila and hire Manila lawyers to assist them in registering their works.
This IPO office here would now make it more accessible and affordable for them to gain patents for their inventions.