Issue of September 2, 2018
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2 Cordilleran innovators win in national invention competition
by PIA release

Cordillerans have proven once again their creativity and ingenuity with two regional finalists winning in the National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) held last Aug. 14 to 16 at Le Pavillon Metropolitan Park, Pasay City.

Engr. Rodrigo Duque of Marcoville, Baguio City emerged the winner in the Outstanding Utility Model Category for his invention called “Portable uni-housed water purification and sterilization apparatus.”

For the SIBOL (Outstanding Creative Research) College Category, the “Façade-integrated fog collector: A supplementary residential water supply” of a group of Saint Louis University students won second place.

The creative research of SLU Architecture students Jireh Grace Pihoc, Jay-arr Urbano, John Carlo Marquez, Julienne Cristy Saiwan, Reina Joy Alip, Sydneton Barri As-il, and Mica Joy Baldonado delved into harvesting “fog.”

Duque’s utility model aims to address the problem of potable water in times of disasters as his portable apparatus provides instant source of safe drinking water from utility source, deepwell, rain, spring, or river water using special filtration process to remove water contaminants and sterilization using ozone/ultraviolet advance oxidation process, killing all types of bacteria and viruses, and oxidizing chemical contaminants.

Powered by 12 volts DV car battery and housed in a heavy duty, water proof and shock resistant carrying case with heavy duty handles, door locks and wheels, the apparatus can be carried by two persons to a disaster site.

Duque was awarded with a World Intellectual Property Organization medal and P200,000.

The Utility Model Category refers to “any technological solutions of a problem in any field of human activity which is new and industrially applicable.”

The SLU student group’s creative research involves the collection of “fog” as an alternative and economical water source that can also help in ensuring sustainable water supply capacity amidst the growing demand through innovation of alternative utilities adapting nature’s mechanism.

In the experimental for exploration studies performed by the group in two project sites, the study showed predicted yields of 66 to 95 liters per month in Irisan, Baguio City and 40 to 88 liters per month in Kabuyao, Tuba, Benguet.

The SLU group received a certificate of participation and P50,000 for the members’ work.

Cordillera has two more regional entries in the 2018 NICE, the “Bantay Krimen: A real time crime prevention information system” by Nathaniel Lubrica of the University of the Cordilleras for the LIKHA Creative Research category; and the “Remote monitoring device for household lighting systems and charging gadgets” of Ellen Rose Banglayan and Apple Faith Lapangan of Easter College Incorporated for the SIBOL High School category.

DOST Regional Director Nancy Bantog lauded the region’s performance in the 2018 NICE as she challenged the region’s researchers and inventors to continue pushing for science and technology and innovations as a driver of development for the region.

The entries and participants in the 2018 NICE were the winners in the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits conducted in 2017 by the different DOST regional offices in partnership with Techno-logy Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI).

The DOST-TAPI-led annual contests aim  to recognize Filipino inventors and highlight their role in nation building as well as to increase awareness on the value of S&T and innovation on the socio-economic growth of every Filipino family and community especially in the countryside. 

This is pursuant to Republic Act 7459 or the Investors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines.

As Bantog acknowledged the growing number of Cordillerans joining R&Ds, innovations, and invention contests/exhibits, she assured that DOST will continue to provide support to research and development through establishments of innovation centers and capacity building activities in the region.

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