By: Rochelle Cruz

The Department of Science and Technology CALABARZON (DOST-CALABARZON) conducted the 2017 Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits (2017 RICE) last October 11-13, 2015 at Robinsons Place Dasmariñas, E. Aguinaldo Highway, City of Dasmariñas, Cavite. With the theme of “Science for the People: Fostering Invention for an Innovative Nation”, this event showcased the local inventions from inventor’s organization, senior high schools, colleges and institutions in the CALABARZON region. More than 1,400 viewers and participants witnessed this ‘Filipinovation’ event.

Engr. Raul Castañeda, PSTC Cavite Provincial Director, formally welcomed the participants. DOST-CALABARZON Regional Director Dr. Alexander Madrigal, in his opening remarks, encouraged to continuously innovate and to start creating own name to influence the local scene.

RICE is a biennial celebration of the country’s premiere S&T institution, DOST, thru the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) and the DOST Regional Offices. It provides an outlet for local inventors to feature their works and to recognize the indispensability of Filipino inventors in the Philippine society and in the landscape of national economic development. This contest also aims to provide encouragement to the country’s local inventors and to show the assistance the government can provide for special sectors like this.

Dr. Hernando Robles, Cavite State University President, inspired the participants in his message to harness the talents of the students in the field of invention and development.

After the opening program, judging of entries and deliberation followed. The judges, Dr. Freddie Bulauan, Engr. Rogelio Reyes, and Dr. Jose Tomas Cabagay, interviewed each contestant to present and demonstrate their inventions.

An intro-seminar on 3D Printing Technology was discussed by Mr. Cedric Ng, OmniFab 3D Technologies CEO, during the second day of the event. Participants from high school and college students and teachers were able to observe the live demo session of 3D Printing by Ms. Rochella Mariano of OmniFab.

On the last day of the event, two fora were conducted to increase the awareness of the students and teachers in intellectual property rights as well as to boost their creativity and to develop potential in the field of invention.
Ms. Anna Liza Saet of DOST-TAPI discussed about copyrights, trademarks, patents, utility model, industrial design, and trade secrets during the Forum on Invention Development and Intellectual Property Rights. She mentioned about some quick facts on the IP System in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the Seminar-Orientation on Invent School Program (ISP) was tackled by Ms. Mechelle Balboa of DOST-TAPI. The ISP is one of the programs and services under the Invention Development Division which involves a seminar/workshop for high school and college students as well as out-of-school youths that will create an opportunity to be interested in the field of inventing and entrepreneurship. Ms. Balboa gave a brief introduction about the program to the participants in which the participants might tap the TAPI to conduct this program in their respective schools/institutions.

The awarding and closing ceremonies were held during the afternoon session. Dr. Manuela Tolentino, OIC-Schools Division Superintendent of the City Schools Division of Dasmariñas, DepEd IV-A, gave her inspirational speech which focused on encouraging the students to engage more in invention development. It was followed by a message of appreciation from Ms. Teresita De Vera, representative of DOST-TAPI Director, Engr. Edgar Garcia.

After carefully screening and deliberating all the entries by the judges, the following are the winners on each category:

Outstanding Utility Model

1st Runner Up:
A Movement Aiding Assembly for Orthopedic Patient
Alfredo Gonzales and Marcelo Gonzales

2nd Runner Up:
Multi-Commodity Heat Pump Dryer
Lorcelie B. Taclan

Outstanding Creative Research (Likha Award)

Regional Winner:
Development and Utilization of Actinomycetes as Biocontrol Agents Against Panama Wilt Causing-Fusarium oxysporum TR4 in Cavendish Banana (ACTICon)
Irene Papa and Teofila Zulaybar

1st Runner Up:
Classified Calcium
Lyle Christian Herbosa

2nd Runner Up:
Ultra High Temperature/ High Temperature Short Time Pasteurizer for Milk, Coconut Water and other Juices
Allan De Villa, Erma Quinay, Shirley Cabrera, Donnalyn Cabaces, Maria Lourdes Balansay, Servillano Gardiano, Divina Gracia Ronquillo, Nora Magnaye, and Engr. Mary Rose Persincula

Outstanding Student Creative Research for College (Sibol Award)

Regional Winner:
MCU- Based Automatic Anti-Drunk Driving Device for Motorcycle
Jerome Arenas and Jeanie Matibag
Lyceum of the Philippines University- Batangas

1st Runner Up:
Three-Pass Enhanced Solar Desalinator with Parabolic-Through Concentrator
Romart Paulus Gerona, Ednalyn Pedrosa, Nimrod Kelvin Placino, and Milo Placino
Southern Luzon State University

2nd Runner Up:
Wheezing Inhalator
Jan Neil Olfato, John Cyrus Pedraja, and Maria Monica Angelica Garacia
First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities

Outstanding Student Creative Research for High School (Sibol Award)

Regional Winner:
Development of Low Cost Subcutaneous Vein Detector for IV Fluid Insertion (Veinuino)
Kristianne Otiong, John Michael Pacis, and John Cairu Ramirez
Rizal National Science High School

1st Runner Up:
Sound Energy Harvesting and Converting Device
James Loius de Luna, Butch Malicsi, Ma. Angelica Claire Florida, Melvin Boco, and Salvador de Guzman
Tagaytay City Science National High School

2nd Runner Up:
Locate Alert Bot
Patricia dela Peña and Claude Simon Naco
Colegio de San Juan de Letran – Calamba

All winners received certificates and cash prizes while the regional winners will represent the CALABARZON region in the National Invention Contests and Exhibits (NICE) next year.