Amid the pandemic, the Department of Science and Technology-MIMAROPA (DOST-MIMAROPA) and the DOST-Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) virtually showcased the ingenuity of the region’s local inventors and researchers at the 2021 MIMAROPA Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) last August 10-12, 2021.

“The theme of this year’s RICE is “Imbensyon at Inobasyon Para sa Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaayusan at Kinabukasan” which aims to highlight the role of science, technology, and innovation in shaping prosperity and sustainability in different sectors of the society— most especially at a time where lives are disrupted and threatened by the current health crisis,” said DOST-MIMAROPA Regional Director Dr. Ma. Josefina P. Abilay in her opening message.

DOST-MIMAROPA Regional Director Dr. Ma Josefina P. Abilay as she delivers her opening remarks

This year, the agencies received 65 entries for three of the six contest categories and 11 of which proceeded as regional finalists after the preliminary judging held last month. Below were the entries declared regional winners:

Outstanding Utility Model

Second Place: “A Convertible Distillation Apparatus” by Henley Galiga of Romblon State University

The second prize in the Unlad Award for Outstanding Utility Model category went to Henley F. Galiga who currently works as an Assistant Professor II at the Romblon State University (RSU).

 

 

Outstanding Creative Research

First Place: “GL-AA Antibac Solution” by Romnick Ureta of Bansud National High School-Regional Science High School

Second Place: “A Process of Producing Coconut Rhinoceros Larvae Noodle” by Mischelle Puntod, Romnick Ureta, and Siegfred Mejico of Bansud National High School-Regional Science High School

Third Place: “Enhancing the Operation and Acceptability Evaluation of an Electric and Gasoline Powered Tiger Grass Pollen Remover Machine” by Virne Dalisay and Bilshan Servaňez of Romblon State University

Faculty-researchers from the Bansud National High School-Regional Science High School (BNHS-RSHS) bagged the first and second prizes in the LIKHA Award for Outstanding Creative Research. Placing third were faculty-researchers from the Romblon State University (RSU).

 

Outstanding Student Creative Research for High School (SIBOL-HS)

First Place: “PECSAN: Development and Characterization of Pectin/Chitosan-Based Film Derived from Mucilaginous Substance of Nalta Jute and Long-Spined Sea Urchin Exoskeleton Wastes” by Mary Faith Hernandez, Nelissa Merrycon Marasigan, Franklin Razon of  Bansud National High School-Regional Science High School (BNHS-RSHS)

Second Place: “Growth and Survival of Holuthuria Scabra (Sandfish Sea Cucumber) under Controlled Aqua Farming Using Seaweeds, Seagrass and Artificial Feeds as Diet” by Zelene Asignacion, Bridgette Ace Militar, Marivie Rioflorido of Bansud National High School-Regional Science High School

Third Place: “SOTERIA: A Risk Preventive Mesh Wireless Fidelity System” by Raybert Cruz of Narra National High School

Students from the Bansud National High School-Regional Science High School (BNHS-RSHS) won the first and second prizes in the SIBOL Award for Outstanding High School Student Creative Research. The third prize went to Narra National High School.

Winners received cash prizes and certificates. First-place winners will also represent MIMAROPA to the National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) in 2022.

Before the final round, finalists also competed for the Best Video Presentation award which also served as a main criterion for the final round. Entries with the top three highest engagement rates were also awarded cash prizes up to P15,000.

“I admire the interest of the young bloods in STI. May you keep the passion burning and continue the legacy that your predecessors have established. Your chosen path gives us hope that all our hard work and aspirations will never be put to waste,” exclaimed DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations Sancho Mabborang during the closing and awarding ceremony.

DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations Sancho Mabborang during the closing ceremonies

According to Secretary Fortunato de la Peña, the event is among the initiatives of the DOST that intend to continue giving importance to the role of the local researchers and inventors by supporting their capabilities in producing intellectual properties and commercializing their inventions to improve the lives of many Filipinos.

Ways Forward for Local Inventions and Innovations

The resource persons addressed the questions from the audience during the open forum for the “Opportunities for Inventions and Innovations: Protecting and Commercializing Your Ideas” last August 11, 2021.

As part of the event, DOST-MIMAROPA conducted a forum entitled “Opportunities for Inventions and Innovations: Protecting and Commercializing Your Ideas” to help inventors and researchers in protecting and commercializing their research outputs. Speakers from different institutions discussed the intellectual property system and its importance as well as the various available programs, services, and facilities that could help bring inventions to the market.

On the other hand, DOST-MIMAROPA also announced that it will be leading a new initiative called the “Transforming R&D Outputs into Innovations through Technopreneurship and Customer Validation” or “TransDI” Which will run from September 2021 to April 2022.

The initiative aims to fully capacitate willing and interested RICE winners by providing technopreneurship training to develop technopreneurial capability; give assistance to patent searching and patent drafting to facilitate application for IP protection of technologies/entries and provide an avenue to link with potential adoptor-investors and to relevant/appropriate programs of DOST and their respective SUCs.

“Gusto natin na hindi lang tumigil lang dito ang kanilang pagiging malikhain. Kailangang mapakinabangan din ng society ang kanilang mga nilikha. Nilalayon natin na sana ay mapagkakitaan nila ang kanilang imbensyon para maging inobasyon,” Dr. Abilay said.

On the other hand, DOST-TAPI also said that non-winners of this year’s RICE can still request assistance from the agency to further develop their inventions and innovations.

“Hindi namin sila nililimitahan. Even if they are not winners, pwede sila matulungan ng TAPI. Kung anong assistance ang ibibigay natin sa winners ay iyon din ang ma-i-apply namin sa kanila lalo na kung nakikita namin na malaki ang potential,” explained DOST-TAPI officer-in-charge (OIC) Romeo Javate.