DOST-NCR's Inventors Win Top Prizes in National Inventors' Tilt

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 12:00 AM    Views : 1585by:Edgilyn Alcasid

Continuing a proud tradition, inventors from the National Capital Region again won top prizes in this year's National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) which was held last July 31, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center.  

A bi-annual competition organized by the Department of Science and Technology's Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI), NICE not only implements RA 7459 which seeks to assist Filipino inventors, but also encourages research and creativity among student and professional researchers and inventors. 

NICE is also a competition among the bests as the finalists are already all winners in their own rights in their respective regions in the following categories: Invention Category (Tuklas Award), Utility Model Category, Industrial Design Category, Creative Research Category (Likha Award), and Student Creative Research Category (Sibol Award) for both High School and College levels.

The winners for each category were selected based on the invention's commercial viability, presentation and demonstration, uniqueness, and degree of development, among others.

NCR's Big Winners

NCR's qualifiers from the 2015 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits for the National Capital Region (RICE-NCR) bagged four out of the six top awards in this year's NICE.

Mr. Daniel A. Camacho's "Green Eco-Toilet System" won the first place in the Outstanding Utility Model Category. His invention, dubbed as "GETS", was developed with the aim of reducing water consumption through the use of greywater to flush toilets. This means that instead of disposing of water that was used for bathing and hand-washing, the water will be saved to flush the toilet and thus prevent water wastage. GETS is seen as an effective and unique water conservation system that can ensure water supply for future generations.

Another invention from Metro Manila that won first prize in the competition was "Model 3 Solar Powered Road Marker" by Mr. Percival G. Barba under the Outstanding Industrial Design category. The invention aims to promote road safety through a solar-powered illuminating road marker. At present, his invention is already being used in various communities nationwide as a road safety device lighting up stretches of highways and bridges.

Meanwhile, Dr. Mary Beth B. Maningas bagged the second prize for her "LAMP Primers for White Spot Syndrome Virus" invention under the Outstanding Creative Research category. The device involves "loop-mediated isothermal amplification" (LAMP) to detect viral and bacterial pathogens. The invention is being eyed to serve as a practical alternative that can detect shrimp pathogens and help prevent shrimp disease outbreaks in the Philippines.

Also doing NCR proud was Mr. Eduardo P. Urcia who won third prize under the Outstanding Invention Award category, for his "Pre-Cast Composite Block-Panel with Assembly of Recycled Cylindrical Cardboard Roll in-fill" invention. His invention uses recycled paper in the form of cylindrical cardboard rolls as a material to create new building design options. The cardboard rolls are used to fill in the void inside cement sand mix panels or even floor boards. The invention is identified to enable the creation of extended or curved roof, reduction of labor cost and elimination of form works use. 

DOST-NCR is looking to duplicate this impressive victory in the next National Inventions Contest and Exhibits in 2018. DOST-NCR also salutes all the other winners and finalists of the 2016 NICE which again underscored the world class ingenuity of Filipinos.

With its goal of "Spearheading Technological Innovations in the Metropolis", DOST-NCR greatly supports innovations made by Filipino inventors. As such, it continues to provide technical assistance and Intellectual Property assistance to inventors and innovators, especially those based in Metro Manila.

This early, DOST-NCR is already encouraging young inventors to get ready for the Regional Inventions Contest and Exhibits for NCR which will be held next year. DOST-NCR, in the meantime, remains keen in providing support to more Filipinos to ensure a conducive climate for innovation.


S & T Trivia

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