Ilocandia's best technologies on parade atNorth Luzon S&T weekWednesday, August 08, 2012 02:05 AM Views : 412Framelia V. Anonas S&T Media Service
The ingenuity, resourcefulness, and innovation of the people at Ilocandiajazzed up the 2012 National Science and Technology Week Northern Luzon Cluster at the Mariano Marcos State University in Batac, Ilocos Norte. Called simply as NSTW, the event features the latest technologies, R&D projects, services, and others of the local S&T community.
The cluster is composed of Regions 1-2 and the Cordillera Administrative Region. This is the fourth NSTW held by the cluster, and the third time with MMSU as host.
"Ilocandia has very talented people," DOST Region 1 Director Elsa Chan said, as she mentioned that some major winners in the recent National Invention Contest and Exhibit or NICE came from the region.
Outstanding inventions and researches from the Ilocandia
Dr. Stanley C. Malab and Jose A. Zafaralla of the Mariano Marcos State University inBatac, Ilocos Norte bagged the NICE Outstanding Utility Model for their engineered kawayan(bamboo) splitting machine that can produce straight and uniform-width bamboo splits for high-end uses such as handicraft, furniture-making, and house construction.
Another first place winner is Romulfo C. Sanchez of the Nueva Vizcaya State University, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya who clinched the Outstanding Industrial Design for his utility ladderthat can be converted into chair and iron stand.
Even Ilocandia students showed they can be at the top of the heap in research competitions. Chiqui Kate S. Orduna, a student of the University of Baguio Science High School in Baguio City, bagged the Outstanding Student Creative Research or the Sibol Award for the high school level for her research on biomimetics. This isan ultrasound guide for the blind that can detect blockages about three feet away, warning the user of potential obstacles by producing a sound through an earphone. For her research, Orduna also received cash prize from the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc.
In the same category, the third prize also went to another Ilocandia youth, Mary CherubinAdelaida M. Cruz of the Philippine Science High School - Ilocos Region Campus in San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur for her research on the production of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) using fish scales as nitrogen sources for the production of plastic-like degradable material. Cruz's research also received cash prize from the FFCCCI.
Meanwhile, Sonia Saley and her group won third place in the Outstanding Student Creative Research or the Sibol Award for college level for the research on micro-controller based breath analyzer that can disable the ignition of the car when the driver's breath has at least 0.08 blood alcohol content or near the illegal level of intoxication. These students of the St. Louis University in Baguio City also received a certificate of recognition from the Philippine Development Alternatives Foundation Inc. and cash prize from theFFCCCII.
Ilocandia's best through S&T intervention
The weeklong regional event drew in guests and viewers from Batac and other nearby cities, towns, and provinces. The main auditorium featured the exhibits of various agencies and offices of the Department of Science and Technology, as well as its partner institutions.
Viewers lingered at the centerpiece featuring the HITS, or the High Impact Technology Solutions, the key DOST projects that aim to address several pressing problems of the country. These technologies include the Automated Guideway Transit, a train-type of public transportation that operates on a single rail; complementary foods that are designed to provide more nutrients to babies 6-35 months old; the Mosquito Ovicidal-Larvicidal of OL Trap that kills eggs and larvae of mosquitoes that carry the dengue virus; and other projects.
One special feature of the exhibit was the display of Ilocandia's products supported by DOST's Small Entrepreneurs Technology Upgrading Program that provides a package of intervention to businesses, such as technology upgrading, training, and consultation services.SETUP-supportedenterprises in the agriculture, food processing and furniture sectors were some of the most visited booths in the fair for the innovation in their products and services. These SETUP beneficiaries used DOST-recommended technologies and procedures which improved their production, resulting in higher income and more jobs generated in their respective communities.
The annual NSTW is held to instill awareness and appreciation of the people on science and technology. It features innovations on products and services to improve the people's quality of life. It also serves as venue for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and researchers to meet together for possible business deals.
According to Dr. Miriam Pascua, MMSU president, the NSTW conveys "a very strong message that science is for all."
"What we (science community) do is of little significance if we are not able to communicate it to the people," she said.