ILOILO CITY, Sept. 7, (PIA6) - - Four out of the 108 inventions and researches that competed in the 2013 Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits (RICE) held here in this city stood out and will advance to the national level after they were declared regional winners in their respective categories.
Elmer Vincent Abella of Iloilo City and his entry entitled “Side Car Body for Tricycle” won the Industrial Design category while Bebe Ozaraga, Ma. Sylvia Ozaraga and Maryneth Barrios’s entry “Ethnobotanical Anthelmintic for Free Range Native Chicken” topped the Creative Research category or Likha Award.
The team of Patrick Pasaquin, Krezyl Anne Gabrilla and Jacinette Reyes of Central Philippine University and their entry entitled “Microcontroller-based Electrochemical Sensing Device for Soil acidity and nitrate level with fertilizer application rate calculators bested 20 other entries for the Student Creative Research category or Sibol Award college level.
The students of Negros Occidental High School namely Nicole Tajanlangit, Jenelyn Tuhao and Philip Andrew Ilejay and their entry “Pedal Driven Mobile Paper for Recycle for Charcoal Production” got the judges nods out of the other 54 entries that participated in the Sibol Award for high school.
Each of the regional winners took home P20,000 cash prize, a certificate and a trophy during the awarding and closing ceremonies of this year’s RICE anchored in the theme, “Inventions and Innovations for Smarter Philippines”.
In her message during the closing ceremonies, DOST 6 Officer-in-Charge Dr. Emelyn Flores assured participants that the DOST will continue to support and encourage their creative minds with the better way of doing things towards the quest for a smarter Philippines.
“Let us join our hands together for coming up with the products of your minds – inventions and researches or innovations that can drive our economy to have a better place to live in,” said Flores.
The judges for the 2013 RICE were Engr. Zinnia Teruel, Joenell Projillo and Franklin Carbon for Group A and DTI-Iloilo Director Wilhelm Malones, Mr. Roselyn Usero and Allen Son Tan for Group B. (JCM/LAF/PIA6)