The entry of Alice Bayle, Brent Altero and Emmanuel Benzon, the eco - friendly physical light trap is cheap, easy to fabricate, portable, durable and easy to operate. Two solar powered light traps attract the rice insects then a blower strike them down into a collection chamber where they will remain trapped.
Bayle, Altero and Benzon were awarded with a certificate of recognition, P20, 000 cash prize and the right to represent the Cordillera region in the 2020 National Invention Contest and Exhibit (NICE) SIBOL Award - High School category.
For the SIBOL Award -Student Creative Research for College, the “Cognitime: Microcontroller-based Reaction and Movement Time Measuring Device for the Qualitative Assessment of Human Cognitive Function” entry of Saint Louis University students Sundee Aniver P. Marquez, Charles Rex S. Tamayo, Jayves DJ Macuha, Harold Jim Bugtong and Kurt Estocada was adjudged the regional winner.
For LIKHA Award (Creative Research) – Government Funded category, regional winner is the Cocoon Deflossing Machine invention of Norma Ramos, Espino Tiw – An and Leonardo Dumalhin of the Benguet State University.
For the LIKHA Award – Private Funded category, the “Double Load Radial Roller Bearing” by Inoc Broncano of the University of Baguio won.
For the Outstanding Utility Model category, regional winner is the Calamansi Peepling Cookies by Lynlyn Bawagan, Leah Bartolome and Arsenia Bayongan of Kalinga State University.
Regional winners from each category will qualify as finalists for the NICE in 2020.
Member of the Board of judges for the 2019 RICE are Virginia Aumentado and Maria Concepcion Zabala of Intellectual Property Office – Philippines, Norberto Ambaga of DOST – ITDA, Rolando Hipol of University of the Philippines – Baguio, Vhander Ramos of DOST – ASTI and Leonardo Caligtan of PLGU Mountain Province.
DOST – CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog, in her keynote message during the closing and awarding ceremony expressed their deepest appreciation to provincial government of Mountain Province, the host school, their other partner agencies/institutions and all the participating entries for the successful staging of RICE 2019. Despite being conducted outside of Baguio City, it got overwhelming support with 105 entries, more than double the 51 entries in 2017.
“I believe that appreciation to science, technology and innovation activities among the students, researchers and inventors is increasing thus harnessing your creativity, inventiveness and science enthusiasm in coming up with these outputs… better products, better processes and innovative ideas,” she said.
Bantog also called for a continuing partnership in bringing science for the people as a driver of inclusive development.
“Inventions should always be solutions to problems of the general public or for the industry among others and while there is a need there must be inventions. While there are users, you still have lots to do in coming up with new and improved things,” Bantog added.
The RICE/NICE is an every two– year event of DOST and its attached agency, Technology Application and Promotion Institute(TAPI), to give recognition to the indispensable talent of Filipino inventors and to encourage others to venture into science and technology and innovations. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar