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It was a big success for the celebration in Region 2 of the Dept. of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Regional Inventions, Contests and Exhibits (RICE), held in Robinsons Place Tuguegarao City in Cagayan Valley, Aug. 26-29, 2019.

In all, it could be summed up that DOST officials underscored the need to intensify research and development in science, technology and innovation (STI), “because scientific invention is the mother of economic development.”

Region 2 DOST director, Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang, who spearheaded the once every 2 years celebration, said that science has a significant role in the global economic development and stressed the need for more researchers, engineers  and scientists, especially in the agricultural sector.

He also announced that the Philippines has upped its rank in the Global Innovation Index (GII) to 54 from last year’s 73 of the 124 countries ranked. “Thus making the Filipinos more innovative and globally competitive,” Mabborang proudly said.

The GII yearly “measures” the status of science innovation of each country worldwide. “Gone were the days na sinasabi na tayong mga Pilipino ay laging nasa huli,” Mabborang lamented.

This year’s RICE has attracted more participants and entries with 162, compared to last year’s. There are five categories in the RICE contest: The Outstanding Invention or Tuklas Award, Outstanding Utility Model, Outstanding Industrial Design, Outstanding Creative Research or Likha Award, Outstanding Student Creative Research or Sibol Award both for high school and college students.

Winners from each category will qualify as finalists for the National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) in 2020.

Mabborang further promised and assured that winners in the contest will be fully supported by DOST and their inventions “polished” to be commercially available.

RICE has been one of the initiatives of the Technology  Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) in showcasing the ingenuity of Filipino inventors “who have developed high impact technologies beneficial to the society. The contest has likewise been  a “national quest to look for the best and brightest inventors in line with our endeavors, excellence and comprehensive invention and innovative expansion,” according to TAPI director, Engr. Edgar Garcia, who had his speech delivered through a representative.

RICE is mandated under RA 7459, otherwise known as the “Inventors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines.” The contest actually recognizes the indispensability of local inventors and innovators as contributors for national economic development by providing them encouragement through forms of cash rewards, certificates, and plaques. Francisco “Popoy” Pagayon, president of the Filipino Inventors Society Producers Cooperatives (FISPC) is one of this year’s RICE’s judges in the Region 2 competition.

RICE, an event conducted once every two years led by DOST thru TAPI, was meant to give recognition to the best researches and innovations in the region. In addition, RICE aimed to promote the Science and Technology programs and incentives for local inventors and researchers.

The regional competition serves as the qualifying round for the National Invention Contest next year.

Region 2 RICE winners

Below is the list of winners in each category: Likha Award (Creative Research), Regional Winner, Title: Biomass Briquetting Machine, Researchers: Joel M. Alcaraz, Cesar B. Mangadap, Conrad B. Reyes from Isabela State University – Echague Campus, San Fabian, Echague, Isabela.

For 1st Runner up in the same category, Title: Multi-Grain Milling/Grinding Machine, Researchers: Cesar B. Mangadap, Conrad B. Reyes from Isabela State University- Echague Campus, San Fabian, Echague, Isabela.

For 2nd Runner up, Title: Ivatan Beer from Sweet Potato, Researcher: Leobert Banzali from Batanes State College, San Antonio, Basco, Batanes.

Next category is Sibol Award or the Student Creative Research for College, Regional Winner Title: Self-Service Check-Out System for Groceries, Researchers: Christian C. Balagtas, Ronica G. Buraga, Jhosa Mae P. Martin from University with adviser Ertie Abana of Saint Louis, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

1st Runner up in similar category, Title: E-Maize-ing: An electronic Maize Trading, Researchers: Mark Anthony A. Lazo, Janet R. Lara with Ertie Abana as adviser from the University of Saint Louis, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

2nd Runner up, Title: Design, Construction and Testing of Portable Power Bank, Researchers: John Jay Lord C. Lara, Afredo S. Tolentino, Noemi S. Dingan and Ertie Abana as adviser from the University of San Louis, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

For Sibol Award or Student Creative Research for High School, Regional winner, Title: RADICA, a Multi-Functional intelligence Robot Using Raspberry Pi Microprocessor and Voice Command, Researchers: Joshua D. Gallas, Katrina L. Sia, Janica M. Andaya with their advisers Peter John R. Bacani, Lilybeth R. Castro, Jessie Jane P. Sibbaluca from Lanna National High School, Malamag Tumauini, Isabela.

1st Runner up, Title: Automated Acidity, Moisture and Active Land Component Monitoring System for Quality Control, Cropping and Maintaining Arable Land, Researcher: Lin Andre’ Jan T. Vitin with his adviser Enrique M. Garica Jr. from Cagayan National High School, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

2nd Runner Up, Title: SIKLAB, a Portable Self-Energizing Generator with Voltage Monitoring System, Researchers: Clarence Angelo P. Bagay, Guiller Dartin L. Canapi, Jovan C. Dela Cruz, Ivan Benedict G. Pagaddu and Ma. Bethany Menionette M. Balanon with their adviser John Erick S. Durian of the Tuguegarao City Science High School, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

For category Outstanding Utility Model (UM), Regional winner under Registration No. UM-2-2018-000414, Title: Biomass Rotary Seiver, Researchers: Joel M. Alcaraz, Paul B. Pablo from Isabela State University- Echague Campus, San Fabian, Echague, Isabela.

1st Runner Up under Reg. No. UM-2-2016-000129. Title: Ready-to-Eat Chevon Curry, Makers: Fredisminda M. Dolojan, Isabel F. Salvador from Quirino State University, Diffun Quirino.

2nd Runner Up, under Re. No. UM-2-2018-000355, Title: Cane Type Magnetic Sand Collector, Maker: Joel M. Alcaraz from Isabela State University.

For Outstanding Industrial Design, Regional Winner with Reg. No. ID-3-2018-000368, Title: Apparatus for Chipping, Shredding and Decorticating, Designers: Joel M. Alcaraz, Cesar B. Mangadap from Isabela State University – Echague Campus, San Fabian, Echague, Isabela

1st Runner Up under Reg. No. ID-3-2018-000364, Title: Cassava Chipper with Tumbler, Designers: Joel M. Alcaraz, Conrad B. Reyes from Isabela State University – Echague Campus, San Fabian, Echague, Isabela.

2nd Runner Up, under Reg. No. ID-3-2016-001165, Title: Apparatus for Dog Bathing Grooming and Transporting , Designers: Romeo G. Seguban, Charles Joseph Ceazar M. Seguban, Armand Francis Ruma, Carina L. Vidania. Lalaine M. Nerona, Ma. Jessica M. Bacquel from Isabela State University- Cauayan Campus.- Janet Rebusio-Ducayag/Nelson S. Santos

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