The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region V in cooperation with the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) have once again successfully conducted the Bicol Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (BRICE) on 01-03 October 2013 at The Event Center, SM City, Naga City. A total of fifty (50) regional entries competed in five (5) categories namely: Outstanding Invention (Tuklas Award); Outstanding Utility Model; Outstanding Creative Research (Likha Award) and Outstanding Student Creative Research (Sibol Award) for College and High School.

 

Highlighting the theme “Inventions and Innovations for Smarter Philippines”, this three day activity brought together local inventors, designers, makers, researchers, potential investors and heads/representatives from partner-institutions. It also served as a fitting venue to stimulate, encourage and recognize the inventiveness and ingenuity of Bicolanos.

Hon. John G. Bongat, City Mayor, Naga City; Hon. Miguel R. Villafuerte, Governor, Province of Camarines Sur, represented by Mr. Pol Maleniza; Hon. Maria Leonor G. Robredo, Congresswoman, 3rd District, Camarines, represented by Mr. Jonas Soltes; Dir. Tomas B. Briňas, Regional Director, DOST V, Dr. Erlinda C. Relucio, President, Bicolano Inventors Society (BIS); agency officials and representatives of SUCs/academe, Department of Education and various government agencies graced the opening ceremonies.

Mayor Bongat challenged the inventors and innovators to make their outputs affordable and within the reach of more Bicolanos. Likewise, Mr. Soltes emphasized that DOST has long been a reliable partner in delivering responsive S&T programs and services. Meanwhile, Mr. Maleniza reaffirms Gov. Villafuerte’s commitment in implementing development projects for the benefit of people in Camarines Sur.

“Being an inventor is not easy as other people may think for inventors continuously push the boundaries of possibly turning a theory into a reality. They usually conduct researches at their own time, pace and resources”, Dir. Briňas said during the opening ceremonies.

Further, he mentioned some Bicolano inventors, researchers and scientists who contributed much to enhance the living condition not only of fellow Bicolonos but also of Filipino people, in general. As such, there have to be more inventors and innovators whose ingenuity and creativity could lead to the creation and development of functional and commerciable products and processes.

With consistent Bicolano national winners in 2009, 2010 and 2011 National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE), this year’s BRICE recognized Bicolano Winners in 2012 NICE during the opening ceremonies. Mr. Alfred John M. Malinis, former student of Polangui General Comprehensive High School, now a student of Bicol University College of Business Economics and Management was awarded the special citation by the Philippine Alternatives Foundation Inc and received P50,000 cash prize for his winning entry entitled “Abaca Wastes Profile: Basis for Innovation Technologies”. Mrs. Evelyn Espinas, research adviser also received the plaque of appreciation.

The two-day judging of entries was done in accordance with the DOST-TAPI contest rules and mechanics. The panel of judges for this year’s BRICE consisted of: 1) Engr. Arman P. Bionat, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Operations , DOST-NCR as Chairperson; 2) Dr. Yolanda M. Castroverde, Research Director, University of Nueva Caceres; 3) Mr. Gil G. Manalo, OIC, Farm Operations Divison, Philippine Coconut Authority Region V-Albay Research Center and 4) Ms. Edna Tejada, Provincial Director, DTI-Camarines Sur.

The regional winners are as follows:

Invention Category (Tuklas Award)

1st Runner Up
Title: Pili Nut Cracking Machine
Inventors: Arnulfo P. Malinis
Estrella A. Calpe
School: Bicol University
Address: Legazpi City

Utility Model Category
Title: Portable Hydraulic Press-Pipe Bender
Makers: Michael Barbecho
Romeo B. Morcilla
Neonita B. Palmaria
Erlinda P. Orgaya
School: Partido State University – Tinambac Campus
Address: Tinambac, Camarines Sur
School: Bicol University College of Industrial Technology
Maker: Nicanor B. Balbin

1st Runner Up
Title: Multisystem Automotive Engine Electrical Trainer
Maker: Nicanor B. Balbin
School: Bicol University College of Industrial Technology
Address: Legazpi City

2nd Runner Up
Title: Lemon Grass (andropogoncitratus) Health Drinks
Formulation and Process of Producing the same
Maker: Leonora Lanuzo
School: Bicol University Polangui Campus
Address: Polangui, Albay

Creative Research Category (Likha Award)

Regional Winner
Title: Pilinut Cracker
Researcher: Jose Joel O. Oliva
School: Naga City Science High School
Address: Naga City

1st Runner Up
Title: 10 in 1 Digital Scholastic Information Management System
(Recording and Safe Keeping)
Researchers: Abner A. Rivera
Sanny O. Aga
Institution: DepEd – Pili Division Office
Address: San Jose ,Pili, Camarines Sur

2nd Runner Up
Title: Portable Solar Powered Emergency Light
Researchers: Michael C. Barbecho
Romeo B. Morcilla
Neonita B. Palmaria
Jimcel P. Pecaso
School: Partido State University – Tinambac Campus
Address: Tinambac, Camarines Sur

Student Creative Research Category for College (Sibol Award)

Regional Winner
Title: Automated Electronic Unidirectional (AEU) Transport
System for the Blind
Researchers: David B. Robles
Christian C. Cavita
Anthony James E. Pamil
Bennyvic Joyce J. Esguerra
Ma. Ivy S. Aragon
School: Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology
Address: Naga City

1st Runner Up
Title: Vehicular Accident Locator via GSM and GPS
Researchers: Christian Nico B. Bismonte
Hector N. Oliveros
Francis John B. Siares
School: Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges
Address: Nabua, Camarines Sur

2nd Runner Up
Title: Bluetooth Controlled Wheelchair
Researchers: Jay Billy B. Enimedez
Lovely R. Lozande
Janice B. Rabusa
School: Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges
Address: Nabua, Camarines Sur

Student Creative Research Category for High School (Sibol Award)

Regional Winner
Title: Ell Grasslike Beaked Rush as Substitute Fiberglass Component
Researchers: Maria Angelica H. Betito
Harry P. Chavez
Reymond Ian T. Morata
Ma. Theresa D. Ipo
Kathleen Joy M. Bongon
Hilda Antonia A. Nique
Angelica G. Padua
Frank Ian N. Sanao
School: Naga City Science High School
Address: Naga City

1st Runner Up
Title: The Potential of Tabog-Tabog(Ficus nota) as Source of Biofuel
Researchers: Alec Louise A. Estacio
Erika C. Jebulan
School: Tabaco National High School
Address: Tabaco City

2nd Runner Up
Title: Kulo (Artocarpusaltilis) Core and Sap: Potential Adsorbent
for Lead Contaminated Water
Researchers: Rizza Mae B. Burac
Liezle Joy N. Llorera
Lira Mae S. Mendoza
School: Tabaco National High School
Address: Tabaco City

The 1st runner-up of the Outstanding Invention received P12,000 and certificate. However, regional winners, 1st and 2nd runners-up for the other categories received certificates and cash prizes amounting to P16,000, P10,000, and P5,000 , respectively. Engr. Edgar I. Garcia, Director, TAPI, Dr. Erlinda C. Relucio, Dean, BUCIT, and Dir. Briňas led the awarding of prizes and certificates. The four (4) regional winners shall advance and represent Bicol region in the 2014 National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE).

In his closing message, Engr. Garcia shared that the conduct of this activity is embodied in Republic Act 7459 also known as “Investors and Invention Incentive Act of the Philippines”. It serves as starting ground for local inventors, innovators and researchers to promote products of their creative minds and commercialize technologies not only in the domestic but international market, as well. As invention and innovation necessitate protection, he encouraged the audience to ensure that all intellectual property concerns be addressed appropriately.

BRICE 2013 also featured technology exhibits from member-institutions of the Gender and Development Technical Working Group (GAD-TWG) such as LGU-Naga City and Camarines Sur, Metro Naga Development Council (MNDC), DOST V/PSTC- Camarines Sur, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Invention Trivia Contest for viewing and participating students. Another collaborative undertaking the “Women Micro-Entrepreneurs (WME) Forum” was conducted and participated in by one hundred three (103) Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) partners in the region.

DOST V management headed by Regional Director Tomas B. Briňas congratulates all the participants especially the winners as it remains optimistic for Bicolanos’ winning stint in the 2014 NICE. Moreover, the agency recognizes the active participation of various partner-institutions for the successful and meaningful 2013 BRICE (P.O.Lucena/D.A.Pena, DOST V).