Technological Institute of the Philippines

TIP Students Win in 2014 National Invention Contests and Exhibits

The Technological Institute of the Philippines’ (TIP) research entry was adjudged as the third best in the Outstanding Student Creative Research (Sibol Award) College level category in the 2014 National Invention Contests and Exhibits (NICE). The winners were announced on July 27, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

This year’s winners were chosen from among 55 finalists and 831 entries that competed in the regional invention contests and exhibits held in different regions of the country. The DOST said that each of the 55 finalists from six categories has shown leadership in the development and promotion of Filipino’s creativity, inventiveness and ingenuity. The extensive regional search for outstanding researches and inventions in the Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits (RICE) were undertaken by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in cooperation with the DOST Regional Offices.

The TIP students’ research was the first prize winner in the 2013 DOST Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits (RICE) for the National Capital Region. The research entitled “Utilization of Magnetic Field and Electrofishing in the Development of a Device for Exterminating Knife Fish and Its Eggs” was a culminating design project of the students Mark Anthony Susbilla, Arnel Q. Calzada, Marlon G. Manadong, Marjorie T. Reyes and Ronnie Boy B. Fabricante Jr., in their design course for the Electronics Engineering program at TIP. A second team, composed of Marlon Manadong, Marjorie Reyes, Ronnie Boy Fabricante Jr., Roselyn Jimenez and Kristian Edgar Viernes, was tasked to innovate and improve the invention in terms of physical appearance, values parameters, efficiency and effectiveness of both the knife fish attractor and eggs addler.

The students’ research is a manifestation of the achievement of the desired student outcomes; a manifestation that the TIP students were able to exercise their critical and creative thinking in providing solutions to discipline-related problems and in contributing to national development through the application of new technology.

These TIP students took the challenge to help address the adverse impact of knife fish in response to the call of the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), to contain the knife fish to preserve the Laguna Lake’s ecosystem and protect the livelihood of the industries dependent to the lake. Through their culminating design course, they developed a device that uses acoustic waves for attracting knife fish to lure them into a fish cage. Once inside the cage, they could be exterminated through controlled electrocution.

The winners received cash awards and plaques from NICE and the World Intellectual Property Organization which recognizes the achievements of inventors, creators and innovative companies around the globe.