Technological Institute of the Philippines

T.I.P. wins in the DOST Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits 2015

DOST officials with the Regional Director of DOST-NCR, Dr. Teresita Fortuna (first row, 5th from right), with T.I.P. Officials headed by T.I.P. President, Dr. Elizabeth-Quirino Lahoz (first row, 6th from right)

The Technological Institute of the Philippines (T.I.P.) bagged two (2) awards in the recently-concluded Department of Science and Technology National Capital Region (DOST-NCR) Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits (RICE) 2015 held in T.I.P. Quezon City last September 28 to 30, 2015. It was T.I.P.’s 2nd time hosting the DOST-NCR RICE event.

The DOST RICE is a regional competition that encourages both public and private sector inventors and researchers to showcase their inventive capabilities, ingenuity, and creativity. The invention contest is divided into six (6) categories, namely: Outstanding Invention (Tuklas Award), Outstanding Utility Model, Outstanding Industrial Design, Outstanding Creative Research (Likha Award), and Outstanding Student Creative Research (Sibol Award) for High School and College students.

In this year’s RICE competition, T.I.P. had 10 participating entries in the Sibol Award College Level category. An entry from T.I.P. Manila was adjudged Regional Winner while an entry from T.I.P. QC was declared 2nd runner up.

Sibol Award College Level Regional Winner from T.I.P. Manila with Dr. Teresita Fortuna (first from left) and TAPI Director, Engr. Edgar Garcia (first from right)

The Outstanding Student Creative Research (Sibol Award) College Level Regional Winner is the research entitled Prototype Development of a Flow Perfusion Taylor-Couette-Poiseuille Double Chamber Bioreactor for Tissue Engineering of Trachea by T.I.P. Manila Chemical Engineering (ChE) students, namely: (In photo above) Ralph Domondon, Ronnel Batarilan (4th from right), Alvin Salmingo, Pascal Clutario, Jainie Lynne Rivera (3rd from right), Alexis Pulhin, Hubert Bakal (4th from left), Argie Adduru (2nd from left), and Rose Aple Banawa (3rd from left). The group’s invention is designed to grow stem-cell based organ-engineered trachea to produce artificial trachea for victims of accidents or trachea-related diseases.

Sibol Award 2nd runner up from T.I.P. QC joined by their adviser, Engr. Ryann Alimuin (2nd from left), with Dr. Teresita Fortuna and Engr. Edgar Garcia

The T.I.P. QC research that placed 2nd runner up is entitled Cacao Ultrasonic Testing Meter for Cacao Maturity by 5th year Electronics Engineering (ECE) students, namely: (In photo above) Benerly D. Ampo (4th from left), Kaila R. Manalad (3rd from left), Leonard C. Policarpio (2nd from right), and Jack Herbert de Vera (3rd from right). Their device is an ultrasonic testing meter that provides quantitative data to help cacao experts and farmers determine if cacao pods are ready for harvesting.

This year’s DOST RICE received a total of 301 entries from the different parts of NCR, the largest gathering it ever had, and highlighted the importance of producing new ideas and inventions that are not only useful to the society but also possess commercial viability.

The winners of the DOST-NCR RICE will compete in the 2016 National Invention Contests and Exhibits for the Presidential Awards.