Outstanding inventions and researchers unveiled during the 2018 NICE

IPO Phil NICE 2018

Pasay City – The Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) showcased the most outstanding local inventions and researches on 14-16 August 2018 at the 2018 National Invention Contest and Exhibit (NICE) in Le Pavillon Metropolitan Park, Pasay City.

The 2018 NICE, one of the leading programs of DOST-TAPI in technology promotion, is an every-other-year activity which features the Filipino’s innovative creativity by giving due acknowledgment and appreciation to the best inventions, innovations, and researches in the Philippines.

“Technological innovations contribute to business sophistication and market competitiveness in the local and global settings which then drive economic growth, and more importantly, ease the lives of our people in various activities,” said DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations Brenda Nazareth-Manzano during the 2018 NICE Opening Ceremonies.

“NICE has touched and changed the many lives of our Filipino inventors from budding, maybe struggling individuals to powerhouse names in the market, since NICE was launched,” added Nazareth-Manzano.

Filipino inventors and researchers competed for six categories including 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.

Tuklas Award is given to the most outstanding invention which demonstrated potential qualities for commercialization.

Outstanding Utility Model and Outstanding Industrial Design, on the other hand, are given to outstanding new models and outstanding new, original, and ornamental design for manufacture, respectively.

Moreover, Likha Award is awarded to a research and development (R&D) activity which poses potential to develop into a relevant and commercially viable technology for possible adoptors.

Lastly, Sibol Award is given to the most outstanding invention or creative research of high school and college students.

JRS NICE 2018

Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) Director General Josephine R. Santiago emphasized the important role of intellectual property (IP) in inventions and innovations during the Opening Ceremonies.

“IP is at the core of the Fourth Industrial Revolution as it was in the preceding revolutions because it signifies that the technology consisting of products, processes, improvements, or combination of these, is a solution to a problem in any field,” said Santiago.

The qualifiers of the 2018 NICE were scrutinized by a prestigious panel of judges who visited their booths and asked questions about their inventions and researches.

The Tuklas First Prize Awardee took home Php300,000.00, plaque and certificate of recognition from DOST-TAPI, and gold medals from the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) and International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA) while the Outstanding Utility Model and Outstanding Industrial Design First Prize Winners took home Php200,000.00, plaque and certificate of recognition from DOST-TAPI, and WIPO and IFIA gold medals each.

Likha and Sibol First Prize Winners were given Php100,000.00 and plaque and certificate of recognition from DOST-TAPI each.

The complete list of the 2018 NICE winners are the following:

Tuklas Award

 First Prize: Lamp Primers for White Spot Syndrome Virus by Dr. Mary Beth B. Maningas and Dr. Benedict A. Maralit
 Second Prize: Veterinary Medical Table by Aurora A. El Estwani

Outstanding Utility Model

 First Prize: Portable Unihoused Water Purification and Sterilization Apparatus by Engr. Rodrigo P. Duque
 Second Prize: Renewable Resource-Based Biodegradable Thermoplastics by Dr. Marissa A. Paglicawan, Dr. Blessie A. Basilia, Ma. Teresa V. Navarro, Carlo S. Emolaga, Delmar D. Marasigan, and Rosito P. Cerbito
 Third Prize: A System for Treatment of Municipal Solid Waste by Genovevo C. Sebastian

Outstanding Industrial Design

 First Prize: Interlocking Block (Ecoblock) by Justino R. Arboleda
 Second Prize: Baby Chair by Romulfo C. Sanchez
 Third Prize: Multi-Purpose Chair-Table with Lamp Designer by Vito Angelo D. Selma

Likha Award

 First Prize: Impeller Compact Ricemill by Dr. Michael A. Gragasin and Dr. Romualdo C. Martinez
 Second Prize: Development and Utilization of Actinomycetes as Biocontrol Agents against Panama Wilt-Causing Fusarium oxysporum TR4 in Cavendish Banana (ACTICon) by Irene A. Papa and Teofila O. Zulaybar
 Third Prize: Nanoscaled Polyaniline Films for Smart Packaging Application by Dr. Joel G. Fernando

Sibol Award for College

 First Prize: Flame Emission Photometric Determination of Iron via Digital Imaging-Based Detection by Sandra Mei M. Branzuela of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
 Second Prize: Façade-Integrated Fog Collector: A Supplementary Residential Water by Jireh Grace E. Pihoc, John Carlo G. Marquez, Jayarr N. Urbano, Sydneyton Barri P. As-Il, Julienne Cristy D. Saliwan, Micah Joy A. Baldonado, and Reina Joy H. Alip of Saint Louis University
 Third Prize: Electronic Mosquito (Cullicidae) Repellent Bracelet by Kenny Waller C. Diolala by Notre Dame Kidapawan College

Sibol Award for High School

 First Prize: Pectin-Carboxymethyl Cellulose Biocapsule for Potential Colon-Targeted Oral Drug Delivery by Felix Arthur C. Dioso, Jeremae Aira M. Moderno, and Coleen A. Quirim of Philippine Science High School – Southern Mindanao Campus
 Second Prize: PinDOT: Low-Cost Arduino-Based Braille Printer by Xyz Phoelane Beth-Amiel C. Dagum, Ysadell V. Bernardo, Bea May Clarisse A. Tacdoro, and Ericka Michelle L. Factor of Philippine Science High School – SOCCSKSARGEN Region Campus
 Third Prize: Antidiabetic and Antioxidant Tea from Garcinia binucao (Batuan) Leaf and Fruit by Leann Patrice A. Ganzon and Anne Nicole Occeña of Iloilo National High School – Special Science Class

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