Pasay City South High School wins Sibol Award in NCR through “Smart Charging”


The Smart Charger, an Android phone charger with built-in alarm system, outshined 263 entries after winning the Outstanding Student Creative Research High School Category or Sibol Award during the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The winning creative research is the work of Heizl Joy L. Pandeagua, Hannah Sofia S. Arribe, and Marianne G. Suarez, senior high school students of Pasay City South High School (PCSHS).

“My experience in charging phones overnight which caused my phone and charger to become warm and the battery bloated inspired me to develop a charger with a built-in alarm sytem to avoid overcharging and possible incidents of fire,” said Pandeagua.

As gadget chargers can be fire hazards and can cause electrocution or overheat, the built-in alarm system is a fire-preventive measure which alert and remind the users when their phone is overcharging.

Held on 06-08 November 2019 at the Technological University of the Philippines – Quezon City Campus, the RICE in NCR was spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology in NCR (DOST-NCR) in partnership with the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI).

Mr. Jose B. Patalinjug III, Regional Director of DOST-NCR, expressed his vision for RICE-NCR to showcase not only inventions but solutions to everyday problems of ordinary Filipinos in Metro Manila.

The RICE is in search for the best researchers, inventions, and innovations nationwide as a means to recognize Filipino ingenuity and creativity of inventors and innovators in the country.

Moreover, RICE first prize winners compete in the National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) in 2020.

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