Rapid drying system wins NICEst invention

NICE Winners

Sixty-six finalists vied for the chance to become the best invention, innovation, and researcher during the 2020 National Invention Contest and Exhibit (NICE) on 03-05 March 2020 at the SMX Convention Center Aura, Taguig City.

Organized by Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI), NICE showcases the creativity and ingenuity of Filipino inventors in developing relevant inventions and inventions as a way to contribute to social and economic development.

“With our mission for our noble inventors to be in the limelight of the innovative ecosystem, NICE signifies their important roles in accelerating our country’s progress towards a sustainable nation,” said DOST Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Diana L. Ignacio.

Through Republic Act 7459 or the Inventors and Invention Incentive Act of the Philippines, the contest and exhibits provide credit and encouragement to local inventors and researchers for their hard work and persistence.

“We have helped the past winners and finalists of NICE through the leading Programs of DOST-TAPI, designed to provide solutions to areas they might be having difficulty in, such as in fine-tuning and prototype development, promotion, and eventually commercialization of inventions,” said DOST Secretary Fortunato T. De La Peña.

As a stepping stone for inventors, DOST provides platform in helping inventors grow to become an enterprise as they gain confidence in operating and marketing their inventions.

One winner was declared in each of the five categories of NICE namely, Outstanding Invention (Tuklas), Outstanding Industrial Design, Outstanding Creative Research (Likha), and Student Creative Research for College and High School (Sibol).

The Fluidized Bed Drying System, which enables rapid drying of harvested rice to avoid drying delays, bagged the outstanding invention this year.

Winning a 300,000-peso cash gift, DOST-TAPI plaque and certificate, and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) gold medal, the invention can complete the drying process in around two hours instead of 12 hours from other grain dryers, without affecting the grain quality.

Subsequently, the Hybrid Electric Train won the outstanding industrial design, walking away with a 200,000-peso cash gift, DOST-TAPI plaque and certificate, and WIPO plaque.

“With our combined outputs, we can successfully promote and push an enabling ecosystem through science, technology, and innovation to our inventors, innovative and technology-based entrepreneurs as well as the academe for a more inclusive development,” said DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Rowena Cristina L. Guevara.

Winners of the 2020 NICE receive their plaque and cash award during the Closing and Awarding Ceremonies on 05 March 2020 at the SMX Convention Center Aura, Taguig City

Attended by participants from the academe, private sector, and government offices, the search for the best and the brightest inventions and researches is set next year through the conduct of the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE).

Here is the list of the winners of the 2020 NICE:




Outstanding Invention (Tuklas) Award

First Prize

Fluidized Bed Drying System

Reagan J. Pontawe, Dr. Romualdo C. Martinez, Roselyn B. Villacorte, Nestor T. Asuncion

Second Prize

A Printing Machine

Armando R. Reosura

Outstanding Utility Model

First Prize

Composite Nonwoven Fabric Heavy Metal Adsorbent and Method for Preparing the Same

Dr. Jordan F. Madrid
Dr. Lucille V. Abad
Mr. Patrick Jay Cabalar

Second Prize

Tractor Drawn Cassava Digger

Raymund Joseph P. Macaranas
Maria Elizabeth V. Ramos
Dr. Romualdo C. Martinez
Remegio C. Nodora Jr.
Terence Marion Q. Ancheta

Third Prize

Method of Producing Coco Board  and
Prouct Thereof for Various Housing an
Carpentry Works

Justino R. Arboleda

Outstanding Industrial Design

First Prize

Hybrid Electric Train

Jonathan Q. Puerto, Rodnel Q. Tamayo, Pablo Q. Aquin, Glen D. Espeña, Rolando F. Ibuig

Second Prize


Pedro H. Delantar, Jr.

Third Prize

Grain ProBe (Buriki) Moisture Meter

Ariene C. Joaquin, Dr. Romualdo C. Martinez, Richard P. Avila, Maria Elizabeth V. Ramos

Creative Research (Likha) Award

First Prize

UHI Shofar: Mass Notification System for Local Disasters

King Francis Genilla, Filmann Simpao, Brianne Bingil, Ronel Yap

Second Prize

Design and Prototyping of Continuous Screw-Type Salt Iodizing Machine

Dr. Annabelle V. Briones, Quintillano M. Montevirgen, Carlos J. De Vera, Josie L. Pondevida, Oliver C. Evangelista, Jayson B. Nuval, Shiela Ruby H. Ugat, Melquiades B. Canceran, Alexander G. Cruz

Third Prize

Mechanical Cacao Sheller/Huller

Jeffrerey A. Lavarias

Student Creative Research for College (Sibol) Award

First Prize

Development and Fabrication of Digital Apparatus for Sieve Analysis and Soil Classification

Pauline Grace B. Manzano, Arnel Jude C. Calma, Kaiser Y. Aguilar, Kristen Ann N. Miranda, Gemmark C. Sicat

Second Prize

Highly Accessible and Rapidly Deployable Emergency Network

Von Andrei R. Espino, Charles June M. Robinos, VJ Danielle G. Sanjorjo, Kenji S. Tanaka

Third Prize

IoT-Based Soil Moisture and Soil Movement Monitoring System for Lanslide

Harvey John Quaio, Ryan James Bacornay, Dianna Mae Dolores, John Dave Gitalan, Jenrica Ann Decafe

Student Creative Research for High School (Sibol) Award

First Prize

Project MeTuS (Medical Tumor Scanner): Mask CT-CNN as AI-Powered Low-Cost Pre-Diagnostic Virtual Assist Machine for Skin Cancer Screening Technology

Arian Vincent John V. German

Second Prize

Ag-Chitochin Nanodrop Solution

Lexis Mari P. De Castro, Monique Joyce J. Galang

Third Prize

Carbon Quantum Dots-Based Portable In-Situ Water Monitoring Device for Mercury and Lead

Marvince John P. Araneta, Lorraine Joy Z. Bales


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