Ilocos Norte inventors win big in regional contest

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LAOAG CITY, Nov. 2 (PIA) — Inventors from Ilocos Norte won big in a prestigious regional invention contest recently.

Engr Jose Zafaralia of Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City won under the utility model category for his ‘Engineered Kawayan Technology: Machines and Products-Bamboo splitting machine.’

Another winner, Engr. Reynold Caoili and Dr. Reynaldo Castro of the Philippine Rice Research Institute-Batac City won the top prize under the creative research category for his ‘Using water to pump water: the hydro-powered water pump.’
Their inventions were chosen as winners of the ‘local inventions that work’ or promising inventions during the 2011 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits held in Pangasinan organized by the Department of Science and Technology.
This year’s theme is “Imbensyon at Inobasyon: Kabalikat sa Pagunlad.”

Other winners include a ‘Portable vacuum eraser’ from the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University-La Union for the student creative research –Sibol category, College division; and ‘Microbial production of polyhydroxy alkanotes using fish scales as nitrogen source’ from the Philippine Science High School-Ilocos Sur under the Sibol category – High school division.

DOST Provincial Director Engr. Fehlander Madriaga said interested manufacturers or the investors themselves can mass-produce these “local inventions that work.”

These inventions will also compete in the National Inventions Contest either next month or early next year.
The DOST holds the activity annually in support of Republic Act 7459 or “Investors and Inventions Incentives Act “ which provides incentives to Filipino investors.

“This is to develop the talent and ingenuity of our Filipino investors and also to show that local products really work and have good or better quality than imported ones,” Engr Madriaga said. (by Carlo P. Canares ANL/CPC-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)

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