Gov’t supports Pinoy scientists, inventors

IF YOU think that the government does not really help and support the Filipino scientists and inventors, well think again.

In the recently-concluded National Invention Contest and Exhibits 2016 (NICE) held at the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia, highly-creative Pinoy inventors and researchers showcased their ideas and inventions.

The Department of Science and Technology–Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) handed over awards along with cash prizes to the inventions that stand out from the rest in terms of qualities and potential for improvement and/or widespread commercialization or dissemination.

NICE 2016 featured and awarded students from the college and high school categories.

It recognizes the youth and their potentials to turn into something fruitful and useful inventions to people. The awards also intend to motivate young minds to contribute significantly to science and technology research and development as well as inventiveness in the country.

From tap to cup: Making drinking water safe

Tap water, particularly in far-flung areas, can now be made safer through this device that converts tap and deep-well water into an ozonized and a highly-oxygenated safe drinking water.

Engr. Rodrigo P. Duque, a mechanical and electrical engineer, who developed an “In-Line Water Purification and Sterilization Apparatus” (Reg. No. 2-2010-000408) bagged the second place in the Utility Model Category last NICE 2014.

According to Engr. Duque and clients who participated in clinical tests, the water that comes from the device is highly oxygenated and packed with minerals that help in boosting the immune system. Further, ozonized water has many uses, such as sterilization in preparing food, cleaning infant feeding bottles and accessories, hand sanitizing, and wound cleaning.

Engr. Duque has received DOST-TAPI’s financial assistance amounting to P569,540 last April 2012 for the fabrication of 10 units of his device. It was also during this year that he established his own company called the Ozone Dynamic Ventures.

Since then, Engr. Duque has sold and installed 20 units of his device – 13 commercial models and seven household models. On August 6, 2014, Engr. Duque fully paid the financial assistance provided to him.

As the orders continue to flow in, Engr. Duque requested the second round of financial assistance totaling P958,103.00 for the production of 17 units. (Kenneth Valladolid, Trainee)

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Sunday, 19 January 2020
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