(L-R) FIS Inc. President Manuel Dono, Cauayan City Mayor Bernard Faustino Dy, DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña, Board Member Randolf Joseph P. Arreola, DOST Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang, FISPC President Francisco “Popoy” Pagayon, ISU President Ricmar Aquino, and LGC Chairman Alberto Lina lead the ribbon cutting during the opening program of 2017 NIW celebration in Cauayan City, Isabela.

Spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02, the first regional celebration of the Filipino Inventors Society Producer Cooperative’s National Inventors Week officially opened on November 20, 2017 at F.L Dy Coliseum, Cauayan City, Isabela.

“Pinoys are very innovative but their inventions lack support from our fellow Filipinos,” a line excerpt from DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña’s keynote message during the 2017 NIW Opening Program that served as a wakeup call to patronize our own locally produced products and inventions.

Celebrating NIW in the countryside, he said, is one effective way to mainstream various local innovations and inventions. Further, it will contribute in the realization of President Duterte’s 10-Point Socioeconomic Agenda specifically to “promote science, technology, and the creative arts to enhance innovation and creative capacity towards self-sustaining, inclusive development.”

Envisioned to become the top cooperative in the country in promoting and recognizing Filipino inventions globally, FISPC has been celebrating the NIW since 1993 through the Presidential Proclamation No. 285.

The weeklong activity aimed not just to celebrate and honor the milestones and significant contributions of the Filipino inventor-entrepreneurs, also called inventrepreneurs, but also to promote and mainstream their inventions and innovations in the countryside.

With the theme “Filipino Inventors at Its Best, Celebrating the Bright Minds”, fantastic, remarkable and brilliant inventions and innovations were showcased during the exhibits at F.L Dy Coliseum in Cauayan City, Isabela.

E-firecrackers, invented by FISPC President Francisco “Popoy” Pagayon, welcomed the public with a big bang in the opening program of the 2017 NIW. It is an electronic device that lights like a real firecracker and sounds like a real Judas Belt making the holiday celebration safe and sound.

“With our cannon-type electric firecrackers, you can bring the celebration of New Year’s Eve inside your home without any risk to health and property,” shared Inventor Popoy.

Amazed by the cannon-type e-firecracker, Board Member Olivia Pascual got a first-hand experience in using the e-firecracker assisted by (L) RD Sancho A. Mabborang and Inventor Popoy O. Pagayon during the closing ceremony of 2017 NIW.

Aside from inventions, various success stories of local inventors in their field of specializations were told. A business-matching event dubbed “Gala Night” took place where inventors meet the business sectors, private or public, for potential partnerships and transactions.

The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) among DOST represented by Secretary Dela Peña, Air21 Inc. represented by Lina Group of Companies (LGC) Chair Alberto D. Lina, and Dynamic Outsource Solutions (DOS1) represented by President Edgardo H. Cayton and the oath-taking ceremony of new FISPC members highlighted the Gala Night.

During the signing of the oneSTore Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between DOST, Lina Group of Companies (LGC) and Dynamic Outsource Solutions (DOS1) represented by (L-R) Mr. Kelvin Parohinog, DOST R02 Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang, DOST Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña, LGC Chairman Alberto D. Lina, DOS1 President Edgardo H. Cayton and Ms. Rhona Recidocruz.

This agreement will provide inventrepreneurs the logistical support in delivering their products though the oneSTore Hubs at a lower cost. Air21 also provided the logistical support for FISPC in bringing their inventions to Cauayan City.

In his keynote speech, Chairman Lina shared his thoughts on the significant role of innovation in the ever-changing market. “We, dreamers, do not fear change,” he said. “We embrace it.”

Lina Group of Companies Chairman Alberto D. Lina served as the guest speaker and shared his thoughts on the significant role of innovation in the ever-shifting market during the Gala Night with the theme “Business Matching of the Inventors and the Business Sectors”, November 21, 2017.

Different fora and series of training were conducted including the Stata Training for Health Researchers, Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) Training, Intellectual Property (IP) Forum, 3rd Annual Health Research Forum and Disaster Resiliency Forum.

Moreover, the recognition of the winners of the Invention Contest was formally announced during the closing program of NIW on November 24, 2017. The contest is open to both public and private inventors and researchers who can compete under the two identified commodities, the rice, and corn. Each commodity has three categories which include food, mechanization, and energy. Winners brought home as much as P25,000 cash prize.

Meanwhile, the Local Government Unit of Cauayan City headed by Mayor Bernard Dy, Isabela State University led by President Ricmar P. Aquino, DOST Region 02 headed by Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang, LGC Chairman Lina and the Technology Application and Promotion Institute headed by Director Edgar I. Garcia are the official partners of FISPC in the celebration of the 2017 NIW.

Aside from NIW, DOST and FISPC have been partners in creating a wider market for the Filipino Inventors through oneSTore.ph, an online platform of DOST that caters to DOST-assisted micro, small and medium enterprises to expand their target markets.

Currently, FISPC has already established three (3) oneSTore Hubs in Quezon City, Cauayan City and Urdaneta, Pangasinan. These hubs contain various locally-produced products of DOST-assisted MSMEs from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The on-going partnerships of FISPC and DOST manifest a successful and stronger relationship of both parties in delivering various services and programs to the people for a better and more progressive country.

Exhibits were open to public from 9:00AM-7:00PM every day from November 20-24, 2017 for free. Over 7,000 participants from the public and private sectors joined in nurturing and sharing the culture of Filipino innovations and inventions. (by KC D. Sucuano)

 

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