The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02 will host the first regional celebration of the Filipino Inventors Society Producer Cooperative’s 2017 National Inventors Week set on November 20-24, 2017 in Cauayan City, Isabela.
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 aims 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 will be showcased during the exhibits at F.L Dy Coliseum in Cauayan City, Isabela.
E-firecrackers, invented by FISPC President Francisco “Popoy” Pagayon, are expected to welcome 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.
Aside from inventions, various success stories of local inventors in their field of specializations will be told. A business-matching event dubbed “Gala Night” will take place where inventors meet the business sectors, private or public, for potential partnerships and transactions.
Different fora and training are also prepared including the Stata Training for Health Researchers, Basic Occupational Safety and Hazard (BOSH) Training, Intellectual Property (IP) Forum, and 3rd Annual Health Research Forum.
Moreover, the recognition for the winners of the Invention Contest will be held 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 will bring 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, Lina Group of Companies headed by Chairman Alberto 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.
DOST key officials including DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peńa, DOST-TAPI Dir. Garcia and DOST Regional Directors are expected to come. Also, different members of FISPC will be joining the event including FISPC Chairman Michael B. Hortaleza. Further, LGC Chairman Lina together with Air21 President Reuben SJ Pangan and DOS1 President Edgardo Cayton confirmed their attendance.
The exhibits are open to public from 9:00AM-7:00PM for free. For further details, visit the official account of DOST Region 02 @www.facebook.com/cagayanvalley and FISPC Page @ https://www.facebook.com/fispc. (By KC D. Sucuano/DOST R02)