By: Edgilyn R. Alcasid
The Department of Science and Technology-National Capital Region (DOST-NCR) affirmed its support for brilliant and innovative Filipino students as Muntinlupa celebrated the city’s best and brightest in the “Young Inventors’ Competition 2017” held on March 21, 2017 at Festival Mall, Muntinlupa City.
The event, which carried the theme “Supporting Industries through Relevant and Institutional Research and Development”, bannered inventions anchored on science, technology and engineering from students aged 16-21 years old from private and public schools in Muntinlupa City. The competition involved an improvisation contest and an investigatory contest on the following categories: Robotics, Life Science, Applied Science, Material Science, Information Technology, Environmental and Food Security.
The Young Inventors’ contest was a collaborative project of the Rotary Club of Muntinlupa North, the local government of Muntinlupa, DOST-NCR, and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry- Muntinlupa City Inc. (PCCI-MCI). On hand to give their support to the young scientists were Congressman Ruffy Biazon; Ms. Elvi Sanchez Quiazon, Chairman of PCCI-MCI and President of Rotary Club of Muntinlupa; Ms. Madeline Diaz from the Department of Education; and Councilor Stephanie Teves of Muntinlupa City.
Mr. Kim L. Atienza, DOST-NCR Cluster Manager for Muntinlupa, Taguig, Pateros, Paranaque and Las Pinas (MUNTAPARLAS), delivered the keynote speech on behalf of the agency’s Regional Director, Mr. Jose B. Patalinjug III. In his speech, Mr. Atienza said that “DOST-NCR believes that empowered young minds are vital in developing a progressive nation as they have the power to create innovative solutions to our country’s needs”. He added that DOST-NCR will always support initiatives like the Young Inventors’ Competition which not only aim to produce a generation with ardent interests in science and technology but also encourage the pursuit of studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Further, Mr. Atienza said that, “We in DOST-NCR believe that together with other LGUs and organizations, we can empower the youth by engaging them in competitions that promote critical thinking. It is through these that they can likewise be encouraged to generate outputs that can contribute to groundbreaking improvements in the field of research”.
Mr. Atienza concluded by expressing the hope that the young participants in the event will also participate in the upcoming Regional Inventions Contest and Exhibits for NCR (RICE-NCR) which the agency will conduct in collaboration with DOST’s Technology Application and Promotion Institute’s (TAPI).
Judges for this year’s “Young Inventors’ Competition 2017” included DOST-NCR’s Assistant Regional Director for Technical Operations Division, Engr. Arman P. Bionat; Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Assistant Regional Director for Finance and Administrative Services, Engr. Romelen T. Tresvalles; and TAPI Supervising Science Research Specialist, Ms. Elizabeth I. Garcia. Completing the panel of judges were technical staff from DOST-NCR’s Management and Information Systems group, Engr. Erwin Ariola, Mr. Jonjon Almazan, and Mr. Jaime Sebastian.