ILOCOS NORTE — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in collaboration with its institutional partner showcased Filipino inventions at the 25th National Inventors Week (NIW) last November 20-23 at the Teatro Ilocandia in Batac City.
The event coincides with, and also the main celebration of the 75th (Diamond) Jubilee year of the Filipino Inventors Society Producers Cooperative (FISPC), one of DOST’s partners. The others partners include the Technology Application Institute (TAPI), Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, and the City of Batac.
The 4-day event featured and highlight technology and invention exhibits, technology for, training and workshop on entrepreneurship and financial management, training on scientific writing and among others. The activities were mandated under Presidential Proclamation No. 285 of 1993 which encourages them to showcased unique and marketable inventions of Filipinos for the Filipinos.
The event has “Inventrepinoy for sustainable growth and prosperity” for its theme. To further spread its message, there were different state universities and colleges (SUCs), other Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) and prominent individuals had been invited to participate in its activities.
Those who attended the event are DOST Secretary Fortunato T. De la Peña, Former PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, former SAP Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, Batac City Mayor Albert Chua, FISPC National President Francisco “Popoy” Pagayon, MMSU president Dr. Shirley C. Agrupis, and DOST Regions I and II Directors Armando Ganal and Sancho Mabborang, respectively.
DOST- Ilocos Norte Director Joven Viernes said that there are 50 exhibitors who are present and presented their locally invented products. Other experts shared their knowledge and wisdom in developing local entrepreneurs and inventors into innovative ‘InventrePinoys” who can push the country towards sustainable economic development.
Speaking for FISPC, Popoy Pagayon said: “Our inventors have dedicated themselves to creating innovative and customizable inventions. Their self-confidence, vision, wisdom, motivation and delivery skills bring the best ideas to their fullest reality. That is why we, in the FISPC give due honors to local Filipino inventors on this special day. We likewise take this opportunity to render due recognition to all Filipino inventors all over the world.”
DOST Secretary Fortunato T. De la Peña as a speaker of the event, describes as “an earnest effort to help our Inventrepinoys carve and push sustainable growth and prosperity.”
The other event partners and sponsors who are present include Splash and Healing Galing, One Store, Air 21, Portasol, Probaton, Filwin,Care x Herb, Misty Kool!,EM-Core Dot.Net, Davis & G Blackseed Soap, Filgenius Enterprise, JOCO, Life Source, E Pick Me Up, Carlita R. Doran Herbal Corp.,Plantex, Building Beaver Corp, Phenix Garuda, Hana Land Development Corp., E-Pick me up Corp. and Hilmarc’s Construction Copr. Media Partner Publisher Association of the Phils, Inc. (PAPI) Business Insight, the Manila Times, Abante, Abante Tonite, National Press Club(NPC) and Finders Ads Paper.