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Government Grants for Inventors

The support from the Lower House and Senate is needed by Davaoeños to increase the budget allotted to the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI), as the main government office that provides assistance to Filipino inventors. Virgilio Sangutan, Davao Inventors Association president, revealed that only some Filipino inventors can have the opportunity to develop their creations because of the lack of assistance from our government in terms of loan windows and tax exemptions. TAPI only gets P53-million annual budget, P25 million of it will go to the operating expenses, only 12% of P25 million is given out as loan assistance to qualified Filipino inventors.

 
More Filipino Research Scientists and Engineers for RP's Disaster and Poverty Alleviation

Dr. Emerlinda Roman, president of the University of the Philippines System, an institution under the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST), said that the country is in need of more more research scientists and engineers (RSEs) with advanced degrees to make science and technology work for disaster mitigation and poverty alleviation, ensure a sustainable environment and reasonable energy for the future, and turn out indigenous technologies to enhanced Filipinos' lives.

 
Filipino Science Professor Selected for UNESCO Award

On March 4, 2010, a Filipino professor who discovered the use of snail toxins to study brain functions is one of the five exceptional women scientists in the world to be awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The event will be held in Paris, France.

Science Education Institute reported that Lourdes Cruz, a professor at the Marine Science Institute at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City is one of the recipients of the 2010 L'Oreal-UNESCO Awards in the Life Sciences.

 
DLSU All-Female Team Turned out to be an Award-Winning

All-female team of De La Salle University (DLSU) turned out in the recently concluded National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) 2009.

The finalists received the "Sibol Award-Outstanding Student Creative Research" on the college level with their research "Greenstick Fracture Detection and Diagnosis Using Image Processing and Analysis."

The all-female team composed of Airi Bianca Beltran, Rachel Joyce Oaña and Cathlyn Marie Montano.

The DLSU team, a blend of computer geeks and computer science majors, said it was the time when they were just starting that challenged them the most. They developed a system that performs image processing and analysis to detect fractures, specifically Greenstick fractures. These fractures are one of the most common fractures in children and, if undiagnosed and untreated, can lead to deformity and permanent disability.

 
DOST installed landslide sensors in preparation for the typhoon season

In year 2006, more than a thousand people were buried after a massive landslide in the barangay of Guinsaugon. In the same year, a mudslide caused by heavy rains also killed hundreds of residents in the Bicol region. Continuous rains triggering floods and landslides in 9 regions have killed 47 people and displaced more than 1.3 million people.

 
KBP and FILSCAP partnership: benefited OPM

With their vision of reviving the Original Pilipino Music, FILSCAP (Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) had signed a memorandum of agreement with the KBP (Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas) to promote the music of Filipino artists. The MOA indicates the disbursement of fees by KBP member radio stations to FILSCAP members.

 
Young Filipino Scientists Push for Excellence

In the recently concluded, National Invention Competition '10, young inventors are pushed even more towards excellence to be globally competitive.

The said competition, which was participated by at least 67 inventors, was divided into five categories: Tuklas (Outstanding Invention; Outstanding Utility Model), Outstanding Industrial Design, Outstanding Creative Research and SIBOL (Outstanding Student Creative Research).

Young participants are prioritized in the contest since; they will be the future leaders of the nation.

 
Filipino Scientists Exhibition

To develop the promotion of local researches that could bridge gaps in the industry, the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) of Eastern Visayas is pushing Filipino scientists and inventors to join the 2010 Visayas Island Convention Contest and Exhibits.

In this region, problems in the agriculture sector are the concerns. DOST wants local inventors to focus their studies to address the gaps presented.

 
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