NCR Tops DOST Shortlist for PCIEERD’s Young Innovators Program

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(SDN) — WITH seven hopefuls, the National Capital Region (NCR) topped the shortlist for the 4th Young Innovators Program (YIP).

The technology-oriented YIP is under the Innovation Council of the Department of Science and Technology, the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD).

Comprising of 16 cities and a municipality, the NCR landed big time with seven applicants in the shortlist of the YIP, a research support program that PCIEERD handles.

The provides grants to promising young innovators who want to take on pioneering works fostering quality research paper, publication or products, or inventions. This 2020, the Innovation Council shortlisted 16 applicants out of 92 proposals received last June 15.

Grantees who will remain standing after the competitive final selection will get support financial support for their research of up to Php800,000, which covers honorarium for the teachers and the students, laboratory expenses, and testing consumables.

Headed by Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, executive director, PCIEERD announced on Monday (July 20) the 16 shortlisted applicants for YIP’s fourth iteration.

He lauded and welcomed the aspiring young innovators for sharing their innovative ideas and working hard to meet challenges along the way to their goals.

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Dr. Enrico C. Paringit (right), executive director of PCIEERD, DOST’s Innovation Council. (File photo of SDN — Science & Digital News)

“Congratulations to the shortlisted applicants! They are moving closer to make greater things and I hope that they stay constantly motivated,” says Paringit.Regions III, IV-A, XI, and XII each has two in the shortlist. Region V has one applicant that made it.

The PCIEERD head assured that the Council will remain committed in honing, supporting, and preparing the next generation, equipping them with the necessary knowhow and tools to thrive in the future.

“The Council, as leader and preferred partner in Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI), will continue supporting our younger generation who aspire to transform and rebuild the Philippine society,” he says.

Paringit hailed them for what he described as the “young people’s incredible commitment in coming up with these researches. He said they make him optimistic about the future of the scientific community.

“We value their drive, grit, and deep sense of purpose when it comes to solving problems.”

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YIP awardees in 2018. (Contributed photo)

Following are the YIP shortlisted applicants:

Environment and Pollution Control

1. Shock Electrodialysis Apparatus (S.E.A.)

Philippine Science High School-Main Campus

This project seeks to provide a more accessible source of clean freshwater by creating a compact desalination device which uses shock electrodialysis technology to desalinate saltwater

Team Members: Paris Miguel U. Bereber, John David F. Magnaye, and Davis Nicholo A. Magpantay

Mentor: Engr. Boon Kristoffer P. Lauw

2. Fungal chitosan- based Microbeads: A Heavy Metal Soil-based biobsorbent

Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Sta Mesa

The study aims to innovate fungal chitosan microbeads to help treat a heavy metal polluted soil-

Team Members: Irah Faye B. Garzon, Raven Elyze E. Laurella, and Ghimel P. Espinosa

Mentor: Dr. Lourdes V. Alvarez

3. Landfill Bioremediation through Biodegradative activities of Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom) to High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

Angeles University Foundation Integrated School

The study is aimed at determining a more ecological approach to address plastic garbage concerns.

Team Members: Nikka C. Banez, Princess Angelica S. Besonia, Kyla Carmina F. Consul, Jules Hyacinth B. Macasaet, and Ma. Angelica D. Gomez

Mentors: Dr. Analiza J. Molina and Mr. Emmanuel Carbungco

ICT, Electronics and Semiconductor

1. Abot (Anti-Biohazard Robot): Arduino Based Internet of Things Robot Controlled by Mobile Phone via Blynk for Waste Collection and Disinfection by Using Mist Fogging System Designed for Biohazarad Wastes

Navotas National Science High School

The project seeks to build a robot that will collect the waste products of COVID-19 patients and suspected ones.

Team Members: John Emmanuel G. Javines

Mentor: Mr. Don King O. Evangelista

2. Arduino-based Physical Distancing Face shield for the Visually Impaired

South Hill School, Incorporated

The project is aimed at making special face shields for visually impaired individuals to protect them from airborne infections.

Team Members: Renzo Batacan, Francis Sean Trillana, Rafael Carlos Landicho, Jerome Christian Borines, and Jonathan Peria

Mentor: Engr. Amando Perfecto Dela Cruz Molin

3. SNAP: A Facial Recognition System for Contact Tracing

MSU – General Santos City

This project will develop a system that provides a more efficient and convenient way of contact tracing by using image processing.

Team Members: Mark John Lerry Casero, John Rannilo Ortiz, and Lloyd Jayson Ca-ong

Mentor: Dr. Cristina P. Dadula

4. An Application of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Preventing Covid-19 Cross Infection in Philippine Hospitals

Mapua University

The research is focused on determining the key factors contributing to cross contamination and the underlying root causes that warrant the use of artificial intelligence technology and robotics.

Team Members: Alliah Jae G. Vasquez, Jasper D. Tibong, and Jay Van N. Villaflor

Marvin I. Norona

Mentor: Mr. Marvin I. Norona

5. SPHERE: An Ultra-wideband Technology-based Innovation for Search and Rescue Operations in the Philippines

Mapua University

The study is aimed at developing a device will hasten the search phase of the search and rescue activity in locating victims and survivors underneath debris and heavy mudslides in the soonest of time and least effort.

Team Members: Ma. Cathyrine Ravina, Denisse Joy Dayao, and Janela Zambrano

Mentor: Mr. Marvin I. Norona

6. The study of a systematic and efficient device called SALER PADAR (System of Accurate and Logistically Effective Relief in times of Pandemic and Disaster and Risk Reduction) in terms of the distribution of relief goods during a crisis

Filemon T. Lizan Senior High School

The project aims to create a system to aid the government in the distribution of relief goods using the integration of GSM system and the bar code system.

Team Members: Fererico D. Chavez III and Deowin A. Bagkus

Mentor: Engr. Anthony V. Abesado

7. SAKAY NA: An App-Based System Approach in the Reduction of Commuter Build-up and Sidewalk Congestion

Mapua University

The study will explore the different factors that will rationalize a consortium lead initiative in giving real time information exchange to have a seamless commute of people and products.

Team Members: Lorentz Benedick Angelou V. Miranda, Allysa L. Yu, and Darryl P. Pescador

Mentor: Mr. Marvin I. Norona

8. FIBER: Fabric Installed Body Energyharvester via Raspberry Pi

University of Nueva Caceres

The project aims to create a wearable energy harvesting device that can  generate electric power from the foot step movement.

Team Members: Jonna Mae E. Bagasbas, Jerome S. Del Castillo, and Modesto D. Remo Jr.

Mentor: Engr. Edgardo N. Martinez

Material Science

1. PROJECT LINGAP LANGHAP: A Low-cost 3D Printed Air Purifier System using Activated Carbon Biomass Filter and Philippine Bamboo Exterior

PSHS-Central Luzon Campus

The study seeks to develop a low-cost indoor air purifier using activated carbon biomass filter.

Team Members: Carlos Jerard Dela Cruz, Jan Paolo Pineda, and Maria Michaela Tumonong

Mentor: Mr. Joel Bautista

Metals and Engineering

1. Design and Development of Kulintang Manufacturing Machine


Project description: The research aims to design, fabricate and evaluate kulintang manufacturing machine.

Team Member/s: Kriestienne Marie Jyka D. Garcia, Maita T. Pedrajas, and Jule Cyrus F. Arabit

Mentor/s: Engr. Jefrey M. Bagasbas


1. Hg and Pb Detection Kit Utilizing DLimonene from Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) Peelings

University of Mindanao – Main

This project aims to make an easy and efficient Hg and Pb detection kit for water sources contaminated by mining wastewater

Team Member: Steph Kier S. Ponteras

Mentor: Dr. Chosel P. Lawagon (BSP Awardee)

2. Synthesis of nanocellulose from durian rinds and nanosilica from rice hulls for the preparation of a self-healing smart concrete with augmented mechanical properties

University of Mindanao – Main

The study aims to lessen the occurrence of cracks in cement-based products through upgrading self- healing ability of the cementitious matrix using nanocellulose from durian rinds and nanosilica from rice hulls

Team Member: Ivanbert Y. Damasco

Mentor: Dr. Chosel P. Lawagon (BSP Awardee)

Renewable Energy and Energy Storage Solutions

1. Proton-Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cell Using Electrode Processed from Kaong Waste Product

Cavite State University

This project will utilize sugar palm (kaong) waste product to produce potable water from wastewater and serve as a voltage source.

Team Members: Alexis Anne Cruto Bonus, Renz John Kurt Sorrera Reyes, and Vien Isabella Roraldo Rom

Mentor: Ms. Sheryl D. Fenol

PCIEERD will announce the winners of the grant on September 22, 2020, including on the Innovation Council’s social media accounts. Updates will be posted as the countdown ticks. (PCIEERD)


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