Ilocos hosts 2018 National Inventors Week celeb

ILOCOS NORTE — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in collaboration with its institutional partners will showcase Filipino inventions at the 25th National Inventors Week (NIW) on November 20-23 at the Teatro Ilocandia in Batac City.

The event coincides with, and will also be 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 will feature 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 are mandated under Presidential Proclamation No. 285 of 1993 which encourages them to showcase 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, different state universities and colleges (SUCs), other Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) and prominent individuals have been invited to participate in its activities.

Among those expected to attend 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 the agency expects some 50 exhibitors to present their locally invented products. They and other experts are expected to share 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 will keynote the event which he describes as “an earnest effort to help our Inventrepinoys carve and push sustainable growth and prosperity.”

The other event partners and sponsors 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.