For Outstanding High School Student Creative Research (SIBOL-High School), the regional winners were Ms. Brena Gerona, Ms. Aleska Grail Raneses, and Mr. Renaydo Eltagonde Jr. of Davao City National High School for their research on the Feasibility of Durian Husk and Plastic Bottles as Alternative Materials for Plyboard, which received a prize of P20,000.00.  Kyle Raven B. Ramiso of Sawata National High School received P10,000.00 for his research on Coconut Liquid Endosperm Oil Production that placed second in the category. Ledafe Antonette S. Ayo and Loures Laine Elaiza T. Hemoroz of Nabunturan Comprehensive High School placed third for their research study of Nami  and Tubli Root Extracts used for retrieving silver and gold.

On the category for Outstanding College Student Creative Research (SIBOL-College), Niel Anthony Jamili of the University of Mindanao was declared regional winner with a P20,000.00 cash prize for his research entitled “Sweet Potatoes (Ipomea batatas) Starch: A Degredation Catalysis Component of Biomate Added High Density Polyethelene Plastics”. The P10,000.00 cash prize for second place went to Vanessa Jones Balayo, Johnny Pamonag Jr., and John Rhodel Ybañez of University of Mindanao for their research entitled “Development of Waste Heat Recovery System Using Thermoelectric Generator”. An electrically-powered coconut dehusker developed by Cresencio Bacolod, Bryle Iligan, and Teofilo Sevilla Jr. of the University of Southeastern Philippines – Tagum Campus was awarded third place in the college category with a P5,000.00 cash prize.

For LIKHA Award (Outstanding Creative Research), a Highly Polymerized Cationic Coagulant called Reddopac developed by Aezer L. Cajegas was declared regional winner and awarded with a P20,000.00 cash prize  while the Improve Bicycle Generator System of Gilbert Ventura received a P10,000.00 cash prize for second place. Filmann Simpao placed third with a P5,000.00 cash prize for his research entitled “Electrical Lighting Automation and Yield Return System for Covered Court Facility.”

Emiliano Quitiol, a 2014 National Invention Contest and Exhibit (NICE) winner, retained his winning ways by placing first with his Waste Activated Carbon Thermal Reactivator and received a P25,000 peso cash prize. A team led by Graciella Caballero that developed the KD Foliar Fertilizer derived from seaweeds was awarded the second prize of P10,000.00.

The winning entry for TUKLAS Award (Outstanding Invention) receiving a cash prize of 50,000.00 was Ricky Dayot for his invention called Pyroclave Non-Burn Medical Waste Treatment,  an innovative way to dispose medical wastes. Both the second and third places for the invention category went to Jose Guardo Jr. for his inventions entitled “Magnetic Levitation Transport System;” and “Multi-Car Cylic Magnetic Elevator with Gravity Leaner Electric Generator/Motor” with P30,000.00 and P20,000.00 cash prizes, respectively.

DOST XI Regional Director Dr. Anthony C. Sales bared that RICE is a good venue for investors and would-be adopters to explore the possibility of collaboration in packaging the creative works of the local inventors into commercial processes and commodities, bringing new ideas into practical applications that can bring general welfare to our society. Dr. Sales further said that only the regional winners are qualified to compete to the National Invention Contest during the National Science and Technology Week in 2016.

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