Green will color local inventions and researches as a new environmental award adds perk to this year’s National Inventors Week (NIW).  The NIW will be held Nov. 17-21 at the Philippine Trade Training Center. Cong. Joseph Emilio Abaya, Chair of the House Committee on Science and Technology, will be the event’s keynote speaker.

          Launched this year is the Chemrez Green Chemistry Awards which will be conferred to scientists, inventors, professionals, industry practitioners, and members of the academe who developed new ecologically-friendly products and processes. Such products and processes should be able to reduce or eliminate the use or production of substances, directly or as a by-product, that are hazardous to human health or the ecosphere.

          The awards will be in two categories, the Green Chemistry Special Award for the general public, individuals or groups; profit or non-profit organizations and the Sibol Special Awad for students (individual or group) either in high school or college level. Awardees will receive P60,000 and P40,000 respectively.

          Meanwhile, the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc will also hand out the FFCCCII Sibol Award to outstanding young researchers in both high school and college levels (P10,000 each).
          The Department of Science and Technology’s perennial awards will also be conferred by Science Secretary Estrella Alabastro. Tuklas Award (Most Outstanding Invention) is given to inventors of new and useful machine, manufactured products or substance, process or any improvement thereof covered by an invention patent granted by the Intellectual Property of the Philippines. Winners will receive P150,000 (first prize), P100,000 (second prize), and P50,000 (third prize).

          Most Outstanding Utility Model will be awarded to patented models with new and industrially applicable technical solution to a problem. Most Outstanding Industrial Design, on the other hand, is awarded to new, original, and ornamental design for an article or manufacture covered by an industrial design patent granted by the Intellectual Property of the Philippines. Prizes in each category are P100,000 (first prize), P50,000 (second prize), and P25,000 (third prize).

          Likha Award (outstanding creative research) will be given to proponents of products or processes that have high potential of development into relevant and commercially viable technology. Sibol Award (outstanding student creative research), meanwhile, is given to high school and college students who developed products or processes with high potential of evolving into commercially viable technology.

          Ninety-seven finalists, shortlisted from this year’s 288 entries, will be exhibited during the five-day event. Winners will be announced on the closing ceremonies on Nov. 21.
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