Fifty-seven (57) participants composed of 26 science teachers and 31 students attended the two-day “Re-Echo Seminar on Invent School Program (ISP)” held on 05-06 October 2013 at Aroroy National High School (ANHS), Masbate.  This significant activity was spearheaded by ANHS together with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region V and the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI). 


Mr. Conrado M. Calvario, Teacher I, ANHS and a product of ISP Trainer’s Training last 16-17 July 2013 in Legazpi City gave the training orientation and preliminary activity. After which, Engr. Roberto Versoza, Sr. SRS, DOST-TAPI presented the program overview and provided brief lecture on their agency’s mandates and function. Likewise, Mr. Emmanuel G. Guim, Provincial S&T Director – Masbate represented by Mr. Edwin E. Castillo, SRS I discussed S&T programs relevant  to the academe. 

Aside from Mr. Calvario, Mrs. Karen Valdemoro and Mrs. Ruth Ll. Rapsing, both T-III, ANHS form part of the pool of local trainers. They gave comprehensive discussion on Developing Creative Thinking Skills, Improving One’s Perceptive-Analytic Thinking Ability and Creative Thinking Skills, respectively. Lectures were coupled with series of workshop activities such as “Building a Bridge”, “Improving a Boat and Bicycle” to further authenticate the learning experiences and application of tools. Group outputs were presented and critiqued by TAPI and DOST V personnel. 

Engr. Versoza discussed the Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making, Invention Development and gave Introduction/Simple Illustration on Patent Drafting. Then, Engr. Richelle Cahanap, SRS II, DOST-TAPI gave lecture on Intellectual Property Rights highlighting the basic categories and exclusive rights and period of protection as stipulated in the IP Code. In addition, Engr. Domingo A. Pe?a, Jr., SRS I, DOST V talked on the Basic Prior Art Search using free online and commercial data bases. 

Aroroy Young Inventors Club was organized with Ms. Grace Clarrise Delavin, senior student, ANHS as the President for SY 2013-2014.  A facebook page shall be established to serve as the online portal where the officers, teachers/advisers and DOST can share and collaborate real time with their insights/experiences related to S&T undertakings. 

During the closing ceremonies, Engr. Pe?a encouraged the participants to take part in the 2015 Bicol Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits (BRICE) considering the ample time to prepare for their creative researches and R&D outputs.  With the limited number of applications along patent and utility model, this activity can open windows of opportunities for Bicolanos to come up with functional and commerciable products and processes and join the ranks of famous Bicolano inventors. 

In her closing message, Ms. Haidee Pimentel, Head Teacher, Science Department, ANHS extended her sincerest gratitude for the active support of DOST personnel  at all levels (provincial, regional and national) for this school-level activity.  This has been their second collaboration with DOST (the first one was the conduct of enrichment class/review last Sept.16-17) and she looks forward for more S&T initiatives and tie-up with DOST in the Municipality of Aroroy. 

DOST V encourages more secondary schools to implement ISP and other similar undertakings to benefit more students and S&T partners in the region. On its part, DOST will to continue to find better ways of doing things particularly along S&T inventions and innovations.  (D.A.Pe?a, DOST V).