MMSU in BPI-DOST Innovation Awards 2022 finals

By Mark Ian Tagami, Correspondent


A group of young innovators from the Mariano Marcos State University-College of Industrial Technology emerged as a finalist for the prestigious Bank of the Philippine Islands-Department of Science and Technology (BPI-DOST) Innovation Awards 2022. 


Composed of Bachelor of Automotive Technology graduates Felimar Abes, Mike Bareng, and Mark Kirvey Escandor, the MMSU team has qualified in the national competition with its capstone project on the “Development of Integrated Electronic Oil Changer.” Prof. Zaldy A. Fernandez, a national invention tilt awardee, serves as coach.


The project aims to help small shop or car owners to safely change the oil of their vehicles through an electric oil changer. It has a metal frame that consists of angle bar and galvanized iron sheet, and composed of various electronic and electromechanical components such as the reused fuel pumps and the power supply. It operates like a normal extractor with a hose that is connected to suck the oil into where the dipstick of the engine is located.


The MMSU team is competing with the other teams from the Ateneo de Manila University, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Philippine Normal University, St. Louis University, University of the Philippines-Visayas, University of San Carlos, and the University of Santo Tomas. 


Each finalist received Php 25,000 cash prize and underwent a technical and business online workshop to further enhance their project. After the workshop, the teams were given 90 days to build and implement their projects. 


The top three teams with the most outstanding projects will win the innovation award and a cash prize of Php 100,000 each in September. 


Organized by the BPI Foundation, Inc. and the DOST-Science Education Institute, the BPI-DOST Innovation Awards motivates innovative Filipino students to actively participate in finding solutions to the country’s most pressing socioeconomic problems. 


The competition is open to all regular junior and senior tertiary students of basic and applied sciences. Participating schools are each represented by a team of three students. (HLY/JVBT/DPTJ, StratCom)