BICUTAN, Taguig –Local inventions that uplift the plight of many of our countrymenhighlight the 73rdFIS Annual National Inventors Week from November 14-18, 2016 heldin partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), DOST-Technology Application and Promotion Institute, Intellectual Property Office - Philippines and the Department of Trade and Industry at the DOST Compound, Bicutan, Taguig City.

With this year’s theme, “Filipino Inventions & Innovations: Strengthen the Nation, Today”, FIS is bullish in outdoing its achievements in the past years and its leadership promises more inventions in the coming years.

FIS was established in 1943 with this slogan on its crest, “There is a better way, find it”-- very appropriate for an organization that creates new things that make life better.

During the opening ceremonies held at the DOST Executive Lounge, DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña urged the FIS to be more forward looking and proactive in their pursuit to produce new products and services.

“Inventions create new products and these help drive our economy with more choices for our consumers and more jobs created. So, I encourage the FIS to invite more to join as members especially young inventors and introduce young blood in the organization,” de la Peña said.

He further stressed that the membership needs to strengthen the organization and camaraderie by lessening their disagreements to be able to invent more new things that will benefit more people.

De la Peña also shared his thoughts on the great potentials of the FIS if they are to abide by current world standards for their inventions to compete successfully in the international market. These pronouncements by the science chief were welcomed by the membership present led by FIS president Dr. Benjamin S. Santos, PhD; Rodolfo B. Biescas Sr., VP for Luzon; and Arsenio Navarro, VP for Visayas, and Dante U. Ursua, among others.

Secretary de la Peña also led the FIS officers and members in opening the exhibits at the DOST Compound where home grown companies showcase their latest inventions like energy saving devices, motor oil, car ionizer, brickscoal, water purifier, rolling dustpan, portable gas lamp,health care products, portable floor seat,and other one-of-a-kind products. Some of the exhibitors include Mapecon (pest control), Bensan Industries Inc., Econolux Enterprises, Amecos Innovation Inc., Kingflute Philippines and many more.(Rodolfo de Guzman, S&T Media Service)

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