MANILA - The Benita and Catalino Yap Foundation (BCYF) kicked off on Monday a Philippine Innovation Week program designed to encourage more Filipino innovators to be part of the nation building and economic progress.
During the launching at the Kalayaan Hall in Malacanang, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Christian Ablan lauded the BCYF for recognizing the talent the Filipino innovators.
"We have also our own innovations in the PCOO including our E-FOI to improve the government services," Ablan said in his speech.
The launching was highlighted by the awarding and recognition of the country's top innovators that BCYF selected from the fields of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), government service and agri-business.
Alvira Cesar Reyes of Bote Central brought home the major award in agribusiness category while Crispin Muyrong, Jr. of Sunlight Foods Corporation and Brenda Nazareth-Manzano of Department of OneLab-Department of Science and Technology topped the SMEs and government service, respectively.
From 104 nominees, the BCYF national search, review and national committee has trimmed down the number to 30 where seven finalists have been chosen by the national judging panel headed by BCYF chairman Antonio Yap and co-chair Alex Escano.
Other finalists include: Ma. Josefina Abilay, Solar Energy-DOST-MIMAROPA; Gladmer Layson of KKK Soya Milk, Herbal Blend Soya Coffee and Soya Ice Candy; Troy Dungca Bumagat of Trophy Farm; and Gov. Jayvee Tyrone Uy of Rice Fortification Program of DOST.
Among the events scheduled during Philippine Innovation Week include First National Microfinance Roundtable Summit; Ideas Conference and launching of the Innovators Society of Asia and Innovation Forum.
The BCYF has invited all the nominees, awardees and the country's innovators to participate the innovation week. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency