Ateneo Davao bags top prize in BPI-DOST Science Awards
By Rainier Allan Ronda
A graduating BS Biology student of Ateneo de Davao University bagged the top prize in the 26th BPI Foundation Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Science Awards for his research on soil bacteria that can fight fusarium wilt or what is popularly known as Panama disease in Philippine babanana trees potentially protecting the country's banana industry.
Christian John Capirig, 20, won a P50,000 cash prize and a scholarship grant from the DOST, as grand winner of the BPI-DOST Science Awards 2015. Capirig is intent to go into medicine upon graduation this March.
A graduating BS Chemistry student from UP Diliman, Raiza Elmira Imperial, on the other hand, won first prize, for here research on a one-step, single component fabrication of a polythiopene coating on a stainless steel mesh creating an oil and water separator that could be used as a highly-efficient cleaner of seawater affected by an oil spill. She receive a cash prize of P30,000. Imperial said she was intent to pursue work on her water and oil separator to give the world an efficient oil spill cleaner even after graduation and as she pursue post-graduate studies.
Alron Jan Lam, a graduating BS Computer Science with specialization in Software Technology student from De La Salle Univerisity, won second prize, and received a cash price of P10,000. Lam won for his research on a mobile phone app dubbed Breadcrumb which could be a global positioning system (GPS) but for indoor use that could help a user navigate inside a building or a mall or a big house. Lam said he was intent to develop Breadcrumb further even after graduating, and as he pursue post-graduate studies.
The three winners were given their trophies and prizes in award ceremonies held last Thursday at the Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City attended by DOST Science Education Institute director, Josette Biyo, director of the DOST Science Education Institute and herself an international award winning science research teacher when she was a techer with the DOST-Philippine Science High Schools System, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) president and chief executive officer Cezar Consing, and BPI Foundation executive director and BPI senior vice president and chief human resources officer Fidelina "Faye" Corcuera.
"BPI Foundation supports this program to encourage and recognize promising university students on the pursuit of their scientific research. Throughout its history of 164 years, BPI sees its role in the economic development of our nation. Through advocacies and programs like the Science Awards, we commit to the development of scientific research as a means to forward economic development for a better and more prosperous Philippines," Corcuera said.