Skip to main content

2019 MWF Prize for Engineering Excellence: The Finals

Finalists of the Prize faced the final panel of judges
JUDGES IN PHOTO: Mr. Jose Rene Almendras, President and CEO, Manila Water Company; Ms. Yayu Javier, Chair, Global Compact Network Philippines; Dr. Lydia Tansinsin, Founder, Philippine Technological Council (PTC); Dr. Joane Serrano, Director, UP Open University (UPOU) Information Office; Engr. Romeo Santiago, Senior Science Research Specialist, DOST PCAARRD; and Mr. Abelardo Basilio, Trustee, Manila Water Foundation.

A step closer to the award, finalists of the 2019 Manila Water Foundation (MWF) Prize for Engineering Excellence shared their engineering innovations and its social impact during the final panel interview on November 13.

Finalists of the Prize are Engr. Rey Ramos with the Bottle-Net Life Jacket, Engr. Alexis Belonio with the Rice Husk Gasifier Technology, Dr. Michael Gragasin with the Compact Corn Mill and Impeller Rice Mill, Dr. Ronel Pangan with the Drying System for Seaweeds, Dr. Ruel Mojica with the Bravura Coffee Roasting Machine, and Dr. Francis Aldrine Uy with the Universal Structural Health Evaluation and Recording System.

Manila Water Foundation Prize for Engineering Excellence Finalist

Engr. Rey A. Ramos, Civil Engineering Faculty at Carlos Hilado Memorial State College–Talisay Campus, Negros Occidental, invented the Bottle-Net Life Jacket, a low-cost floatation device made from fishing nets and recycled plastic wastes. It aims to provide livelihood to marginalized communities.

MWF Prize for Engineering Excellence

Engr. Alexis T. Belonio, Senior Research Fellow at the Philippine Rice Research Institute, Science City of Muñoz in Nueva Ecija, created a rice husk gassifier technology that can convert agricultural waste to a cheaper source of clean gaseous fuel. It can also help mitigate greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide emissions.

MWF Prize for Engineering Excellence

Dr. Michael A. Gragasin, Supervising Science Research Specialist at the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, worked on improving rice and corn mills and making them affordable for Filipino farmers. This will help make the production of rice and corn in the country more sustainable.

MWF Prize for Engineering Excellence

Dr. Ronel S. Pangan, Engineer III at the Center for Agri-Fisheries and Biosystems Mechanization (BIOMECH), College of Engineering and Agro-industrial Technology, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna, designed a seaweed drying system that helps farmers to produce quality, sustainable, and income-generating seaweeds.

MWF Prize for Engineering Excellence

Dr. Ruel M. Mojica, Professor V at the Cavite State University, Indang, Cavite, invented a coffee-roasting machine that will help increase farmers’ livelihood opportunities while strengthening the local coffee industry.

MWF Prize for Engineering Excellence

Dr. Francis Aldrine A. Uy, Dean of the School of Civil, Environmental and Geological Engineering, Mapua University, Manila, came up with the Universal Structural Health Evaluation and Recording System (USHER), an earthquake preventive measure that can assess the health and safety of buildings.

Finalists of the Prize faced the following judges, namely Mr. Jose Rene Almendras, President and CEO, Manila Water Company; Ms. Yayu Javier, Chair, Global Compact Network Philippines; Dr. Lydia Tansinsin, Founder, Philippine Technological Council (PTC); Dr. Joane Serrano, Director, UP Open University (UPOU) Information Office; Engr. Romeo Santiago, Senior Science Research Specialist, DOST PCAARRD; and Mr. Abelardo Basilio, Trustee, Manila Water Foundation.

Awardees of the Prize will be announced at a dinner gala on February 3, 2020, at the Seda Vertis North in Quezon City.