Tawi-Tawi, Philippines The Invent School Program (ISP) expanded its services to borders unusually reached when the Program conducted its very first seminar-workshop on 26-30 March 2018 in Mindanao State University Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography (MSUTCTO), Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.
ISP, as one of the leading programs of the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI), is designed to open the young minds of students as a starting ground for young Filipino inventors.
The platform serves to stir the youth's ingenuity by stimulating their interests on techniques in developing creative and inventive knowledge that is crucial in invention and prototype development.
In collaboration with DOST Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) Tawi-Tawi, and MSUTCTO, the ISP organized two sets of seminar-workshops particularly for college and high school students.
"The old pedagogy should be replaced with more interactive approach to bring more learning to the students and ISP is necessary to change this pedagogy," said Dr. Annabel Wellms, Officer-In-Charge, Office of the Chancellor of MSU-TCTO.
ISP's goal is to carry the assistance closer to the Filipino youth by bringing the Program all over the regions in the country.
"The first ever ISP in Tawi-Tawi is a milestone for the Program having reached the southernmost part of the Philippines and we are very privileged to be given the opportunity to speak before the Tawi-Tawi people," said Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena, Division Chief of the Invention Development Division of DOST-TAPI.
A total of 44 college students and 49 high school students showcased their creativity and inventiveness in tackling the pressing problems in Tawi-Tawi and boosting the province's promising natural resources and wealth.
Engr. Elizabeth I. Garcia and Ms. Anna Liza B. Saet from DOST-TAPI served as resource speakers in the five-day seminar-workshop.
"ISP will always serve as a platform in equipping our future engineers and scientists who will become the very foundations in building our great nation," said Saet.
Moreover, PSTCTawi-Tawi Director Ibnotalib J. Nasirin commended DOST-TAPI's efforts in prioritizing the province, as the bold step serves as a springboard to hone students in ARMM.