Cotabato’s Kalivungan fest highlights inventors’ innovations on garbage recycling

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 2 Sept) – Twenty-seven professionals, students, researchers, and local investors participated in the five-day innovation exposition as part of this year’s Kalivungan Festival at the provincial capitol complex here that culminated last Sunday.

Recycling garbage has been the focus of Cotabato Province’s inventors for this year’s Kalivungan Festival Innovation Expo. MindaNews file photo by KEITH BACONGCO

Some of the research works focused on waste management and recycling.

These include turning garbage into fuel, homemade white chalk from empty shells, recycled used cooking oil stove, and plastic bottles as window glass replacement.

Cotabato Gov. Nancy Catamco said that participants coming from different municipalities in the province have showcased their inventions and those with exceptional works were given due recognition.

Catamco, however, was not present in the expo because her 90-day preventive suspension for allegedly supplying overpriced fertilizers to a local government unit in Cebu while she was still a businesswoman still stands until November this year.

But she expressed optimism the activity has given researchers and local scientists chance to showcase their inventions.

Catamco said the province will support the inventions by helping the researchers get patents from the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, which is based in Metro Manila.

Their works were judged based on their originality, creativity, methodology, market potential or usefulness, and presentation.

The winners have not been announced as of press time.

“The event was to encourage, support, and recognize our local inventors for their talents. In doing so, we also attract potential investors to support our economy,” the governor stressed. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)