WHAT ALL PATRIOTIC FILIPINOS
SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
An Insight Into
One of the Oldest Government- Recognized Organizations
The Singular Greatest Collection
Country’s Most Precious Natural Resource
Our Intellectual Property Exponents
FILIPINO INVENTORS SOCIETY. INC
A patriotic, dedicated and committed national organization of Filipino inventors, researchers, technologists and scientists responsive to the needs and concerns of its members, community and country.
The generation, production and marketing of indigenous inventions and technologies to help attain economic progress and industrial prosperity of the nation.
The Filipino Inventors Society (FIS) is a duly registered non-government organization of Filipino inventors who hold patents to their works here or abroad. Its membership is widened to accommodate professionals and entrepreneurs who espouse its cause to develop the country’s indigenous technology and inventions.
Organized on October 14, 1943 during the World War II and the Japanese occupation, by Teo Purugganan, Pastor Reyes-Torres and Dalmacio Buenaventura, its first President Manuel G. Goyena was elected at the Bureau of Science Building in the City of Manila. These men were full-blooded nationalists who had a burning dream and consuming vision of self-governance and self-reliance.
Reorganized after the war with 39 members and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 21, 1953 by its new President Sergio Bayan. Its subsequent Presidents were Tomas Parpana, Dr. Gregorio Zara, Basilio Espiritu, Gonzalo Catan, Jr., Sofronio Sian, Roberto del Rosario, Jose Concepcion, Victor Korionoff, Jr., Ricardo Palma and Manuel Corleto (Interim), Orlando F. Marquez, Sr., Bormeo G. Modanza, Edgardo Vazquez, Francisco Oral Pagayon, Dante V. Liban and Rolando B. Gonzalo, the current National President.
Past National Chairmen of the Board were Jose Ma. Concepcion, Atty. Roberto S. Salido, Cesar C. Sanvictores, Bormeo G. Modanza and Ma. Carlita Rex-Doran. Inventor Bormeo “Ming” Modanza has been the longest-termer President and is presently elected back as to the National Chair in honor of his paternity of the Inventors and Inventions Incentives Act of the Philippines (Republic Act 7459).
A BETTER, BRIGHTER VIEW
1. EDUARDO SAN JUAN, through whose ingenuity the amazing 4-wheel drive “moon buggy” was designed in collaboration with General Motors and Boeing and became the first terrestrial vehicle that landed on the moon. Subsequent planetary exploration machines may take up after this buggy which has proven itself to be “space-worthy”. A special print issue of a Philippine postage stamp commemorated the event and honored the inventor during the celebration of the golden foundation anni-versary (50th year) of the Filipino Inventors Society in 1993.
2. MAGGIE VILLARUZ, her invention of an agricultural implement dubbed as “turtle” or “floating tiller” was popularized by the International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños Laguna. Another print issue of Philippine postage stamp commemorated the invention and honored the inventor during the celebration of the golden foundation anniversary (50th year) of the Filipino Inventors Society in 1993.
5. AGAPITO FLORES, whose fluorescent lamp was said to have been presented to the then President of his time who was not so impressed. However, a visitor from General Electric was attracted to the flickering tube and invited Flores and his family to the USA. (However, this unverified claim has been made controversial by a similar claim by another Filipino inventor. In which ever case, it is generally believed that the invention can incontestably be chalked up to the Filipino scoreboard)
6. ROBERTO L. DEL ROSARIO invented the Sing-Along System (SAS) which he has been toying with even before the Japanese and Taiwanese could produce the versions of their own. Today, this system is popularly known as the “Karaoke”. Also his was the original one-man-band (OMB), an electronic piano with built-in tones of various musical instruments
7. FELIPE G. ODULIO, a prolific mechanical engineer having a strong background in industrial electronics, patented, among his many other remarkable designs and inventions, a computer logic circuit in the early sixties. Were it not for lack of financial backing, he would have been able to develop it to be first Filipino computer very much ahead of American Bill Gates and others.
8. DR. ARGUELLES, for his invention of an anti-biotic called “Eloson”
9. DR. FE DEL MUNDO, for her baby incubator.
10. DR. JUAN SALCEDO, for his tiki-tiki out of rice bran.
11. Inventor MA. CARLITA REX-DORAN was first to convert liquid alcohol into solidified cooking fuel called “Siroca Solid Alco Fuel” for which she won National Inventors Week major awards in the chemical category.
12. Inventor ERLINDA CASTRO SANQUI - WOMAN INVENTOR OF THE YEAR 1990 DOST Annual Technology Fair and National Inventors Week. Inventions: Fruit Cake Filipina and Rita Ritz Pito-Pito Herbal Tea.
13. Inventor MARGARITA CENTENO - World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) GOLD MEDALIST YOUNG INVENTOR OF THE YEAR. Invention: “MARWOOD” transformation of waste materials
14. Inventor ARMENGOL G. DATOR - Twice NIW AWARDEE FOR INVENTION EXCELLENCE Inventions: cardiac rehabilitation machine, street sweeping device, “Bunot” (floor polisher) exerciser, and a police nightstick.
15. Inventor SIMPLICIO CAPULE (deceased) - His Super Baby Oven LPGas fired, convection type and the Capule Rotary Oven have revolutionized the baking industry of the Philippines by promoting modern scientific baking businesses using minimal space and capital outlay. Ubiquitous Hot Pandesal booths mushroomed at almost every street corner in towns and cities all over the country. Simplicio is survived by his son Eduardo, who took up after his father in productive inventing.
16. Inventor ALFREDO M. ANOS, SR., (deceased) - Self-educated, highly prolific savant laureate-genius proclaimed “godfather” of Filipino inventors. Expertise: mechanical and electrical engineering, agri-cultural, industrial and medical equipment designing, as well as electronics and acoustics sciences. Founder of Anos Research, current producer of “Penetrator” Firetrucks by his enterprising heirs.
17. Inventor BORMEO G. MODANZA - Served as National President of the Filipino Inventors Society, Inc. (FIS) for nine (9) solid years resulting in the passage of Republic Act No. 7459 known as the Inventors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines which he “fathered” by principally lobbying for its passage. Also accredited to his efforts is the issuance of Presidential Proclamation No. 285 calling for the official celebration of National Inventors Week. His many inventions deal in agriculture and construction. Presently Chairman of the Board of Directors and Bureau Head for organizational affairs.
18. Dr. DANTE V. LIBAN, PhD- Served as Chairman and President and now National Director of FIS. Co-Holder of UM Patent No. 2-2005-000145 for a unique “Ambidex” Tablet School Chair. Also Served as Special Adviser and Director General during his 9-year office as Representative of the 2nd District of Quezon City. He was instrumental in obtaining the congressional release of P30M funding for the construction of the Philippine Invention Development Center beside TAPI in the compound of the Department of Science and Technology
The active membership of the Society spiraled to 100 and gradually to over 400 stout-hearted men and women who intimately shared the same aspirations and common goal: the upliftment of the neglected, ignored, unrecognized and virtually unknown Filipino inventor. Nationwide, there are about 3000 to 4000 patent holders and intellectual property exponents in one way or another. FIS is constantly trying to reach out to all of them in the belief that they all share the same rights, privileges and protection under Republic Acts 8293 and 7459 and that in harmony of union, there is nurturing of strength.
Today, though the leadership is buffeted by inter-political power struggle, flak and hostility from many sides, mostly out of ignorance and indifference, the thrust of organization’s ideals and the momentum of its noble programs and projects lurch on with even greater dynamism and resolve. Neither hail nor hassle shall dampen the drive of the devoted professional men and women at the helm of the country’s singular greatest natural resource---the Filipino inventors whose intellectual property and God-given talents are the hope of the nation to emerge from this quagmire of stagnancy and be lifted to join the global village of prosperous nations!
SOME OF THE OUTSTANDING MEMBERS
FIS ACHIEVEMENTS THEN AND NOW
The FIS held the first “National Exhibition of Inventions” on February 12, 1955 at the National Development Corporation compound at Pureza Street, Sampaloc, Manila, to initially highlight the inventiveness of Filipinos. Subsequently, it secured Proclamation 187 declaring the celebration of the annual “National Inventors Week” which was amended under Proclamations No. 355 and 285 by President Fidel Ramos. This annual event has effectively enhanced the promotion and recognition of local inventions, innovations and technologies thru government-organized and privately-sponsored exhibits and expositions here and abroad.
FIS single-handedly lobbied for the passage of Republic Act 7459, otherwise known as the Inventors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines giving more privileges than the previous RA 3850, as amended, and is being nationally implemented by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) thru the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI), by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the Department of Finance, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
In 1988 FIS became a full voting member of the International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA) organized and assisted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and was represented at the conventions and symposia held in Malaysia, Beijing (PROC), Finland, USA, Switzerland, South Korea and other countries.
The voting power of FIS was dramatically demonstrated in the historic International Convention of Inventors Associations in Beijing, China, a general assembly of the IFIA attended by representatives of inventors organizations of over 80 countries including the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Sweden and Japan, held every two years.
FIS has also linked and signed up Memoranda of Agreement and Understanding with many government and private agencies and organizations such as the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Postharvest Research and Extension, Department of Agriculture RFU 5, Meganomics Specialists International, Inc., ADTECH Group, KASAMA and SAGIP Environment, Inc., Technology and Livelihood Resource Center and TechAIR Global currently has technical working groups engaged in “techno-pool” joint-effort endeavors and projects in the interest of national technological progress and consequential economic uptliftment.
FIS initiated/participated with various academic institutions such as the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De la Salle University, and the Technological Universities of the Philippines in research and development policy formulation and advocacy.
FIS formed the Filipino Multi-purpose Cooperative, duly registered with the Cooperative Development Authority to provide an outlet for marketable and commercially viable inventions/innovations.
FIS today boasts of a wide spectrum of inventive/innovative talents and capabilities from low to high end technologies that can address all areas of agricultural, industrial, housing, ecological, energy conservation, power management, and economic concerns. It has put in place idea generators and the means by which viable ideas can be quickly developed and promoted with the help of industrial designers, skilled entrepreneurs and experienced managerial executors.
THE FILIPINO INVENTORS' SOCIETY DIAMOND JUBILEE
Grand FIS Diamond Jubilee Concert Hall of Fame Awards Night celebration of the 60th year of the historic Society since its heroic days of organization in 1943 held on December 6, 2003 at Crossroads 77 Convenarium Diliman, Quezon City.
The Malabrigo, Lobo, Batangas Sea Bliss Artificial Coral Reef Rejuvenation Pilot Project in conjunction with the Bureau of Fishery & Aquatic Resources Costal Environment Rehabilitation Program. FIS Directors meeting with the Lobo Municipality officials, early May, 2005.
Pursuit of passage of the House and Senate Bills for re-institution of the National Inventors Commission (NIC), consolidating laws, orders and the like including RA 7459 for better inventors’ incentives and cognizance. People empowerment is the strongest element of an effective organizational or institutional structure. FIS yearns for government support in the manner that economically advanced countries have cuddled their intellectual property exponents. FIS desires a degree of autonomical empowerment to demonstrate with a free hand the full extent of its capabilities. This move is an opportunity for the government to privatize some of its functions and funds into the clear and transparent responsibility and accountability of NIC and a chance for inventors to prove their viability as an economic resource.
Reach out to about 3,000 inventors nation-wide to be organized into chapters to make it a federated umbrella organization of Filipino inventors whether it be regional, provincial or other modes of organizational zoning.
Strengthen its organization development program, expand its membership base and consolidate its gains to increase linkages with more institutions that could help in the development of indigenous technology.
Aggressive pursuit of the ASEAN Patent Cooperation Treaty with the Intellectual Property Office (Philippine Patent Office) for the benefit of its members in consultation with WIPO and IFIA. Alongside is another proposal for a federation of inventors’ organizations in the ASEAN or Asia-
Pacific basin concurrent with a National Federation of Filipino Inventors’ Associations with the Filipino Inventors Society as the umbrella organization.
Seek and secure outlays, donations, grants-in-aids from various local and foreign benefactors, organizations and institutions to fund the various stages of developing inventions and innovations from idea to marketplace under the Adopt An Invention Program of the Society.
Utilize the expertise of professional, financial, management and marketing establishments or individuals to bring inventions within the reach of people.
Intensified negotiation of grant-in-aids for our national headquarters including the setting-up of a fully computerized Data Bank: Technology, Intellectual Property and Technical Information Library and Brokering Office for promoting, establishing and enhancing business and entrepreneurial linkages with world wide access and fast track information processing. This makes up the nucleus, heart and core of the proposed Philippine Invention Center in the Capital City to house a permanent national expository of Filipino inventive and innovative achievements (past, present and future), historical museum and Hall of Fame, Science and Invention Convention Hall. The Center is envisioned to serve as an important and prestigious tourism landmark giving re-cognition to the nation’s singular greatest natural resource: the Filipino inventor and intellectual proponent. R&D infra-structural development of the FIS Productivity Center featuring common service research and development laboratory, prototyping, workshop shop facilities, industrial design, packaging, warehousing, and other special service facilities for all member inventors.
THE FIS 10-POINT AGENDA 2009
Aimed at Benefiting the Invention Welfare Programs under the new leadership PURSUANT TO THE BOARD-APPROVED ACTIVITIES, PROJECTS AND UNDERTAKINGS, FOR IMMEDIATE IMPLEMENTATION, as follows, in their numerical order of priority:
Point 1 MASSIVE FUND RAISING CAMPAIGN initiated by Emeritus Chairman of the Board Dr. Rolando Hortaleza of Splash Corporation particularly for FIS R&D Facility, and by President Dante V. Liban aimed at direct grants from foreign institutions and International Cooperative and Development Agencies such as JICA, JETRO, US-AID, AUSAID, UNDP, Chambers of Commerce and Industry, World Bank, ADB, etc.
Point 2 RE-ORGANIZATION and CREATION OF SPECIAL ACTION BUREAUS, COMMITTEES and TECHNICAL WORKING GROUPS.
Point 3 PUBLIC INFORMATION DRIVE for enhanced FIS image by maximized tri-media exposure programs.
Point 4 JUNIOR FILIPINO INVENTORS SOCIETY auxiliary organization of young accomplished inventors, awardees for excellent achievement in science and innovative technologies, and aspiring youths in elementary, high school and college, out-of-school youths, and exemplary young entrepreneurs. Inception was made with the initial membership of two outstanding students of Fountain International School: Royce Pacibe and Raffy Dimakuta, both age 13, International “Olympiad” Gold Medal awardees for their “crystal radio” invention, each awarded a Plaque of Recognition by the Filipino Inventors Society, followed and replicated by nearly 70 other young and gifted students from many different science and vocational schools in the tele-communications, environmental and energy conservation category, who were likewise awarded similarly. Hundreds more from state universities and colleges are next in line especially in the technopreneurial category.
Point 5 OPENING OF MORE (FIS) PINOY TECHNO BAZAARS:
(a) Sponsored showcases in commercial spots
(b) Mobile “Rolling Store” Pinoy Techno Bazaar.
Point 6 DOUBLE-EFFORT LEGISLATIVE PURSUIT OF SENATE AND CONGRESSHOUSE BILLS APPROVAL FOR RE-INSTITUTION OF THE NATIONAL INVENTORS COMMISSION (NIC). Intensified strategic, well-timed, well-placed and well-organized lobbying action to emphatically stress the great importance of the passing of these Bills not only to inventors but to the entire nation.
Point 7 MORE VIGOROUS, BROADER and MORE MEANINGFUL LINKAGES with RELEVANT GOVERNMENT AGENCIES as well as with PRIVATE ENTITIES and INTERNATIONAL COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS.
Point 8 MORE AGGRESSIVE TO-THE-LETTER IMPLEMENTATION OF RA 7459 by:
(a) Revisitation and consolidation of Implementing Rules and Regulations; and
(b) MOA/U with BIR, BOI, etc. to accelerate permits processing (their functions could be delegated to TAPI to put up a one-stop-shop facilitation, etc.).
Point 9 PURSUIT OF INFRA-STRUCTURE PROJECTS:
(a) Completion of the unfinished Philippine Invention Development Center (PIDC) beside TAPI building, DOST compound;
(b) Construction of Mobile Techno Bazaar Van or “Invention Products Showcase on Wheels” for maximum exposure promotion and marketing; and
(c) Erection of FIS permanent expository landmark Philippine Invention Center in the Capital City of Manila to house our Convention Center, Hall of Fame and Museum, PR and Information Office, Showroom and Sales Office, etc.
Point 10 Better-organized, publicized and more attractive November NIW celebration with sponsored souvenir program magazines, side shows, and invention products exposition featuring both local and invited foreign exhibitors, supplemented by:
• Printing, publication and national/international distribution of “The PHILIPPINE INVENTORS & INVENTIONS CATALOG & DIRECTORY” designed to arouse, motivate, inspire, guide and inform inventors and would-be inventors and innovators in the development and protection of the intellectual property of Filipinos; featuring pertinent information on past and present Filipino inventors and their respective inventions
• Printing and dissemination of FIS Prospectus 2010 edition;
• Printing and publication of FIS NEWSLETTER with improved editorial quality and greater scope of circulation to be undertaken by the designated Bureau.
All of the foregoing programs, projects and special activities are conceived, designed and are currently being put into action to help in the development of inventions, innovations, utility and design ideas (as in drawing, planning, experimentation, prototyping, researches, patent application, production financing, commercialization and marketing) with the Special Projects Committee of the present leadership.
The time has come for the intellectual property product of the Filipino to be globally competitive and recognized. Given the proper support, the right environment and adequate atmosphere of economic freedom, that time is now.