𝐂𝐚𝐭𝐒𝐔 𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐂 𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝟐𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐎𝐒𝐓 𝐑𝐈𝐂𝐄
Category : ATIC |
Sub Category : CatSU-ATIC Posted on 2021-10-18 14:47:14
The Catanduanes State University - Abaca Technology and Innovation Center (CatSU ATIC) won the 2nd prize award in the DOST Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) held on October 12-14, 2021.
The Abaca core wine by Asst. Prof. Abelisa De Guzman-Evangelista, Director of the CatSU-ATIC, garnered the LIKHA Award for Outstanding Creative Research Second Prize winner for the Government-funded projects. A cash incentive of Php 10,000 was also received by the center.
The CatSU-ATIC, supported by the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office V and DOST Provincial Science and Technology Center, is continuously working on non-traditional applications of abaca utilizing its stripping refuse parts or the plant parts that are not included in the fiber industry such as leaves, ginuphan, flower, fruit and core. While abaca fiber is essential in the economic activity of the island province, these abaca plant parts that are thrown during the stripping process or pag-hagot have some value that can be used for income generating activities of the abaca farmers.
According to the study, the Development of the abaca core wine was based from the modified procedure of Dr. Erlinda Dizon of the University of the Philippines Los Baños who made bignay wine in 2011, and the yeast alcoholic fermentation process of Grame and Roy Walker in 2018.
“There are many research undertakings in the development of abaca wine here in our province and in the region, the difference is that the ATIC’s abaca core wine can be prepared even inside the homes of our fellow abacaleros in which materials and ingredients are found in their kitchen or commonly available in the market and convenience store,” Director Evangelista said.
She then added that with the support of CatSU ATIC’s partner agencies, they could make the abaca wine reach the local market and proceed to commercialization that will provide more employment and value-adding to the abaca plant.
Research aides Angelic T. Tayamora and Joel F. Litong provide technical and administrative assistance in the activities of the CatSU-ATIC. Along with the non-traditional application of abaca, the center also focuses on the improvement of the abaca post-harvest facilities and development of an abaca information system.
The DOST-RICE is a bi-annual activity held along with the annual Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW). RICE recognizes the indispensability of local inventors and innovators as contributors for national economic development. #JEPM