A technology project showing a new way to extend shelf life of the salted egg, a Filipino delicacy made by soaking duck or chicken eggs in brine, has won the 2019 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit (RICE) in CALABARZON held in September.
Ambrocio Kerwin A. Perez’s technology on rapid hygienic curing of shell eggs bagged the Outstanding Utility Model Award given by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to Filipino innovations during the event held from September 25-27, 2019, at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.
Perez’s salted egg technology bested four finalists for the utility award. The winning utility model is an accelerated curing of eggshells which enables salted eggs to have a shelf-life of up to 6 months without refrigeration.
“The application of my research would significantly reduce the curing time from the conventional 12-30 days to 1-7 days,” said Perez, researcher and owner of Eggciting Products Manufacturing.
Eggciting Products Manufacturing is the only company in the Philippines and the world able to manufacture salted eggs in commercial quantities under seven (7) days (from the usual 18+ days), demonstrating unparalleled productivity.
“The oversupply of eggs leads to serious industry losses and the industry’s lack of initiative to exert effort to ensure top quality fresh egg supply pushed me to do this research,” explained Perez in the DOST report sent to Good News Pilipinas.
Perez added that the research could benefit the multi-billion local egg industry, address food security as well as livelihood employment across the egg value chain, and preserve Filipinos’ cultural culinary identity.
As the top innovation winner, Perez received PhP25,000 and recognition from the Department of Science and Technology Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI.)
The Outstanding Utility Model, one of RICE’s six categories, recognizes new utility models or any industrial product which does not possess the quality of an invention but has practical utility by reason through form, configuration, construction, or composition.
The runners-up of the outstanding utility model category are as follows:
Safety Assembly for Watercraft and Amphibious Vessel
Tirso A. Ronquillo, Albertson Amante, and Armando Sinohin
System for Chlorine-free and Chemical-free Swimming Pool Filtration, Sterilization, and Ionization
Rodrigo P. Duque
Ambrocio Kerwin A. Perez’s salted egg technology will compete against other regional winners in the nationwide search for the National Invention Contest and Exhibit (NICE) 2020. The next RICE competitions are scheduled as follows:
08-10 October 2019
Bicol State College of Applied Science and Technology (BiSCAST), Naga City
15-17 October 2019
Civic Center, Candon, Ilocos Sur
21-25 October 2019
Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City
28-30 October 2019
SMX Davao Convention Center, Davao City
06-08 November 2019
Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP), Cubao, Quezon City
11-13 November 2019
Robinson’s Place, Bukidnon
18-22 November 2019
Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Nueva Ecija
20-21 November 2019
Bontoc, Mountain Province
27-29 November 2019
Puerto Princesa Coliseum, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
To be announced
The Farm@Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City, South Cotabato
Filipino innovations and inventions have made a mark in the world, among them, Illac Diaz with his award-winning Liter of Light, the Philippine micro satellites built by Filipino scientists from the University of the Philippines and DOST, and Dr. Lucille Abad’s food supplement using nuclear technology.
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