In this year’s National Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Scholars’ Summit (NDSS), scholars from DOST IX bagged the best proposal award for their modified greenhouse entry.
DOST announced this in a statement issued Thursday, June 10. DOST said that the scholars’ entry – which was artfully named “Balay” – promotes the construction of modified, open-air greenhouses optimized for “microspace” farming.
“Balay” is a play on the words “Bahay ng Gulay.” It is intended to address the effects of the pandemic on food production and security.
DOST said that “Balay” proposes innovative applications for horticulture through revamped hydroponics, the utilization of upcycled plastic and metals, and the education and upskilling of its beneficiaries on urban space farming.
The proposal was developed by the DOST-IX Scholar’s Initiative Club Zamboanga (SICLUB). The team was also the only tertiary school outside Luzon to move to the final round.
The group of young innovators was composed of Jessie Locsin, Ibni Jihad Jhulsadjiri, Elexi Kae Elumba, April Mae Go, and Almer Chris Calma Tuayon. They were were given a fiberglass trophy, certificates, and a cash prize.
The NDSS is an annual, nationwide gathering that aims to promote scientific awareness, bridge career opportunities, and build connections among DOST scholars.
Due to the pandemic, DOST said that this year’s event was held through an online platform. Despite some limitations, DOST noted that the event was still successful.