The PulayWood feasibility study of five Industrial Engineering students was awarded first place in the 2018 BIDA Awards besting 11 other projects in the competition’s non-food category.
For this year’s search, 70 projects were submitted from different schools from all over the country. After three screenings, 46 projects advanced to the final evaluation but only 35 were included in the final listing for the search’s four (4) categories: food, non-food, service, and technology. The IE program sent six (6) feasibility projects which successfully qualified as finalists. The student proponents conducted their final oral and visual presentation at the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Office in Taguig City on October 2, 2018.
After the final judging, the CineMasa (a moving cinema concept) was awarded 2nd place for the service category, Thermalight (a heat light generator concept) placed 3rd in the technology category. The PulayWood (a particle board made from squid pen and rice husks) was awarded first and ManiTela (a cloth from peanut fibers) placed 3rd for the non-food category.
Other finalists were the Groomé Services and Teddy Bank.
The student proponents were accompanied by their advisers: Engr. Aylene R. Ingkoh (ManiTela), Engr. Ryann A. Castillo (PulayWood), Engr. Jocelyn P. Castillo (Thermalight), Engr. Ivy L. Francisco (CineMasa and Groomé) and Engr. Marlon C. Grande (Teddy Bank).
The Business Idea Development Award was launched in 2007 by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce together with the Planters Bank of the Philippines and Department of Trade and Industry. Its aim is to bring out the entrepreneurial spirit and creativeness of the students. (Engr. Ivy L. Francisco, College of Engineering)