Scholars of the Department of Science and Technology IX (DOST IX) had recently been given the best proposal award for their modified greenhouse entry in this year’s National DOST Scholars’ Summit (NDSS).
Intended to address the effects of the pandemic on food production and security, the artfully named “Balay” - a play on the words “Bahay ng Gulay” - promotes the construction of modified, open-air greenhouses optimized for microspace farming.
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), and was the only tertiary school outside Luzon to move to the final round. Members Jessie Locsin, Ibni Jihad Jhulsadjiri, Elexi Kae Elumba, April Mae Go, and Almer Chris Calma Tuayon earned a fiberglass trophy, certificates and a cash prize for the win.
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, this year’s event had been held through an online platform.
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