• Help pioneering Pinay inventor, govt urged

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    The government should help the group of Filipina inventor Aisa Mijeno to realize their goal of mass-producing their saltwater-powered LED lamp, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said on Monday.

    It is sad, according to Marcos, that the government is yet to provide support for Mijeno’s invention when both US President Barack Obama and Chinese billionaire Jack Ma of Alibaba had recognized the potential of her invention.

    Mijeno, CEO of SALt (Sustainable Alternative Lighting), shared the stage with Obama and Ma at the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) CEO Summit where Obama moderated a session after his speech on climate change.

    She said her group needed funding to mass-produce the lamp.

    “SALt’s invention has gained international attention and earned various awards and it is puzzling why we have not seen any effort from the government to help bring this product of Filipino ingenuity to the market,” Marcos noted.

    Powered only by a solution of water and two tablespoons of salt or plain seawater, the LED lamp can provide 8-hours of light.

    The senator said SALt’s invention, which will provide a cheap and dependable source of light in many rural areas of the country where there is still no electricity, will also give employment if mass-produced here in the country.

    At the very least, Marcos added, concerned government agencies should take the initiative of reaching out to Mijeno’s group to inform them of the assistance they could avail of under Republic Act 7459 or the Investors and Inventions Incentives Act.

    He said inventors were complaining in the past that they experienced difficulty in trying to avail of incentives they are entitled to receive under the law, prompting many of them to find support outside the country.

    “We should be the first ones to benefit from the innovative creations of our inventors. Unless we give them adequate support, we will always lose out on investors abroad who are always on the lookout for promising new products,” Marcos added.

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