WITH the use of recycled materials, an Electrical Engineering student from the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) built a 4-in-1 emergency kit that featured a handy flashlight, lamp, electric fan and USB charging port.

Paul Bryan Mancenido said that his experiences as a young boy repairing devices for free inspired this creation. He said that he grew up playing and experimenting with broken motor parts as his father has been an airconditioning mechanic.

"My mantra has always been not to let go of scrap materials just yet. They can still be reused and recycled, especially now when we can't easily go out due to the pandemic," Mancenido expressed.

He recalled that people would sometimes belittle his ideas, but he continues to strive so he can become a full-fledged manufacturing engineer.

He said that after years of failures and self-conceptualizing, it has now somehow bore fruit, and that this was only his beginning.

TIP Electrical Engineering Department Program Chairman Ariel Magat lauded Mancenido's creation as it highlighted innovation using repurposed materials.

"Marcenido's project would definitely open up other bright ideas from our students and other young inventors out there. This would encourage them to explore [the] integration of various concepts and technology – things that are already on hand but just waiting to be tapped and reproduced into innovative tools, gadgets or equipment," he added.

Magat emphasized the importance of finding purpose and inspiration from the things in our own environment. He said that "breakthroughs [do] not necessarily mean discovering new things – [they] may also be about looking at improving those around us,"