PHilMech R&D head receives Maramba Award
(by Vladimir B. Caliguiran  5/14/2012)

Dr. Manolito C. Bulaong (left) receives his Maramba Award from PSAE Officials.

Dr. Manolito C. Bulaong, PHilMech R&D director, received the Maramba Award, the highest award and recognition given to a Filipino agricultural engineer in the recently concluded 62nd Annual Convention of Philippine Society of Agricultural Engineers (PSAE) in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

The ‘Maramba Award’ or the Most Outstanding Agricultural Engineer is given to outstanding professionals who had significant contributions in advancing the theory and practice of the Agricultural Engineering profession.

Dr. Bulaong is known for the development of technologies like Computer Vision for Milled Rice Quality Analysis, Multi-fuel Biomass Furnace, and Pneumatic Corn Planter. He was also named as the PSAE’s Outstanding Agricultural Engineer in the field of Farm Power and Machinery, and in the field of Postharvest and Energy Engineering in 2011 and 1997, respectively.

Likewise, Engr. Genaro M. Tolentino and Engr. Andres M. Tuates, Jr, were adjudged as Outstanding Agricultural Engineers in the field of Agricultural Extension, and Agricultural Instrumentation and Control, respectively.

Engr. Tolentino, division chief of PHilMech’s Enterprise Development Division, is currently the progeam leader of the KOICA-funded program Establishment of Modern Integrated Rice Processing Complexes in the FOur Provinces in the Philippines.. Engr. Andres M. Tuates, Jr is a Science Research Specialist at the Bio-Process Engineering Division of PHilMech.He is involved in research and development on agricultural mechanization, waste management and utilization, and processing of agri-fishery products.

On the other hand, the paper of Dr.Romualdo C. Martinez on “Development of Drying Systems for Granulated Cassava as Animal Feed Ingredient” was the 2nd Best Paper for the Processing, Food Engineering and Materials Science category. The paper “Development of a Computer Vision System for Brown Rice quality Analysis” by Engr. Andres M. Tuates, Engr. Aileen R. Ligisan, and Dr.Manolito C. Bulaong won the 3rd Best Paper on Agricultural Machinery, Mechanization and Instrumentation category.

Yearly, PHilMech engineers gain recognitions from PSAE. The gathering of agricultural engineers was held on April 23-27, 2012 with the theme “Providing Broad-Based Agricultural Engineering Solutions to Attain Food Self-Sufficiency”. This was the highlight of the 23rd Philippine Agricultural Engineering Week.