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36-year old inventor from Laguna, Melchor Heñosa, has finally paved his way to success by being rewarded as the Grand Prize Winner of the Outstanding Invention (Tuklas) Category during the National Invention Contests and Exhibits (NICE) held July 28-31, 2016 in Pasay City.

Handing him the Php150,000 cash, DOST Certificate, TAPI plaque, and WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Gold Medal, DOST Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Pena (also one of the former directors of DOST-TAPI), extended his appreciation in recognizing Filipino inventions as world class and truly innovative.

All the hardships and perseverance has paid off, seeing his invention, “The Leak Sealing Valve for Brake System of Motor Vehicle” (Patent No. 1-2011-000312) now recognized nationwide. Said invention was developed six years ago with the assistance of DOST-TAPI in the development of its prototype under the Industry-Based Invention Development (IBID) Assistance Program and Invention-Based Enterprise Development (IBED) Assistance Program. Heñosa extend his gratitude to the DOST -Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI), in providing financial assistance in the commercialization of his invention. Mr. Heñosa learned about the said assistance through the Provincial S&T Office in Sta. Maria, Laguna. And because he is really interested in developing his invention he sought people and agencies that might help which led him to TAPI. Though he does not have formal schooling about Automotive or Mechanical Engineering, he really had been familiar with car machinery while working as a jeepney driver for 13 years.

He disclosed that the original name of the invention was actually Security Break and Non Break System. The name was changed when he patented it and IPOPHL suggested that the “The Leak Sealing Valve for Brake System of Motor Vehicle” is the appropriate name.

The said invention maintains the pressure in car brake system. It is an automatic check valve that stops the leak after its first drip. There will still be a brake because the pressure remains. The Valve can be used by many cars since most of the cars use hydraulic brakes. Almost 95% of vehicles use hydraulic brakes. This device, as the inventor claimed, can last for 20 years since he used the same materials used in master cylinders that lasts for 20 years.

This invention prevents loose brakes and thus, saving lives and properties.

From left to right: Ms. Mechelle DV Balboa (IBED Program Manager), Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena (Invention Development Division Chief), Mr. Melchor L. Heñosa and Mr. Redentor A. Noche during the awarding of Certificate of Completion of Component 1 and MOA Signing and Orientation for Component 2 under IBED.

TAPI helped Mr. Heñosa to prototype and test his invention. Last 10 August 2016, Mr. Heñosa signed a Memorandum of Agreement with TAPI, lending him Php726,800.00 for the acquisition of a die cast mold to assist him in the eventual mass production for the commercialization of his invention. He is now eyeing big automotive companies in the country to tie up with and further improve his invention to make a customized size for big trucks.

Truly, as the renowned philosopher Plato said “Necessity is the mother of inventions”, just like Mr. Heñosa who was just having an ordinary day at work, found the need for innovation in hydraulic brakes. He now actually has other invention ideas in his head. He encourages everyone to invent and persevere on goals despite adversities, “Anyone can invent. Kapag may nakita kang problema, gawan mo ng solusyon, makaka-imbento ka”, he said. “Kapag may goal ka, ‘wag ka agad hihinto, maging makulit ka”, he added. (Mario Rance)

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