In­ven­tors pay trib­ute to late leader, ad­vo­cate

The Philippine Star - - CLASSI FINDER / PEOPLE & EVENTS - Rainier Allan Ronda

The coun­try’s in­ven­tors and in­no­va­tors mourn the pass­ing of their “fallen com­rade,” the late Bormeo Mo­danza, who they credit as the “fa­ther” of Re­pub­lic Act 7459 or the In­ven­tors and In­cen­tive Act of the Philip­pines which sadly re­main ig­nored by the gov­ern­ment un­til his dy­ing day.

Fran­cisco Pa­gayon, gen­eral man­ager and pres­i­dent of the Filipino In­ven­tors So­ci­ety Pro­duc­ers Co­op­er­a­tive ( FISPC), said that Filipino in­ven­tors owed a lot to Mo­danza, a for­mer pres­i­dent of the Filipino In­ven­tors So­ci­ety ( FIS), and also the FISPC, sit­ting as the FISPC vice chair­man on his demise last week, for his steady and re­lent­less pur­suit of con­cerns of lo­cal in­ven­tors and in­no­va­tors amid gov­ern­ment’s lack of sup­port and even as­sis­tance.

“His name was and still is syn­ony­mous with FIS, the Flipino In­ven­tors So­ci­ety. When­ever FIS is men­tioned, we think of Ming,” Pa­gayon said.

Pa­gayon shared tha t Mo­danz a , while he fought for his fel­low in­ven­tors, was also an ex­am­ple of the gov­ern­ment’s ne­glect of lo­cal in­ven­tors.

“That’s why I want our other fel­low in­ven­tors to know that Ka Ming has passed so maybe they can still pay homage to him. Ka Ming has helped a lot of in­ven­tors. There are sev­eral who are now rec­og­nized in­ven­tors and are en­joy­ing busi­ness suc­cess that got a lot of help from Ka Ming,” Pa­gayon said.

Pa­gayon shared that Mo­danza’s role in the pas­sage and en­act­ment of RA 7459 was recorded in the first re­port is­sued by the sub- com­mit­tee of the con­gres­sional over­sight com­mit­tee and Science and Tech­nol­ogy com­mit­tee which states that the FIS men­tioned re­peat­edly in the said law specif­i­cally rec­og­nizes the FIS as headed by Bormeo “Ming“Mo­danza who lob­bied for the pass­ing of the law.

“This is in­deli­bly writ­ten in the records of the ar­chives of the con­gres­sional li­brary... There­fore, and hereto­fore, let it be known and de­clared that the name of Ming Mo­danza will go down in the an­nals of the history of the Filipino In­ven­tors So­ci­ety as the most il­lus­tri­ous fig­ure among its mem­bers and of­fi­cers who has served his fel­low In­ven­tors for over three decades,” Pa­gayon said.

Mo­danza has re­cently slammed the Depart­ment of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (DOST) for its dis­mal fail­ure to fulfi ll its man­date to pro­vide as­sis­tance to Filipino in- ven­tors and in­no­va­tors by help­ing them with the pro­cess­ing of their patent ap­pli­ca­tions.

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