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Douglas Paticawen: Transforming Livelihoods in Cordillera through Innovation

Meet Douglas Paticawen, the visionary Igorot inventor reshaping Cordillera's future through sustainable development and community empowerment.

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Learn how Douglas Paticawen's inventions are driving change in Cordillera's agriculture, enhancing productivity, and creating new opportunities for local communities.

In the heart of the Cordillera region lies the remarkable story of Douglas Paticawen, an exceptional Igorot inventor and fabricator. From his humble beginnings in Mountain Province, Paticawen has risen to prominence through his innovative creations that have reshaped the local landscape.

The Beginning of Innovation

Paticawen's journey into invention began with a simple yet ingenious machine: the "dapilan," crafted to extract sugarcane for muscovado or molasses production. This initial creation laid the foundation for a series of groundbreaking innovations that would revolutionize livelihoods across Cordillera.

Coffee grinder and Coffee roaster

A Diverse Portfolio of Solutions

Paticawen's inventions cater to a diverse range of needs within the local farming and processing industries. From coco dust machines for coconut processing to dehydrators for tea leaves, each creation addresses specific challenges faced by the community.

Among his notable inventions are the multi-function huller, capable of processing rice, coffee, and corn, and a shredder designed to tackle the issue of plastic waste. Additionally, his coffee roaster has gained popularity among enthusiasts for its efficiency and precision.

Mr. Douglas Paticawen, fabricator of the rice mill and also a SETUP beneficiary in Benguet, demonstrates how to operate the equipment. Photo: DOST-CAR

Recognition on the Global Stage

In 1995, Paticawen represented the Philippines in the inaugural ASEAN Skills Olympics in Malaysia, where his expertise in fabrication earned international acclaim. This recognition not only elevated his profile but also highlighted the ingenuity present within Filipino innovation.

Collaborative Efforts for Impact

Paticawen's impact extends beyond his workshop, thanks to strategic collaborations with government agencies and institutions. Partnerships with the Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology, and other stakeholders have facilitated the widespread adoption of his inventions, fostering economic growth and job creation in Cordillera communities.

Empowering Local Communities

At the core of Paticawen's work lies a commitment to empowering local communities and fostering sustainable development. By providing access to innovative machinery, he has enabled farmers and entrepreneurs to enhance productivity, reduce post-harvest losses, and create value-added products.

Conclusion: Forging a Brighter Future

Douglas Paticawen's journey epitomizes the transformative power of grassroots innovation. Through his ingenuity and perseverance, he has not only transformed livelihoods in Cordillera but also inspired a new generation of inventors to harness their creativity for the betterment of society. As we look to the future, let us continue to support and celebrate visionaries like Paticawen who dare to imagine a world where innovation knows no bounds.

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