The Department of Science and Technology-MIMAROPA (DOST-MIMAROPA) and the DOST-Technology Application Promotion Institute is now calling local inventors, designers, researchers, and students in the MIMAROPA region to showcase their inventions and research at the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) slated on May 25-27, 2021.

Pursuant to Section 4 of the RA 7459 also known as the Inventors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines, RICE is a biennial nationwide activity designed to encourage Filipino inventors and researchers to use their inventive capability by competing for cash rewards and recognitions.

Bearing the theme “Imbensyon at Inobasyon Para sa Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaayusan at Kinabukasan,” this year’s MIMAROPA RICE will especially put the focus on the promotion of science, technology, and innovation (STI) that may have significant contribution and are not contrary to public order, morals, public health, and welfare.

There are five (5) categories where both public and private sectors can compete in. These are the Outstanding Invention (Tuklas Award), Outstanding Utility Model (Unlad Award), Outstanding Industrial Design (Banghay Award), Outstanding Creative Research (Likha Award), Outstanding Student Creative Research (Sibol Award) for High School and College Students.

New features are to be expected in this year’s implementation in response to the new normal brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic—to wit, the entire event will be held virtually. It will also be the first time that the participants in the final round will be required to submit video presentations which will then be posted on DOST-TAPI Page and entries with the highest engagement rate per category will be dubbed as the People’s Choice, a main criterion in the final judging.

On the other hand, Out-of-School Youths are now eligible to join either in the Creative Research Category or the Student Creative Research Category. Provided that entries are duly endorsed by the DOST-MIMAROPA and/or DOST-TAPI accredited inventor’s organization within the region.

Cash awards up to P50,000 await the 2021 RICE winners. Winners will represent the region in the National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) next year.

The deadline for the submission of entries is on April 18, 2021.  You may submit your entry by filling out the google form: bit.ly/2021MIMAROPARICE. To download the 2021 RICE Rules and Criteria and needed entry forms per category, go to the link: cutt.ly/2021RICEDownloadableForm.

For any questions and concerns, you may contact DOST-MIMAROPA through their email official@mimaropa.dost.gov.ph or via mobile number 09959726258.

Previous Winners

Last 2019, a total of 78 entries from the five (5) provinces of MIMAROPA competed in RICE held at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum, Palawan.  Winning entries consisted of innovative solutions for such areas as food sustainability, aquaculture, agriculture, industry, health, and the environment. They represented the MIMAROPA region during the National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) last year.

In the 2020 NICE, high school students from Bansud National High School (Regional Science High School) in Oriental Mindoro clinched the second prize in the Student Creative Research (SIBOL) for High School category. These STEM students developed an antimicrobial Nano-Drop Solution to combat diseases caused by bacteria or fungi called the Ag-Chitochin (Silver-Chitosan). The said invention has already gained its patent application number.