by Jund Rian A. Doringo

Taguig City – The Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) announced the call for entries to the 2021 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits.

RICE is a nationwide activity that recognizes the indispensability of Filipino inventors and researchers

RICE is a nationwide activity that recognizes the indispensability of Filipino men and women inventors and researchers in the landscape of national development through a form of competition.

It give encouragement to inventors and researchers to showcase their inventive prowess as they fight for cash incentives, awards, and bragging rights to represent their region to the National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE).

“The regional contest serves as the qualifying round to the NICE pursuant to Republic Act 7459 or the Inventors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines,” said DOST-TAPI Director Edgar I. Garcia.

The contestants have a chance to compete for the outstanding invention, utility model, industrial design, creative research, and student creative research for high school and college students.

Each of the qualifying entries will be judged according to the category they have chosen by an esteemed panel of judges.

Some of the criteria for judging include novelty, commercial viability, stage of development and cost, unique value proposition, and scientific and technical merits, among others.

The 2021 RICE, in close collaboration with the DOST Regional Offices, will be conducted all throughout the year with the following schedules and deadline of submission of entries:


RICE Schedule

Deadline of Submission

I Ilocos

21-23 September 2021

30 July 2021

II Cagayan Valley

05-07 October 2021

01 August 2021

Cordillera Administrative

07-09 September 2021

13 July 2021

III Central Luzon

19-21 October 2021

30 July 2021


18-20 May 2021

15 April 2021


25-27 May 2021

18 April 2021

National Capital

15-17 June 2021

30 April 2021

V Bicol

01-03 June 2021

16 April 2021

VI Western Visayas

06-08 July 2021

09 May 2021

VII Central Visayas

21-23 July 2021

30 May 2021

VIII Eastern Visayas

03-05 August 2021

08 June 2021

IX Zamboanga Peninsula

17-19 August 2021

13 June 2021

X Northern Mindanao

26-28 October 2021

30 July 2021

XI Davao

03-05 November 2021

03 October 2021


16-18 November 2021

30 June 2021

XIII Caraga

07-09 December 2021

06 September 2021

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