by Jund Rian A. Doringo

The Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) will hold the online 2021 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) call for entries on 14 April 2021 at 9AM via the DOST-TAPI Facebook page at

RICE is a way of recognizing the contributions of inventions and research in national development through a form of a friendly competition with humble prizes to be won and a chance to represent their regions to the national contest in 2022.

RICE gives due recognition to local inventors, innovators, and researchers

Four major topics will be presented in the virtual call for entries.

First, the 2021 RICE rules and guidelines will be presented as approved by the Screening Committee of the Republic Act 7459 or the Inventors and Invention Incentive Acts of the Philippines.

Second, the five categories where inventors and researchers can join in will be differentiated.

Third, the mechanics of submitting the entries including the RICE schedules and deadlines of the submission for entries unique for each region will be discussed.

And finally, the video presentation criteria for the final round will be introduced.

“We hope that with our usual cooperation and partnership that we disseminate this good cause in acknowledging our noble inventors, innovators, technology generators, and researchers in the country,” said Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena, Officer-in-Charge of DOST-TAPI.

In close collaboration with the DOST Regional Offices, the 2021 RICE will be conducted all throughout the year with the following schedule of activities:


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

To submit entries, please visit this link:

For more information on the 2021 RICE Rules and Criteria, please visit this link: or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and contact 8837 2071 local 2157.