The Department of Science and Technology – IX and Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) is holding the 2015 Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits (RICE) at the Centro Latino, Paseo del Mar, Zamboanga City with 87 entries vying for six (6) categories.
“We are conducting this very significant event to give recognition to inventors and researchers,” said DOST IX Regional Director Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano. The science agency believes that Filipinos are not short for ideas, and the DOST is here to support local innovative ideas that work and can help the country, she stated.
RICE is a good venue to promote science, technology, and innovation so as to encourage more people, especially those in the academe and industry to actively engage in research and development initiatives.
DOST-IX Assistant Regional Director Engr. Mahmud L. Kingking said that most of the participating entries involved students from college and high school levels. There are also entries from local inventors in Zamboanga City and other cities and provinces in the region.
Started as Invent School for students in 1992, the contest was then expanded to include non-students and held in four regional clusters. With the passing of RA 7459, also known as the Inventors & Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines, the contest was elevated to the national level. Currently, the contest is held in every region, including ARMM, every other year, with first placers in the six categories vying for the national level.
DOST’s robust support to inventors has helped the country climb up the Global Competitiveness Index which includes innovation as one of the components. “From rank 85 in 2010, we have steadily risen to rank 52 in 2015,” said Dr. Edgar I. Garcia, Director of DOST-TAPI. “We are currently the fastest growing country in the ASEAN, rising from 6th place to 3rd,” he added.
The invention contest will run from September 17 – 19 (8am – 7pm). Admission is free and open to the general public. For more information about the RICE, please contact DOST-IX @ 991-1024. (DOST IX PRESS RELEASE)