RICE-NCR keeps innovative spirits alive

Friday, November 08, 2019 12:00 AM    Views : 35by:Susan G. De Leon

DOST-NCR Regional Director Jose B. Patalinjug III assists Usec. Brenda Nazareth-Manzano who represented Sec. Fortunato dela Peña in the event, during the ribbon cutting ceremony to signal the opening of the 2019 RICE NCR. Also in photo are Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz, president of TIP and former DOST-NCR regional director, Dr. Teresita Fortuna.

QUEZON CITY, Nov. 7 (PIA)—Some three hundred eighty-seven (387) entries from various institutions are being showcased at the 2019 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits – National Capital Region (RICE-NCR), which opened Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the Technological Institute of the Philippines – Quezon City (TIP-QC).

The three-day event (Nov. 6-8) which carries the theme “Inventions and Innovations for Sustainable Development”, has drawn the most number of participants to date in all the years that DOST-NCR held the competition.

According to DOST-NCR Regional director Jose B. Palinjug III, the 387 entries from the 80 institutions represent a 65% increase from the 2017 RICE-NCR where a total of 251 entries competed.

Patalinjug, during the opening ceremonies, challenged the students and other participants to bring their creative ideas outside to answer pressing needs especially in urban and rural poor communities, industries and workplaces.

“Our real battle ground is not here, but within the bounds of our own communities and areas of influences,” Patalinjug said.


Senior High students, Bryan Concepcion, Sheryl dela Cruz, Charles Refugio and Myles Tolete of UE Caloocan tested the efficiency of permeable concrete as flood control agent in Caloocan City. They said the incessant flooding in the city which causes a big problem inspired them to make the study.

He said RICE is a celebration showcasing the solutions to problems of everyday lives of Filipinos especially in Metro Manila.

“We experience rapid changes in environment, increasing list of pressing needs nowadays, this is the mere reason that we promote science and technology for the people, to find solutions to problems of everyday lives,” Patalinjug said.

He also said the DOST aggressively brings science exhibits and travelling science centrums in various schools in Metro Manila to stir the imagination of students into creating something that would be of help or solution to various problems and needs of the community.

For the RICE 2019, the DOST-NCR has also prepared series of seminar topics on design thinking, commercializing technologies from research, and science career pathing.

“We hope that RICE will not only be a venue of competition, but also a safe space to exchange ideas, collaborate, and work together for a purposive research and development.


This is a "Fire Trike", a fire fighting mobile invented by Mr. Ed Capule and Ben Mendoza of Valenzuela Inventors Producers Society. It can act as first responder to fire incidents. Due to its compact built, it can pass through the narrow streets of the community. It comes with advance telecommunicating system, a solar panel, dry chemicals type fire extinguisher and necessary tools plus first aid kit.

The opening ceremony was also graced by DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations, Ms. Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano, TIP President, Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz, , the board of judges, directors of DOST agencies, representatives from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Commission on Audit (COA), and the members of the media.

Exhibits of entries for the RICE-NCR is open for viewing until November 8, 2019. Winners of this year’s RICE will advance to the National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) in 2020. (PIA-NCR)


TIP president Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz with TIP students.


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