Philippine Information Agency
By Lilibeth A. French
DOST RICE 2011 INVENTION CONTEST & EXHIBITS. DOST Undersecretary Dr. Carol Yorobe assisted by Director Rowen Gelonga of DOST 6, Victor Facultad, Executive Assistant of the City Mayor and Mr. Philip Cruz, Inventor and Entrepreneur cuts the ceremonial ribbon during the opening of the event at Amigo Plaza Mall, Iloilo City, last October 19, 2011. Mr. Philip Cruz delivered the keynote message.
The Department of Science and Technology has created an opportunity for inventors in the region to showcase their new inventions, researches and technologies through the first Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) which opened October 19 in this city.
“The event is also our way of recognizing our inventors for the technologies that they have developed.” said DOST 6 Director Rowen Gelonga. “We are hoping that through this activity the DOST and other government agencies could look for ways to assist them in the commercialization of their inventions and products.”
Gelonga said this year’s RICE in Western Visayas has attracted 74 entries in the region, just 10 entries short of the 84 entries showcased in last year’s Visayas Islands Invention Contest and Exhibit held also in this city participated in by investors and researchers within the Visayas area.