DOST to showcase works of inventors in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 May) — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Region 12 will showcase later this month various innovative projects and creations of emerging inventors in the region.

Dr. Zenaida Hadji Raof-Laidan, DOST Region 12 director, said the initiative will mainly highlight the 2014 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit (RICE), which is slated on May 27 to 28 at the Phela Grande Convention Center here.

She said the activity will feature scientific and technological innovations developed by inventors, manufacturers, researchers and other concerned enthusiasts within the region.

“There will also be showcases of breakthroughs and inventions from our academic and research and development communities,” Laidan said.

The 2014 RICE, which is supported by the DOST’s Technology Application and Promotion Institute, is an annual competition for amateur and professional inventors who wish to highlight their ingenuity and craft through their research works and creations.

In Region 12, the competition in the past several years has led to the uncovering of a number of inventions and innovations like machineries and equipment for food processing and agricultural uses.

Also known as Soccsksargen, the region comprises the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato.

Laidan said the upcoming regional showcase will serve as the qualifying round of the National Inventions Contest and Exhibits (NICE) that will take place later this year.

Patterned after the national competition, she said the 2014 RICE will focus on six categories: invention, utility model, industrial design, creative research, research for high school students and creative research for college students.

She said the three winners will be declared for each category, with the top selection earning the right to represent the region in the 2014 NICE.

Laidan added that the winning inventors and projects will be receiving cash awards and other related incentives. (MindaNews)