The Department of Science and Technology Region V (DOST V) in partnership with the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) and S&T networks/consortia in the region will conduct the 2019 Bicol Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits (BRICE) on 08-10 October 2019 in Naga City, back-to-back with the Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) Celebration.

BRICE is conducted every other year, alternately with the National Invention Contests and Exhibits (NICE) pursuant to Section 4 of Republic Act No. 7459, also known as “Inventors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines”. As a regional competition, BRICE recognizes outstanding inventive and creative works in five (5) categories namely: Outstanding Invention (Tuklas Award); Outstanding Utility Model (UM); Outstanding Industrial Design (ID); Outstanding Creative Research (Likha Award) in two (2) sub-categories: government-funded and private-funded; and
Outstanding Student Creative Research (Sibol Award) for High School and College Students. Also, BRICE serves as qualifying round and the regional champions compete during NICE in November of the following year. Qualified inventors, individual designers, makers and professional/student researchers are required to submit their BRICE entries together with the following
documents, completely filled-up, signed by contestant/s and notarized entry forms (one copy each) to DOST V, Regional Center Site, Rawis, Legazpi City on or before 06 September 2019, 5:00 p.m. Note: Pre-Screening of Entries is set on 09 September 2019. Only the owners of qualified entries shall be notified for their participation in BRICE (final evaluation by the Board of Judges).

For Invention, UM, ID, and Creative Research (Likha Award) categories:
○ RIC Form No. 1 (Entry Form)/Annex 1
○ RIC Form No. 2 (Waiver Form)/Annex 3
○ Copy of letters patent or UM/ID registration (as applicable)
○ One (1) Page Abstract, description/drawings, pictures and certificates

For Student Creative Research (Sibol Award)
○ RIC Form No. 3 (Entry Form)/Annex 2
○ RIC Form No. 4 (Waiver Form)/Annex 4
○ One (1) Page Abstract, description/drawings, pictures and certificates

Postal Address: Regional Center Site, Rawis, Legazpi City, 4500, Philippines

Tel No. (052) 742-091

E-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional Requirements for Creative Research Category (Likha Award) and Student Creative Research Category (Sibol Award)
- Notarized Certification that their work is their own, new and original
o RIC Form No. 5 (Certification for Likha Award)/Annex 5
o RIC Form No. 6 (Certification for Sibol Award)/Annex 6

BRICE Rules, Criteria and Required Forms are available at DOST V website: For further details, please advise concerned office personnel and customers to visit/contact DOST V, Regional Center Site, Rawis, Legazpi City, tel. no. (052) 742-0911 and the Provincial Science and Technology
Center (PSTC) nearest them. (Dr. P.O. Lucena, DOST V)

The Department of Science and Technology Regional Office V conducted an Orientation-Workshop on Maximizing Use of Elsevier's Tools for Research and Publication last May 29, 2019, at Kanzol Hall and Restaurant, Peñaranda St., Legazpi City.

This activity was sponsored by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), one of the sectoral council of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

PCIEERD subscribed to Elsevier's Science Direct and Scopus Database to provide access for the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and other R&D partner institutions which are anticipated to help scientific publications from the RDIs and academe in the region.

The Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau, Department of Health and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, Department of Science and Technology is scheduled to conduct a one day joint meeting to formally launch the new health policy and systems research priorities for 2019 under the Advancing Health through Evidence-Assisted Decisions with Health Policy and Systems Research (AHEAD-HPSR) Program of the Department of Health on January 30, 2019 at  Hotel Jen, Roxas Blvd. Manila.

The AHEAD-HPSR Program has been developed to operationalize the FOURmula ONE for Health (F1) Plus Framework’s commitment to instill a culture of research, strengthen internal analytic capacity in the DOH, and build health policy systems research capacity within the sector.  The objectives of this meeting are as follows:

  • To present the FOURmula ONE for Health (F1) Plus Framework of the DOH;
  • To present the latest updates on the AHEAD-HPSR Program of the DOH (topics and timeliens;
  • To provide a platform for levelling-off among key stakeholders on research contracting and management processes in the DOH and PCHRD;
  • To orient on the Grants-in-Aid Guidelines of the DOST; and
  • To present the Single Joint Research Ethics Review Process in the DOH.


Masagca, Clores and Aguilar attends Training of Trainers in the BRM

LEGAZPI CITY - The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) through the Symmetrix Research Consultancy conducted a 3-day training for the Regional Health Research and Development Consortia (RHRDCs) entitled Training of Trainers in the Basic Research Method held last December 3-6, 2018 at the second floor, Carlota-Paz Function Room, Hotel Jen, Pasay City.

Symmetrix Research Consultancy Co. was contracted by PCHRD to lead in developing a standardized training module for the Basic Research Methods Course. This activity aims to produce the first batch of trainers capacitated to deliver the BRM training using the standardized manual that will be produced.

By the end of the course, the participants would be able to:

  1. Identify the topics under each sub-module which serves as the minimum requirements for the topics to be covered in the Basic Research Methods Course conducted by the RHRDCs;
  1. Discuss the important topics covered in each sub-module; and
  2. Give a lecture on the various topics covered by the sub-modules

A total of 32 participants attended the said training including the trainees from Bicol Region namely, Dr. Jimmy Masagaca (CSU), Dr. Vincent Aguilar (BRTTH), Dr. Michael Clores (AdNU), and Kevin Capoles (BCHRD). (KBC/BCHRD)

BRTTH Receives Back-to-Back Recognition


            In a span of just two months, the Bicol Regional health Research BRTTH was consecutively recognized by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Forum for Ethical Review Committees in the Asian and Western Pacific Region (FERCAP). Last September 2018, the DOH released its Department Memorandum No. 2018-0367 re: FY 2017 Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) Office Ranking, indicating that BRTTH ranked second best among the Level III Hospitals nationwide, with a rating of 91.50%. While last November 2018, the hospital sent its Institutional Review Board (IRB) Members and Secretariat Staff, together with the Chief of Medical Professional Staff Dr. Salvacion S. Macinas, to Taoyuan City, Taiwan to receive the international recognition as a FERCAP recognized IRB.

            According to FERCAP, the BRTTH-IRB is the 30th IRB from the Philippines to receive this international recognition. They now join 234 other FERCAP recognized IRBs from countries in the Asia Pacific Region.

            These recognitions are in keeping with the Institution’s quest to exceed customer expectations and continually improve hospital operations.