After a very successful run at the World Trade Center last July 11 to 15, the National Science and Technology started its foray into the different regions in the country with the Central Luzon leg as kick-off point.
With the theme, Science for the People, the Department of Science and Technology in Region III staged the Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) celebration on July 25 - 27, 2017 at the Central Luzon State University, Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija.
Featuring the 2017 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits, plus seminars fora and technology demonstrations, the RSTW in Central Luzon showcased the results of researches in Central Luzon, with particular focus on those undertaken by the Munoz Science Community led by CLSU.
DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Pena was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremonies where he outlined the DOST roadmap that will guide the Department for the next five years. Focusing on seven outcomes that spell out the DOST contribution to Ambisyon 2040 of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, this road map aims to bring science and technology closer to the people. As such DOST will assist in creating more start up companies that will launch and develop new and innovative products, formulate a harmonized R&D agenda and push for support in emerging technologies like space development program and artificial intelligence.
Also during the program, the BEST provincial SETUP adoptors from Region III were recognized. SETUP is the DOST flagship program that helps the SMEs gain access to technological innovations that make their products more competitive. This year, Betis Crafts, Inc. a furniture-making company based in Concepcion, Tarlac was recognized as the Regional Best SETUP Adoptor.
Several technology fora and seminars were also held. Among the technologies featured were goat production and processing and hydrophonics. There was also a technical forum on designing, prototyping and commercialization of agricultural equipment and machineries. Likewise, a seminar on basic troubleshooting and maintenance of early warning devices was conducted for local disaster risk reduction and management teams.
The Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit, on the other hand, showcased the best among our local inventors as they competed for prizes and awards. A total of 61 entries competed for top prizes in different categories and the right to become the official representative of Region III to the national invention contest to be held next year. The winner in the utility model category was Genovevo Sebastian of Genetron International Marketing for his entry, “A System for Treatment of Municipal Solid Wastes.” On the other hand, students from the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University in Bacolor, Pampanga and from the Bulacan State University in Malolos, Bulacan bested all other contestants in the student creative research category in the high school and college levels, respectively.
For the students and younger set, the Science Explorer Bus and the PAGASA Mobile Planetarium provided hours of learning key science concepts in a fun and enjoyable manner. An orientation seminar for the different scholarship programs of the DOST was also conducted.
Guests and visitors also had a chance to purchase goods at the techno-bazaar where products of DOST-assisted small and medium enterprises from all over the region were featured. Registered participants in the three-day event totalled 5,446.
The NSTW is an annual event mandated by the Proclamation No. 169 issued in 1993, declaring the third week of July of every year as “National Science and Technology Week,” and is aimed at providing an opportunity to focus attention on the contribution of science and technology to national development.