“The exhibits you will see here in the NSTW [National Science and Technology Week] showcase our effort to end poverty and other deprivations, while improving health and education, reducing inequality, and spurring economic growth, while, at the same time, tackling climate change and working to preserve our natural resources.”

Science
Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña said this at the opening of the NSTW at the
World Trade Center in Pasay City on July 17.

With the
theme “Science for the People: Enabling Technologies for Sustainable
Development,” de la Peña said this year’s NSTW is at a higher level but still
anchored on on the daily life of Filipinos.

It “makes us look into how science and technology
help us achieve the United Nations’s sustainable Development Goals by 2030,” he
added.

The five-day annual event features exhibits and
fora on eight clusters on technologies, research and development (R&D) and
services—such as food security, energy and environment; aging society, health
and medical care; human resources; equity and growth in the countryside;
biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources; sustainable cities and
communities; resilience and innovation; and international linkages.

He said NSTW that ends on July 21 offers exciting
events for various audiences—for the young ones that will engage their active
minds and bodies; for the entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and students;
for those who seek wellness, and other sectors and groups.

“There is
something for everybody. This is one of our ways of bringing science to the
people,” de la Peña said.

Duterte’s
full support to S&T

Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis
Briones, who delivered the speech of President Duterte, underscored the
President’s full support to science and technology (S&T).

“The
President never said a word against science and technology. All members of the
Cabinet have a 100-percent approval for S&T projects,” Briones added said.

She said
whatever amount the DOST’s projects would entail, Duterte would just say “we
will look for funds” for their implementation.

Chris
Tiu: DOST brand ambassador

De la Peña announced that former
basketball star Chris Tiu as first DOST brand ambassador to the roaring
applause of the audience composed of DOST officials and employees, exhibitors
and guests.

“This is
something we have never done before, and we are just too happy to start doing
now. Indeed, it is DOST’s way of reaching out to people across our society’s
spectrum to the message that everything that we do here is for the people,” he
said.

Awards

The event also showcased the awarding
of outstanding individuals in S&T.

  • Dr. Alonzo Gabriel, PhD, received the Outstanding Research and Development Award for Basic Research (Eduardo A. Quisumbing Medal)
  • Dr. Mary Donnabelle Balela, PhD, was given the Outstanding Research and Development Award for applied Research (Julian A. Banzon Medal)
  • Dr. Ricardo Babaran, PhD, got the Oustanding Science Administrator Award (Dioscoro L. Umali Medal)
  • Robertson Chiang, MBA, received the Outstanding Technology Commercialization Award (Gregorio Y. Zara Medal)
  • Dr. Merlinda Palencia, PhD, received Outstanding Technology Commercialization Award (Gregorio Y. Zara Medal)
  • Dr. Erlinda Paterno, PhD, was given a special citation.

nuLab mobile science learning
bus

The new mobile science learning
facility of the DOST-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), called nuLab, was
launched during the NSTW.

The DOST-SEI’s second science bus for Filipino learners, follows the
success of the Science Explorer, which has served around 32,000 elementary and
high-school students in more than 100 municipalities all over the country since
2010.

While the Science Explorer mostly caters to younger
students, estimated P15-million nuLab is primarily intended for
senior high-school students.

It features advanced science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) modules as nanotechnology,
aerospace engineering, nuclear science, earthquake risk analysis, science media
literacy, programming, oceanography, robotics, entomology and environmental
science.

The modules are especially designed to help students discover their
potentials in the various STEM fields and to encourage them to take tertiary
courses where they are most inclined to succeed and excel. In nuLab,
students are also encouraged to apply to the DOST-SEI Undergraduate
Scholarships, the agency’s flagship program.

Tolentino as chairman of Senate’s science committee

Incoming Sen. Francis Tolentino, who graced the S&T event, announced during his message that he is the new chairman of the Senate’s S&T committee.

The former
chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said he is now trying
to learn S&T terminologies like nanotechnology and biotechnology.

Image Credits: Nonie Reyes



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