•National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) will take place at the World Trade Center in Pasay City from July 17 to 21, 2019.
•This year’s NSTW highlights local science agencies are addressing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
•Key focus areas include poverty, economic growth, and peace and justice.
Science and technology play major roles in our everyday lives–sometimes, in ways that we’re not even aware of. And as we move closer towards a new, worldwide technological revolution, the importance of conducting and applying scientific research cannot be overstated.
With the theme “Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development,” the 2019 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) will take place at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on July 17 to 21. This year’s celebration will continue the annual NSTW tradition of showcasing the impact of science and technology in the Philippines.
NSTW 2019 will highlight how the various agencies of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) are utilizing science and technology in the country to address the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations. Attendees will witness Pinoy science in action, as a series of exhibits by the DOST’s agencies will demonstrate how the department’s programs are supporting the SDGs through research, policy implementation, and funding.
Led by DOST-NCR, the DOST’s Regional Offices (RO) will set up and supervise the following for NSTW attendees:
•A Gamezone area with interactive activities for kids
•An Innovation Lounge to provide a venue for sharing of innovation best practices, training series, and technical consultancies
•A Wellness Garden to introduce the vertical helophyte technology used in water filtration
•A Souvenir Shoppe by OneStore, where visitors can buy souvenir items produced by DOST beneficiaries
In addition, the RO exhibits will shine the spotlight on three goals in particular.
No Poverty (SDG 1)
The No Poverty exhibit will feature the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program. Developed with the aim of alleviating poverty and promoting livelihood in rural communities, the CEST program includes S&T interventions in health and nutrition, water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, livelihood and economic enterprise development, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation.
This is what CEST can do in a small barangay in Jaro, Leyte. A bountiful harvest.
The exhibit will feature assorted CEST products, including bags and candles from Barangay Poblacion in Muntinlupa City. The Best CEST Awardees will also take center stage at the exhibit, as well as success stories of CEST beneficiaries across regions presented in diorama form.
Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8)
Meanwhile, the Decent Work and Economic Growth exhibit will highlight how micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have become SMARTER (Socially Responsive, Market-Oriented, Agile, Resource-Efficient, Technology-Intensive, Environment Friendly, and Resilient) via the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) 2.0.
11 MSMEs in La Union receive DOST SETUP assistance worth PhP 3.88 M
The Department of Science and Technology – Region…
SETUP beneficiaries will hold technology demonstrations to highlight how the program has increased their capability and productivity through financial support.
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG 16)
The DOST’s science and technology projects have a major impact on disaster response and rehabilitation as well. The Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions exhibit whill showcase the various ways through which DOST provided and continues to provide assistance for people whose lives were greatly affected by the Marawi conflict.
ATM: DOST-FNRI, Culminating Activity of the “Tabang MARAWI (Malnutrition Alleviation and Health Restoration through an…
Attendees will learn more about the department’s livelihood and innovation system support projects, scholarship programs, and complementary feeding programs, among other initiatives.
Why we celebrate NSTW
The NSTW is an annual celebration, held in accordance with Proclamation No. 169 of 1993. Occuring every third week of July, the NSTW promotes science and technology advocacies in the Philippines, while drawing much-deserved attention to how science and technology contribute to national development.
The NSTW will be open from 1PM to 6PM on July 17, and 8AM to 6PM on July 18 to 21. Admission is free. For pre-registration and additional details on exhibits, discussions, and other activities, you may visit nstw.dost.gov.ph.
Cover photo: DOST
Author: Mikael Angelo Francisco
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