Department of Science and Technology (DOST) opens its doors to the public as it leads the nation in celebrating the 2016 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), dubbed as “Juan Science, One Nation” on 25-29 July.
For this year, NSTW will be celebrated simultaneously in all DOST regional offices aside from the four major science hubs in Bicutan, Taguig, Quezon City, Manila, and Los Baños, Laguna.
The new DOST Secretary Fortunato T. De La Peña will lead the annual NSTW activities at the DOST Complex in Bicutan, Taguig City as the celebration kicks off on the 25th of July. The event will be De la Peña’s first major S&T activity upon his assumption to office.
“This is the first time that DOST will be doing a simultaneous celebration not only in Manila, but to the different regions of the country,” explains De la Peña. “We hope to sustain the enthusiasm on science and technology (S&T) created by the past administration and work on what remains to be resolved for the benefit of even those who are on the outskirts of development.”
The 2016 NSTW will feature several technology open houses, symposia, scientific forums, technology fairs, film showings, scientific career talks, and technology launches among others.
“For those who are in Metro Manila,” De la Peña added. “You can choose to visit our exhibits on disaster preparedness, weather, and education in PAGASA, PHIVOLCS and Philippine Science High School in Quezon City; and in SM MOA, where the Food and Nutrition Research Institute and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development will feature health and nutrition related forums and other fun activities.”
On the other hand, DOST’s main office in Taguig has prepared numerous treats for those who will be visiting the NSTW celebration. Among the activities lined up are food tasting on DOST-assisted products called Future Flavors, technology forums on livelihood, career talks, product launches, science film showings and many more.
Aside from that, the Los Baños Science Community will also hold open houses on research and development facilities and testing laboratories on forest products at the Forest Products Research and Development Institute. Moreover, technologies on agri-aqua sector will be on display on the S&T exhibits of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development.
And for those in the provinces, DOST regional offices have prepared various exciting activities that will surely entice everyone to join the celebration.
The NSTW is celebrated every third week of July of each year through the Proclamation No. 169 of 1993. It aims to recognize the contribution of science and technology in the development of the country and garner support from the public and private institutions for its sustainable development.
Workers at DOST Complex in Bicutan, Taguig City install banners and tarpaulins in preparation for the nationwide celebration of the 2016 NSTW on July 25-29. Simultaneous celebrations will take place in all DOST regional offices and in the four science hubs in Taguig City, Quezon City, Manila, and Los Baños, Laguna.