When the Department of Science and Technology approached him to offer assistance to modernize his 77-year-old Kamuning Bakery and Cafe, Wilson Lee Flores, businessman, college-teacher, writer, and history enthusiast, initially declined. He had low expectation when it comes to government service.
"Ang impression ko, mahirap ka deal ang gobyerno. Huwag na lang. Sakit ng ulo, maraming busisi. Parang allergic tayo (My impression is that it is hard to deal with the government. Don't bother. It will be just a headache, there are too much requirements. We're allergic)," he recounted his usual impression.
Members and awardees of the Department of Science and Technology's National Academy of Science and Technology made it to the list of top ranking scientists in Philippine Institutions, based on Google Scholar Citations public profiles as reported by Webometrics, the largest academic ranking of higher education institutions.
Among the top 453 profiles listed in the third edition of the ranking, National Scientist (NS) Lourdes J. Cruz and Academician (Acd.) Jurgenne H. Primavera ranked second and third, respectively.
Disaster preparedness is every Juan's concern because natural hazards know no boundaries. Each and every one of us may be vulnerable to floods, earthquakes or storm surge.
So the question is, how prepared are we?
This coming July 25-29, 2016, the Quezon City Science Community of the Department of Science and Technology has lined up several activities in conjunction with the celebration of the National Science and Technology Week 2016 with this year's theme: "Juan Science, One Nation."
Because every Juan of us must be aware of the different hazards and know how to mitigate its negative effects, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), together with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), is holding a disaster summit where topics on multi-hazards and disaster preparedness will be discussed. PAGASA, PHIVOLCS, and PNRI are all agencies of DOST.
The 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 Banos, Laguna.
"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 Pena. "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 Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will celebrate the annual National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) from 25 to 29 July 2016, with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) leading the Metro Manila Health Science Community (MMHSC).
NSTW is held every July to give recognition to outstanding accomplishments and personalities in science and technology (S&T). Earlier celebrations focused on the eight outcomes of DOST in the areas of agriculture; micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs); industry; information technology - business process management (IT-BPM); e-government services; health; education; and climate change and disaster preparedness.