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DOST regional offices showcase #ASTIGCountryside in NSTW 2019    


The countryside abounds with much potential, and the Department of Science and Technology regional offices will put this on showcase at the upcoming 2019 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW). With the theme "Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development", this year's celebration will feature the latest innovations, technologies, and researches that help the country achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Featured among others at this year's NSTW is the exhibit area "Cluster 4: Equity and Growth in the Countryside" or the Regional Offices' Exhibits Area. It displays a collection of science, technology and innovation (STI) efforts and stories from the 16Department of Science and Technology (DOST) regional offices in bringing" accelerated STI for growth in the countryside" or #ASTIGCountryside.

"Astig" is a Filipino colloquial which means "cool" or something that is awesome.

Through the office of the Undersecretary for Regional Operations, the DOST regional offices support the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals to help free communities from poverty and put the planet back, via S&T, on the road to sustainability.

This year's exhibit of the DOST regional offices will highlight three Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): No Poverty (SDG 1), Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG 16), Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8).

The tagline is #ASTIGCountryside because the DOST regional offices want the world to see communities, local businesses, and institutions outside the major centers in the country as equally empowered, competitive, and science champions!

Here is what's in store for you in the Cluster 4 of the National Science and Technology Week 2019 Celebration!

Science, Technology and Innovation for No Poverty
Sustainable Development Goal 1: No Poverty
SDG 1: No Poverty

SDG 1 is an ambitious goal – but the DOST regional offices with other institutions believe that it can be done.

The essence of DOST's #ScienceForThePeople is to truly bring S&T programs closer to the countryside and impact the lives of the poorest members of the community. The DOST regional offices are consistent in helping build Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) into empowered and resilient communities thru the DOST program Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST).

The CEST program packages and delivers S&T interventions and research-based outputs in improving the five key areas of development in a marginalized community. These are human resource development, health and nutrition, environmental protection and conservation, disaster risk reduction and climate change action, and economic development or livelihood opportunities.

The STI for No Poverty area will showcase a diorama of three best CEST communities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to walk you through 2-D models representing the projects and accomplishments of the program in the communities. You can watch the testimonials of the beneficiaries of the program in hologram effect and see the display of CEST products produced by the different communities.

You will also learn how DOST implements the program in the poorest municipalities in every province in the regions, helping communities make well-informed and effective decisions to uplift their living conditions and grow sustainably. Learn how the program is contributing to the attainment of SDG 1 in STI for No Poverty exhibit area.

Science, Technology and Innovation for Decent Work and Economic Growth
Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

The micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are growing and they form the backbone of the Philippine's economic stability. The industry is providing jobs for the people and food for the families.

Based on the Philippine Statistics Authority's2017 List of Establishments, MSMEs account for 99.56% (920,677) of the total business enterprises (924,721)operating in the Philippines. Out of the total number of businesses in the country, 89.59% (828,436) are microenterprises, 9.56% (88,412) are small enterprises, and 0.41% (3,829) are medium enterprises.

DOST's Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) is a nationwide strategy implemented by DOST Regional Offices that encourages MSMEs to adopt technology innovations to improve their operations. DOST provides innovative technology solutions to help boost MSMEs' productivity and competitiveness.

Aside from the innovation fund or "i-fund", DOST's SETUP also provides a wide range of S&T solutions to the MSMEs such as technology transfer and commercialization, consultancy services (such as Manufacturing Productivity Extension program or MPEX), packaging assistance, technology trainings, laboratory, and testing services.

In the STI for Decent Work and Economic Growth exhibit area, you can watch audio-visual presentations featuring SETUP-assisted MSMEs with best transformational stories using S&T. There will also be demonstrations of actual machines like computer numerical control (CNC), laser, vertical form fill seal and 3D printer machines.

You will also be able to see, smell, and touch the displayed delicacies of the provinces and local products from SETUP partner firms.

The area will showcase SETUP 2.0's 7 SMARTER principles of MSMEs.

DOST envisions of SMARTER micro, small and medium enterprises that have the qualities needed to be highly competitive in both local and global markets.
Socially responsive - Supportive of the development agenda in the countryside particularly in terms of job generation, resource value-adding and poverty alleviation. Abide with health, labor, gender and other societal standards and regulations.
Market-Oriented–Attuned to domestic, ASEAN and global market demands. Able to produce products and services that fit the requirements of local and international supply chains.
Agile - Able to successfully respond to challenges in the ever-changing business environment. Adopt quality management practices and risk-based thinking.
Resource-efficient – High productivity levels. Able to optimize resources.
Technology-Intensive – Maximize the use of technology to create new products and processes as well as improve existing ones. Innovation-driven.
Environment-Friendly – Promote a green economy. Adhere to sustainable production and consumption practices.
Resilient – Disaster and climate change-resilient. Able to withstand natural and man-made hazards.

Science, Technology and Innovation for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Sustainable Development Goal 8: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
SDG 8: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

How can people eat, learn and raise families without peace, human rights, and strong government? In May 2017, a terrorist group laid siege to the city of Marawi resulting in a bloody urban battle which led to evacuations and disruption of the city's normal activities.

Task Force Bangon Marawi was organized to lead the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts for the affected communities of the Marawi crisis.

The task force is composed of five sub-committees spearheaded by the NDRRMC member agencies, namely: DPWH for Reconstruction, DSWD and DOH for Health and Social Welfare, OCS for Housing, DTI for Business and Livelihood, and DILG for Peace and Order. The DOST is under the sub-committee for Business and Livelihood.

DOST-X is implementing four (4) livelihood projects as assistance to those who are affected by the conflict in Marawi City including:
1) Skills Development on the Production of Do-It-Yourself Bamboo Shelter;
2) Establishment of Corn Mill Processing Facility;
3) Introduction of Innovation Support System and Management Strategies to Vegetable Production to Farmers; and
4) Reviving the Handloom Weaving Industry for the Recovery, Reconstruction, and Rehabilitation of Marawi and Adjacent War Affected Communities in Lanao del Norte. The STI for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions exhibit area will showcase the efforts in building back better communities in Marawi thru S&T.

You will also learn about the stories of the Maranao students and teachers that were granted scholarships. You can walk through the Muslim community in a model in the exhibit area and feel the strength of the Marawi people.

Aside from the exhibits highlighting the SDGs 1, 8 and 16, the Cluster 4 or the Regional Offices' Exhibits will also feature the following area:
Game Zone
Be young and have some fun and learning with our interactive games. Earn points and prizes in this area.
Wellness Garden
Meditate in this area while sipping our local drink products. You can also learn about the Vertical Helophyte Filtration System and other eco-friendly technologies.
Souvenir Shoppe
Take home some goodies from the Regional Offices' assisted firms and bring with you the feeling of countryside. There will be oneStore vendo machines and oneStore kiosks for online purchases.
Register here and download some digital IEC materials for more information of our programs and services.
iLOUNGE (Innovation Lounge)
There will be talks and presentations from our Science champions on how science, technology and innovation can change the lives of people and contribute to the nation's progress.

Check out the exhibit map here:

Want to support Cluster 4 and SDGs 1, 8, and 16?

Register in the area from July 17 to 21, 2019 and get a chance to take home some freebies! You can pre-register now at

Admission is free and open to the public from 8AM to 5PM!

Did you know?

The 2000-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDG)of United Nations transitioned to 2015-2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
MDG achievements:
More than 1 billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty (since 1990)
Child mortality dropped by more than half (since 1990)
The number of out of school children has dropped by more than half (since 1990)
HIV/AIDS infections fell by almost 40 percent (since 2000)