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Advancing development goals through S&T at the 2019 NSTW    

Communicating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the public has been a challenge in many countries, including the Philippines. With 17 goals and numerous targets, it is even a bigger task to help achieve them by 2030.

Engaging the public is vital in meeting these goals, according to the United Nations Development Programme. Countries are aligning their programs and policies with the SDGs to improve people's lives. How the Philippines is achieving the SDGs by enabling technology is the focus in this year's National Science and Technology Week.

The NSTW is conducted every year to celebrate the growth of science and technology in the Philippines through various exhibits.

Carrying the theme "Science for the People: Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development", the 2019 NSTW will emphasize the role of science and technology (S&T) as means to achieve the SDGs, and how the public could engage in S&T even more.

What to Expect
This year, DOST's latest breakthroughs, technologies, and programs will be featured. But more importantly, innovations cater to the Sustainable Development Goals mandated by the United Nations. The exhibits at the 2019 NSTW will be divided into eight clusters namely Food Security, Energy and Environment, Aging Society, Health, and Medical Care, S&T Human Resource Development, Equity and Growth in the Countryside, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Resilience and Innovation, and International Linkages.

For five days, visitors are in for a treat as they get to immerse themselves in an array of S&T information and their real-life application in addressing the SDGs.

At the NSTW, the public has a chance to interact with scientists, innovators, or even people from their own circles. Participants are given the opportunity to learn something new in every corner.

DOST-supported technologies on Health and Transportation
Among the breakthroughs that will be found in the NSTW is De La Salle University's newly-developed software that enables authorities to better identify traffic violators. Named CATCH-ALL or Contactless Apprehension of Traffic Violators on a 24-Hour Basis and All-Vehicle Detection System, researchers from DLSU have created a software that could detect traffic breaches such as number coding violation, swerving, and more. This project was funded by the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PICIEERD).

The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) will also present its new supported health technologies under the Aging Society, Health, and Medical Care cluster. One of these is the Axis Knee System, an innovation rooted from the original knee replacement systems. This Axis Knee System poses the development of augments to the knee system that is prone to damage the bones due to implant operations.

DOST invites the public--students, teachers, science enthusiasts--to join this year's NSTW from 17-21 July 2019 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. More technologies and services from DOST agencies and corporations will be showcased in the NSTW.

Through interactive exhibits, showcases, and demonstrations, an informative and fun-filled experience surely awaits the visitors.

The NSTW is open and free to everyone, although some events are on a per-invitation only basis, and some may also require pre-registration.