Sec. Fortunato T. de la Peña
Secretary, Department of Science and Technology
On behalf of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), I wish to welcome everyone
from all walks of life to celebrate the success of Filipino scientists at the 2019 National
Science and Technology Week (NSTW).
In keeping with the general theme "Science for the People: Enabling Technologies for
Sustainable Development," this year's NSTW—together with the Regional Science and
Technology Week (RSTW) celebrations - seeks to draw attention to scientific knowledge and
technological applications impacting on the lives of Filipinos through the kind of development
that can bring about positive, meaningful, and sustainable change.
The 2019 NSTW is the DOST flagship event, and it is expected to gather the country's leading
scientists, researchers, educators, and stakeholders to interact with investors, entrepreneurs,
industry representatives and professionals leading to meaningful partnerships to bridge the
S&T knowledge base and the people and organizations which it ultimately serves.
The NSTW celebration has the noble intention of harnessing the power of innovative
technological ideas and concepts to power the Philippines toward new, boundless opportunities
to solve longstanding societal problems. I therefore invite the public to come and take a close
look at how far Philippine S&T has come and become more informed with the key role of S&T
in achieving economic development and a just and peaceful society.
Once again, I welcome everyone to the 2019 National Science and Technology Week and the
series of Regional Science and Technology Week celebrations.