By Allan Mauro V. Marfal
The challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic will not prevent the entire scientific community from showcasing its latest innovative products and services that would be significantly useful and relevant to every Filipino.
From 23-29 November, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will be at the forefront again by staging the 2020 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration in virtual mode for the first time in history.
Carrying the theme, “Agham at Teknolohiya: Sandigan ng Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaayusan, at Kinabukasan”, it aims to highlight the efforts and initiatives of DOST and the entire scientific community in the area of research and development; practical technologies; innovation in agriculture, industry, and health; technical services and trainings; and financial assistance to entrepreneurs to help every Filipino adapt to COVID-19 under the new normal.
All technologies and services to be featured by DOST agencies and regional offices, academe, and private sectors in the virtual exhibit will be anchored on the 4Ks referring to the thrust of the Duterte Administration in addressing the pandemic] mentioned in this year’s theme. Likewise, several webinars and other virtual activities will take the spotlight during the seven-day festivity.
In the previous NSTW celebrations, all techno-exhibits and activities were usually held for five days either at the SMX Convention Center or at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
Moving the annual NSTW celebration from July to November
From 1993 until 2019, the NSTW has been celebrated during every third week of July pursuant to Proclamation 169. However, in August 2019, by virtue of Proclamation 780 signed by President Rodrigo “Roa” Duterte, the NSTW celebration will now be conducted every fourth week of November. The change of date was meant to ensure “maximum participation” of schools, students, stakeholders, and the public during the week-long celebration due to the change in the academic calendar of most universities, schools, and educational institutions.
For more information and updates regarding the 2020 NSTW celebration, please visit the www.nstw.dost.gov.ph and its Facebook page or send your message at email@example.com
The 2020 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) banner signifies the thrust of the DOST and the entire science community to adapt to the new normal by harnessing the power of innovation in the four thematic areas, namely: Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaayusan and Kinabukasan. (Photo from DOST-TAPI)