By Raymond O. Torres, DOST-TAPI
To celebrate the breakthroughs in science and technology (S&T) in the Philippines, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will hold the 2019 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on 17-21 July 2019 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City
Through Proclamation No. 169 of 1993, the NSTW is celebrated every third week of July to highlight the significant contributions of S&T to national development.
Moreover, the celebration has become a platform for heralding S&T advocacy in the country.
DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña said that 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."
This year's theme, "Science for the People: Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development,"
underpins the event's showcase on the latest innovations in technologies, products, and research that can help achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dotting the venue will be interactive exhibits that are free for public viewing. DOST agencies and partners, including the local S&T community, put on showcase current innovative knowledge products and services addressing the 17 SDGs.
Said products and services are in the areas of food security, energy and environment, aging society, health and medical care, S&T human resource development, equity and growth in the countryside, biodiversity and sustainable use of biological resources, sustainable cities and communities, resilience and innovation, and international linkages.
Moreover, the NSTW is the perfect venue for the science community and science enthusiasts, particularly the technology developers and investors, including the S&T service providers and clients, to interact, exchange ideas, and pursue potential opportunities in technology commercialization and linkages.
Included in the NSTW celebration are the recognition of individuals in the science community who have shown great endeavors in basic and applied research, and technology transfer, promotion, and commercialization.
Also, scientific meetings, technical and investment forums, technology demonstrations, and technical tours are lined up as part of this year's NSTW.
Admission is free and exhibits are open to the public from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.