The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) celebrated this year’s National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) last 23-27 July 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Dubbed as Expo-Science 2013, the five-day event carried the theme “Science, Technology and Innovation: The Road to a Smarter Philippines”.

DOST-generated technologies were showcased in said event include the following: 1) Advanced Materials Testing Laboratory or ADMATEL, a testing facility for the semiconductor industry; 2) the Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) system aimed at providing alternative transportation in Metro Manila to ease traffic congestion; 3) the Project NOAH and its components as a vital tool in addressing climate change; 4) DOST’s Certified Seed Production program for improved agricultural productivity; and 5) the other ICT-driven tools to make the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry more competitive, among others.

For the second consecutive year, Sen. Loren A. Legarda served as the guest of honor during the Opening Ceremonies. She stressed on the important contribution of Science, Technology and Innovation in the economic growth and advancement of programs and services on the government. Dr. Willian G. Padolina, former DOST Secretary along with other dignitaries and representatives from the Asia Pacific graced the opening ceremonies.

The outstanding men and women of science were awarded by plaque and P150,000 cash prize and conferred by the National Academy for Science and Technology (DOST-NAST). The elite list includes: 1) Dr. Waren N. Baticados of UPLB – Eduardo A. Quisumbing medal (Outstanding Research and Development Award for Basic Research), 2. Misses Teresita J. Ramirez, Susan A. Seda?o, Arsenia B. Sapin, Maria Teresa M. Perez, and Mr. Reynaldo V. Ebora of Biotech UPLB - Gregorio V. Zara medal (Outstanding Technology Commercialization Award), 3. and Dr. Amelia W. Tejada, Executive Director, Food Development Center – National Food Authority - Dioscoro L. Umali medal (Outstanding Science Administrator Award).

It also served as an avenue to forge convergence as manifested in the signing of memorandum of agreement (MOU) with S&T partners along “smarter” Philippines technology on climate change and disaster mitigation.

Meanwhile, the DOST Regional Offices highlighted countryside development through the regional centerpiece. The region’s banner programs and services such as Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) and Regional Standards and Testing Laboratories (RSTL) were featured. In addition, Bicolano products of the DOST V-SETUP assisted firms like Cozytops Marigsip flakes and Malunggay juice formed part of the exhibit display.

Mrs. Evelyn A. Bonifacio, proprietor of Belens Pinahamis na Pili at Iba Pa was adjudged as Best Technology Adoptor for Region V during the iSET-UP Na (Opportunities in S&T-led Business; Countryside Development). She was cited for said award because of her continuous product innovation and good rate of refund. She received a plaque and Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00) cash award.

This year’s celebration was attended by students, researchers, young professionals, entrepreneurs, inventors, representatives from national government agencies, local government units, non-government organization and the private sector. This proves that there is science for everyone and that each one has a significant role in attaining the road for a “Smarter Philippines”. (F.B.Bajamundi/S.B.Noguera/D.A. Pe?a, Jr.)