BONTOC, Mountain Province, Nov. 21 (PIA) - - In line with its goal of bringing science for the people, the Department of Science and Technology(DOST), holds the annual Regional S&T Week here that generally aims to promote science, technology and innovation as a driver of development especially in the countryside.
With the theme, "Science for the People: Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development," RSTW 2019 set on Nov. 19 - 22 involves nine venues and parallel activities. It includes S&T exhibit, Technology Bazaar, DOST - SEI Workshop for students, S&T Quiz for elementary and secondary schools in the Cordillera, Disaster Resilience Summit for Kids and the PAGASA mobile planetarium, science magic and robotics interactive exhibit.
Other activities are the science, technology and innovation forum for the general public that tackles four sustainable development goals; the "Science JournoAko" (journalism workshop) for high school students and the SETUP (Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program) Summit for local business enterprises and future entrepreneurs (graduating students in business courses).
For the first time, the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit (RICE) were also held simultaneously with the RSTW drawing 105 entries from 19 institutions and 11 private individuals/inventors.
DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Pena with DOST - CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog joined by Mountain Province officials headed by Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan and Congressman Maximo Dalog Jr. led the formal opening of RSTW 2019 at the Provincial Multi - purpose Hall on Tuesday.
Dela Pena, in his keynote message, outlined that promotion of S&T and the creative arts to enhance innovation for inclusive development is among the priority socio - economic agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte, which is why DOST and its attached agencies have been intensifying their programs and services towards such effort. The RSTW is just one of such activities.
"The RSTW 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" Dela Pena stressed.
For S&T initiatives in Cordillera, Dela Pena shared the DOST - CAR report wherein as of October 2019, the SETUP program already invested around P272.81 million to assist 528 projects all over the region, including 96 small enterprises in Mountain Province.
DOST also already provided around P70.97 M-worth of assistance to various community - based development projects in the region through their local Grants in Aid program of which 71 are in this province.
Lacwasan and Dalog, in their respective messages, expressed gratitude to DOST for the RSTW partnership and in bringing science for the people of Mountain Province.
While in the province, Dela Pena also visited and checked the progress of three DOST - assisted projects namely the Mountain Welds and Designs Metal Fabwork here in the capital town, and the Sagada Weaving and Sagada Arabica Coffee Growers Processors Organization Incorporated. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)