April 24, 2024

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Department of Science and Technology-deve-loped technologies, assisted research and development (R&D) projects as well as assisted products of micro, small and medium enterprises from the provinces of the Cordillera were featured in the regional celebration of the 2022 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) at the Benguet State University from Sept. 20 to 22.
DOST-Cordillera, headed by Director Nancy Bantog led the opening of the NSTW with the theme, “Agham at teknolohiya kabalikat sa maunlad at matatag na kinabukasan” in cognizance of the importance of science and technology in achieving national development and progress for the Filipinos.
The event opened on Sept. 20 with 20 exhibitors of techno-logies, products, and R&D projects that are assisted by DOST.
The opening day also featured learning session on the Cordillera experience of the July 27 magnitude 7.0 Northwestern Luzon earthquake and other possible earthquake scenarios in the region.
This is in partnership with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology and the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Highlight of the second day is the Cordillera weaving industry with a virtual regional summit in the morning and a fashion show in the afternoon.
The regional S&T Week also includes information and learning sessions via a series of virtual or online webinars.
Another highlight of the event is the recognition of valuable and S&T advocacy partners and the best implementers of DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program and the Community Enhancement through Science and Techno-logy program.
Bantog, in welcoming the guests, exhibitors, other partners, and stakeholders at the 2022 NSTW in Cordillera, called for a continuing partnership in bringing science, technology, and innovation closer to the people and become a driver of community development and progress  especially in the geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas.
“Through science, technology, and innovation, we can make more direct impact on improving the lives of Filipinos,” Bantog said.
DOST Sec. Renato Solidum Jr., in his message read by Bantog, assured the agency’s commitment in bringing science, technology, and innovation as a driver of community development and inclusive growth for the Filipinos.
“The application of science and technology in our endeavors can bring about much-needed sustainable development that can push for the improvement of the lives of the people in our country,” Solidum said. – Carlito Dar