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The Department of Science and Technology-National Capital Region (DOST-NCR) and the city government of Pasig on Tuesday opened various activities in celebration of the Regional Science & Technology Week (RSTW).

With the theme: “Science for the People 2019: Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development”, the three-day event that will be held at the Rizal High School in Pasig City consist of  various exhibits, product demonstrations, and fora.

DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña who delivered the keynote message during the event cited the importance of bringing Science & Technology closer to the people,

“We want to bring the significance of S&T in people’s lives in every region, by having various S&T related activities. We also want to introduce successful micro-small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) that we were able to assist plus the scholars who successfully finished their studies with the help of DOST so that they themselves can share their success stories,” dela Peña said.

“This three-day event is also a great avenue for bringing together scientists, researchers, and inventors where they could interact with members of the academe, private sector, public sector, and NGOs and share knowledge and develop linkages in bringing science closer to the people,” dela Peña added.

In response, Mayor Vico Sotto said he is thankful to host the RSTW activities, saying he wanted to foster culture of innovation in Pasig with the help of DOST.

“We are excited of the many possible things that we can do in relation to Science & Technology, especially for the youth,” Sotto said.

One of the highlights of this year’s RSTW is the turnover of the DOST-assisted and locally-developed technologies namely Biotek M Dengue Aqua Kit, CocoPatch, and the DOST STARBOOKS (Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk) to the city government of Pasig.

DOST-NCR also launched “Kain-pormasyon”, a web-based mobile application that provides information on food hazards associated with raw materials and tips on how to reduce food-related risks. It aims to make food safety information widely-available to the public.

Aside from these, the RSTW 2019 includes various activities such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine ) career pathing, seminars/for a on circular economy, packaging innovations and Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe), Science Quiz Contest, Emergency Response Team Camp, Water Rocket Launching Competition, Astronomical Activities, S&T Interactive Exhibits, Guided Tours, and Techno Bazaars. 

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