ZAMBOANGA CITY—The three-day National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) regional celebration, along with the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE), kicked-off Wednesday in this city.
The NSTW highlights the significant contributions of Science and Technology (S&T) to national development, and has become a platform for heralding S&T advocacy in the country.
On the other hand, RICE is a nationwide activity conducted in different regions to recognize the importance of Filipino inventors in the society and in national economic development.
DOST Sec. Fortunato Dela Peña, the events’ keynote speaker, said the NSTW and RICE are two of the many DOST’s platforms for informed exchanges on important S&T issues, developments, and locally developed technologies.
“They are our way of bringing science, technology, and innovation (STI) closer to the people,” Dela Peña said in his message.
He said the two activities are envisioned to serve as a venue where the public is informed of the recent developments and achievements in local science communities, while demonstrating to the public what an enjoyable and interesting field STI is.
Various activities have been lined up including technical sessions, techno-clinis, and exhibits form part of the three-day NSTW and RICE, which end on Friday, November 24.
“This regional celebration of the 2017 NSTW and RICE is our way of not only promoting our services and the different DOST-developed technologies that are ripe for adoption but also our way of celebrating the brilliance of our local scientists and researchers,” former DOST regional director and now Undersecretary for Regional Operations Brenda Nazareth-Manzano said.
“As an agent of the government, we take it upon ourselves the obligation to bring science, technology, and innovation closer to the people – and this is exactly what we are aiming to do through this three-day event,” DOST OIC-Regional Director Martin Wee said. (PNA)