The Department of Science and Technology-Region 12 (DOST-12) is all set to celebrate the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) next month in General Santos City.
Dr. Zenaida P. Hadji Raof Laidan, DOST-12 regional director, said the event aims to raise public awareness and understanding of science and technology as well as DOST’s role and contribution to national development.
This year’s NSTW theme is”Nasa Syensya ang Pag-asa,” with the opening program set on July 25 at the Phela Grande Convention Center.
Halal promotion will be among the highlights of the week-long exhibit.
“We will be launching the DOST-12 Halal Certification System and unveil our halal seal of quality,” Laidan said.
The event will also showcase the products and services that have received assistance from DOST-12.
Entries to the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibition (RICE) will also be featured during the event. The winners will represent the region in the National Invention Contest and Exhibition (NICE) next year.
The RICE which will open on July 25, has six categories namely: Invention Category (Tuklas Award), Utility Model Category, Industrial Design Category, Creative Research Category (Likha Award), and Student Creative Research Category (Sibol Award) for high school and college level.
Exhibits and discussions on the six priority sectors of DOST Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) will likewise be given focus during the NSTW regional event.
SETUP, which aims to encourage entrepreneurship, has assisted micro, small and medium enterprises across the region, Laidan said.
Until the month of July, there will be continuing seminars for the SETUP in which focus sectors include food processing, horticulture, aquaculture, furniture, metals and engineering, Information and Communication Technology, and halal.
Experts from the fields of science and technology from DOST in Manila and the private sector have been invited as resource persons.
Expected to also grace the event are stakeholders from the local government units, non-government organizations, regional government line agencies, academe and the business sector.
Laidan said they are hopeful that the celebration will pave the way for a stronger collaboration between the public and private sectors for the further development of science and technology in the country. (Babai Tagitican/DOST-12)