Science community celebrates Science for the People


DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña gives his welcome remarks during the 2017 NSTW Opening Ceremonies on 11 July 2017 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) celebrated the 2017 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on 11-15 July 2017 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Bannered by the theme, “Science for the People,” the 2017 NSTW Celebration was dedicated in carrying science and technology closer to the people through the latest innovation technologies and available programs and services of the DOST.

Exhibits, technology fora, demonstrations, interactive activities, and special events were lined-up for the event.

Furthermore, the 2017 NSTW was a perfect venue in bringing together technology developers and inventors, science and technology (S&T) service providers, and stakeholders for potential networking opportunities.

One of the highlights of the NSTW was the Association of Southeast Asian Nation’s (ASEAN) Forum entitled, “ASEAN@50: Partnering for Change, Engaging the World for Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI).

The forum served as a platform in exchanging ideas and information on the current issues facing the ASEAN Region.

This year’s chairmanship of the Philippines in the ASEAN forum coincided with the ASEAN’s 50th Founding Anniversary and became a great occasion for the country to set the tone for the next 50 years.

The 2017 NSTW had different clusters that cater to the interest of everyone in the science community.

The clusters included exhibits from the research and development, and scientific and technological services in health, agriculture, biodiversity, disaster risk management and climate change adaption, transportation, and advanced innovations.

Aside from the in-house DOST exhibits and galleries, partners from the private industry, academe, international organizations, and other government agencies participated in the event.

Students took advantage of the interactive sessions from the 3M Philippines, Inc., Mind Museum, the National Museum of the Philippines, and Samsung Philippines.

On the other hand, the entrepreneurs and start-up companies visited the booths of the regional offices that feature processes used in the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) by the DOST.

Celebrity guests also graced the 2017 NSTW including athlete-host Mr. Chris Tiu, and endorser-host Mr. Kim Atienza.

The week-long, annual celebration attended by more than fifty thousand stakeholders in the science community is one of the many initiatives of the DOST in pushing a science and technology culture in the Philippines.

DOST-TAPI S&T Media Service
Jund Rian A. Doringo