DOST Sec. de la Peña (2nd from left) lead the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon as they officially opened the Central Visayas RSTW 2018 Exhibits at the Island City Mall in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. Also present are DOST PSHS Central Visayas Campus Dir. Rachel Cruz Rica (leftmost), DOST VII Regional Dir. Paradela and DOST PTRI Dir. Cecilia Elumba.

Tagbilaran City – The Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) 2018 of the Department of Science and Technology Region VII (DOST VII) moves to the City of Peace and Friendship at the Island City Mall in the province of Bohol.

With the theme “Science for the People: Innovation for Collective Prosperity”, the event officially kicked off yesterday, 14 November 2018. DOST Sec. Fortunato de la Peña was present to open the event while DOST VII Regional Dir. Engr. Edilberto L. Paradela and Mr. Edgar del Rosario of the Office of Cong. Enrico Aristotle Aumentado delivered messages of support.

During the opening ceremony, Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto was officially proclaimed as the DOST Bohol S&T Ambassador. He will promote science, technology and innovation in the province of Bohol.

Crissander Enterprises of Bohol, FEB20 Enterprises of Cebu, RBD Machine Shop of Negros Oriental and Jainin’s Cakes and Pastries of Siquijor were awarded Best Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) Adopters.

SETUP and Grant-in-Aid (GIA) Projects of DOST Bohol were also officially launched.

DOST high ranking officials led by DOST Sec. de la Peña officially opened the RSTW 2018 exhibits.

A number of DOST attached agencies participated in this year’s exhibits. Visitors can check out interactive exhibits and displays of DOST Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST PHIVOLCS), DOST Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST PAGASA), DOST Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST STII) and DOST Philippine Science High School (DOST PSHS) Central Visayas Campus. Information materials and replica of the Diwata-1 microsatellite can be found at the DOST Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST ASTI) booth.

Information materials and innovative products are also displayed at the booths of DOST Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST PNRI), DOST Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST PCAARD), DOST Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST ITDI), DOST Metal Industry Research and Development Center (DOST MIRDC), DOST Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST PCHRD), DOST Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST FPRDI), and DOST Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST PTRI). Interested parties can view the available programs and services of DOST VII Office.

Walk-in participants can buy products of selected MSMEs assisted by DOST Bohol, DOST Cebu, DOST Negros Oriental and DOST Siquijor at the DOST OneSTORE.

A press conference immediately followed. De la Peña, Paradela, DOST ASTI Acting Dir. Joseph Marciano, DOST Science Education Institute (DOST SEI) Dir. Josette Biyo, and DOST Bohol PSTD Vina Antopina answered questions from the local media.

Technical forums on harnessing science, technology and innovation (STI) for education, harnessing STI for enterprise development and harnessing STI for community empowerment are also scheduled on November 15-16 at the activity area, ground floor of the said mall.

The RSTW celebration is a follow-through activity of the National Science and Technology Week held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City last July 2018.

This year, DOST Bohol led by PSTD Antopina is hosting the region’s RSTW with the full support of DOST VII and DOST PSTCs.

The RSTW 2018 which is scheduled from November 14-16 is open to MSMEs, partner agencies, LGUs, students, academe, and the general public. Admission is free. (Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, DOST Negros Oriental for DOST VII)


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