TACLOBAN CITY – The regional office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-8) is putting a “mass appeal” into this year’s Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW).
This year’s celebration has a theme “Science for the People”.
The RSTW will highlight technology investment forum, science and technology services, technology-aided entrepreneurship and the regional invention contest and exhibits to show the public how science and technology can better the lives of everyone.
“In science and technology nowadays, among our focus is community empowerment and how we can help them improve and develop,” DOST-8 Regional Director Edgardo Esperancilla said during the ‘Panginsayod’, a press conference held at the regional office of the Philippine Information on Monday (September 18).
Esperancilla added that the regional science and technology office have already touched base with the community promoting entrepreneurship and integrating science and technology to help increase and improve production and identified products in the region.
The conduct of the regional science and technology(S &T) week will showcase the products and services of local scientists, engineers, researchers, inventors, and innovators, the regional director disclosed.
This year’s S&T week will likewise feature the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE), a nationwide activity conducted in different regions to recognize the indispensability of the Filipino inventors in the Philippine society and in the landscape of national economic development.
The invention contest encourages inventors to use their inventive capability by competing for cash rewards.
Entries this year will compete in six categories that include Outstanding Invention (Tuklas Award); Outstanding Utility Model, Outstanding Industrial Design, outstanding Creative Research (Likha Award) and Outstanding Creative Research (Sibol Award) for high school and college students.
RICE aims to recognize the contribution of science and technology in the development of the country and garner support from the public and private institutions for its sustainable development.
Among the activities lined up for the RSTW that runs from September 19-21, 2017 are technology investment forums on VICAARP technologies, product packaging, label and design forum, technology exhibits, judging of RICE entries, SETUP forums and awarding ceremony. (AHLETTE C. REYES)