The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 8 brought ‘innovation’ to the spotlight in Samar during this year’s Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) 2018 at Catbalogan City.
Together with other universities and S&T enthusiasts, Northwest Samar State University (NWSSU) has showcased its research outputs in engineering and information technology.
RSTW 2018 technology exhibit, food bazaar and opening ceremony at host school Samar State University (SSU) Gymnasium ran from December 12-14.
The three-day event officially began with a press conference held at the Hotel San Francisco, followed by the formal opening ceremony at the SSU gymnasium.
The event was graced by DOST Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña and DOST VIII Director Engr. Edgardo M. Esperancilla, together with other regional directors and representatives from attached agencies and research councils.
The presidents, vice presidents and key officials of Samar State University, Eastern Samar State University (ESSU) and University of Eastern Philippines (UEP) also extended their support and presence. Our very own University President, Dr. Benjamin L. Pecayo, Vice President for Research, Extension and External Affairs, Dr. Leo Jesus M. Lacaba, and Director for International Affairs, Dr. Nancy L. Getalado, were present during the ceremony.
In his keynote speech, Sec. Dela Peña discussed the various S&T innovations, DOST programs, and research and development (R&D) outputs on the national scale, encouraging the pursuit of innovation and development through R&D.
NWSSU, together with other institutions, received a token of appreciation from DOST for being one of the event sponsors.
At the end of the ceremony, the diorama and exhibits were unveiled to the public.
Meanwhile, a side event, Consortia Forum, immediately followed at the Hotel San Francisco attended by different key officials. The forum focused on the Balik Scientist Program and Magna Carta for researcher scientists and engineers, including various Best Paper Presentations by Dr. Raul Destura of EVHRDC; Mr. John Alin Macariola of EVCIEERD; and, Prof. Villaluz Z. Acedo of ViCARP.
“Science for the People”
RSTW is a platform for heralding S&T advocacy in the country as well as celebrating the significant contributions of S&T to national development.
This year’s activities are anchored on the theme “Science for the People: Innovation for Collective Prosperity.” This is in sync with President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to “innovate now or… perish,” which is central to his keynote message during the National Science and Technology Week opening in Davao City on July 6, 2018.
RSTW 2018 promotes interaction and collaboration among DOST partners, local agencies, government officials, private stakeholders and the academe towards solving critical issues relevant to enhancing the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), students, professionals and other stakeholders.
Numerous DOST-assisted products manufactured by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the region were displayed and sold at the shelves and vending machine in the ‘OneStore’ bazaar. Inventions, innovations and informative displays highlighting the region’s new advances and trends in technology were also exhibited all around the venue.
In addition, the RSTW 2018 featured a series of technical fora on disaster risk reduction and management, intellectual property rights awareness, and agricultural productivity.
NWSSU president Dr. Benjamin Pecayo (2nd from right) and NWSSU VP for REEA Dr. Leo Jesus Lacaba (2nd from left) accept the Plaque of Appreciation for co-sponsoring RSTW 2018 from (L-R) DOST 8 Director Engr. Edgardo M. Esperancilla and DOST Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña.