2019 National Science Technology Week to focus on S&T’s role in attaining sustainable development goals


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Do you want to know the breakthroughs in science and technology (S&T) in the Philippines?

You may learn about these at 2019 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), which the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will hold from July 17 to 21 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. It is open to the public and admission is free from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Through Proclamation 169 of 1993, the NSTW is celebrated every third week of July to highlight the significant contributions of S&T to national development.  The celebration has become a platform for heralding S&T advocacy in the country.

Science Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña said that the NSTW celebration “has the noble intention of harnessing the power of innovative technological ideas and concepts to power the Philippines toward new, boundless opportunities to solve long-standing societal problems.”

This year’s theme, “Science for the People: Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development,” underpins the event’s showcase on the latest innovations in technologies, products and research that can help achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dotting the venue will be interactive exhibits that are free for public viewing. DOST agencies and partners, including the local S&T community, will showcase current innovative knowledge, products and services addressing the 17 SDGs.

The products and services are in the areas of food security, energy and environment, aging society, health and medical care, S&T human resource development, equity and growth in the countryside, biodiversity and sustainable use of biological resources, sustainable cities and communities, resilience and innovation, and international linkages.

Moreover, the NSTW is the perfect venue for the science community and science enthusiasts, particularly the technology developers and investors, including the S&T service providers and clients, to interact, exchange ideas, and pursue potential opportunities in technology commercialization and linkages.

Included in the NSTW celebration are the recognition of individuals in the science community who have shown great endeavors in basic and applied research, and technology transfer, promotion and commercialization.

Also, scientific meetings, technical and investment forums, technology demonstrations, interactive exhibits and technical tours are lined up as part of this year’s NSTW.

Dressing up to perfection the scientific way Do you find it difficult to get the perfect fit for your wardrobe?

With S&T, your worries may now be the thing of the past because of the Perfect Fit 3D Body Scanner made available by the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) of the DOST to textile designers, artists and clothes manufacturers.

The 3D Body Scanner will be the centerpiece of the DOST-PTRI exhibit during the celebration of the 2019 NSTW.

“The Perfect Fit” Project under the Textile Product Development Center of DOST-PTRI is part of the Institute’s move to introduce modern technologies and innovations with the aim of becoming the first textile R&D laboratory in the Philippines.

A component of the Perfect Fit Project, the 3D Body Scanner was recently acquired by DOST-PTRI to give textile designers, artists, retailers and manufacturers easy access in the prototyping of their designs and products for evaluation before public offering.

With this technology, the textile and clothing industry will be able to provide accurate measurements using the avatar specifically “tailor-fit” for the Filipino body type.

Later, this is expected to provide a national sizing system for clothes in the country.

Besides the 3D Body Scanner, the center will feature state-of-the-art equipment for textile product development, such as the 3D visualization system and computerized fabric prototyping loom.

Visitors to the NSTW will have the chance to get their body measurements and find their perfect fit.

DOST-FPRDI to showcase latest technologies

The DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) will showcase its latest technologies and researches in the annual NSTW.

Studies related to biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources will be highlighted: propagation of forest vines in Bicol for handicraft and furniture production; bullet-resistant vest developed using the widely available and renewable bamboo; and currency base paper (CBP) using combined fibers of locally available plant materials.

The Institute will also feature its newest program on Bamboo Musical Instruments Innovation Research and Development.

“The Philippines is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, being home to a wide array of the world’s plants and animal species.  The DOST-FPRDI is doing its best to sustainably tap these natural resources for a multitude of purposes,” said FPRDI Director Romulo T. Aggangan.

He cited, for example, the Institute’s efforts in making the country’s own paper money using fibers from abaca, salago and mangium.

“For decades, we have depended on imported CBP to make our own paper money. With our promising research result, however, we are planning to team up with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to make our own CBP using 100 percent locally available fibers,” Aggangan explained.

Meanwhile, the Institute is also bent on helping local craftsmen find new sources of raw materials.

“The Institute is leading a project aimed at determining the volume and location of significant forest vines in the Bicol region, as well as studying the factors affecting their natural growth and regeneration,” he added.

“We invite science enthusiasts, businessmen, technology investors, and furniture and handicraft makers to visit our booth and see how FPRDI-developed technologies can make the way they do things a lot simpler,” Aggangan said.

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