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

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

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

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

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.

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

“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.

PCIEERD activities

DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research
and Development (PCIEERD) has lined up the following activities during the NSTW:

Up-close with our Talented Young Pinoy
Innovators: Second  YIP Forum at The Heritage Hotel in Pasay City on July
16 at 1 p.m.;  The Balik Scientist
Program: Challenges, Opportunities and Impact to the Society at the World Trade
Center Manila in Pasay City on July 17, 2:30 p.m.; and,

Turnover of Damage Assessment Map of Marawi
City   World Trade Center Manila,  on July 19, 1 p.m.  Raymond O. Torres and Apple Jean C. Martin-de
Leon/S&T Media Service

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