The Department of Science and Technology - National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) will actively participate in the month-long celebration of the Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) in November.

The RSTW will conduct virtual events as opener to the National S&T Week (NSTW). This year’s NSTW theme is “Agham at Teknolohiya: Sandigan ng Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaayusan, at Kinabukasan. NRCP members were invited to share their expertise as needed in the activities of DOST-I and DOST-National Capital Region (DOST-NCR).

Last November 10, 2020, DOST-NCR conducted their online webinar entitled “Science, Technology, and Innovation: Purposive Research for SMARTER Communities” with NRCP members Dr. Ramon Christian P. Eusebio, Chair of Division VII – Engineering and Industrial Research of NRCP, Associate Professor 1 at the University Los Banos, and Dr. Jasper Vincent Q. Alantonga, Member, Division VIII, Social Science Division, as Resource Speakers in relation to the NSTW theme.

The DOST-I also conducted a 2-day online event on November 9-10, 2020. The event had four parts where NRCP members also delivered their respective topics in line with the NSTW theme.
Dr. Krista Yu, Regular Member from Division of Social Sciences, Associate Professor at De La Salle University, delivers the Economic Impact Assessment using Disaster Realm for Kaayusan. Dr. Jomar Rabajante, Member-at-Large and Chair of the Division of Mathematical Sciences, Professor at the Institute of Mathematical Science and Physics, UPLB – Initiating Discussions on Ethics in Mathematical Modelling & Data Analytics for Kinabukasan, Dr. Roel Suralta, Regular Member from Division of Agriculture and Forestry Scientist 2 from Philippine Rice Research Institute delivers the There is Serenity in Diversity, How Farm/Backyard Diversification Sustain the Livelihood & Well-being during Crisis Situations for Kabuhayan and Dr. Agdeppa Regular Member, Division of Biological Sciences, Scientist II Chief, Science Research Specialist OIC, Office of the Director FNRI-DOST, delivered her speech related to the theme on Kalusugan.

The National S&T Week Celebration

Since 1993 until 2019, by virtue of Proclamation No. 163 of 1993, NSTW celebration was celebrated every 3rd week of July to showcase the significant contributions of science and technology to the national development. However, last August 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Proclamation 780 where the celebration of NSTW will now be conducted every 4th week of November to ensure “maximum participation” of schools, students, stakeholders, and the public during the week-long celebration.

This is the first time for the DOST to conduct the NSTW in November, and also the first time that activities, including exhibits, be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Still, the NSTW will run for seven (7) days, from 23 – 29 November 2020. This year’s theme highlights the efforts and initiatives of DOST and the entire scientific community in the area of research and development; practical technologies; innovation in agriculture, industry, and health; technical services and trainings; and financial assistance to entrepreneurs to help every Filipino adapt to COVID-19 under the new normal.

For the 2020 NSTW, NRCP will be conducting 5 webinars on the following topics: CYBERSECURITY: Are We Serious About It?, SCIENCE OF DREAMS: Why do I get nightmares?, Health boosters vs Infections, GOVERNMENT-TECHNOLOGY INTERSECTION: Can you help me stop this pandemic?, and ANG BIGAT NG SALITA: Ilang Pagninilay sa Gitna ng Pandemya.  (Irish Danielle Hagellado, DOST-NRCP)