The Department of Science and Technology celebration of the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) 2019 with the theme “Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development” will showcase the technologies and services that respond to eight (8) out of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). NSTW 2019 is happening on July 17-21, 2019 at the World Trade Center (WTC), Pasay City.

This year, exhibits are divided into eight (8) clusters namely: Cluster 1 – Food Security, Energy and Environment; Cluster 2 – Aging Society, Health, and Medical Care; Cluster 3 – S&T Human Resource Development; Cluster 4 – Equity and Growth in the Countryside; Cluster 5 – Biodiversity and Sustainable Use of Biological Resources; Cluster 6 – Sustainable Cities and Communities; Cluster 7 – Resilience and Innovation; and Cluster 8 – International Linkages.

In line with the Philippine Development Plan and the Harmonized National R&D Agenda of DOST, the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) priority research areas for 2017-2022 under the National Integrated Basic Research Agenda or NIBRA include Sustainable Community, Inclusive Nation Building, Health Sufficiency, Water Security, Food and Nutrition Security, and Clean Energy.

To strongly support this year’s theme, NRCP will feature and present its NIBRA projects through exhibits and fora in the following clusters:

1) Exhibits

a. NRCP as the lead for Cluster 6: Sustainable Cities and Communities. SDG addressed: SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation. The NRCP Cluster has as its theme: “S2R (Sustainable, Smart, and Resilient) Livable Cities in the Philippines: Nurturing the Cultural and Heritage Wellbeing of the Nation through the SDGs”.

Cluster 6 will showcase selected cities in the country which demonstrate innovation, best practices, governance reforms and commitment to promote sustainable development. In the course of the exhibit, it will feature how interdisciplinal science and technology have complemented and facilitated the accomplishment of the three (3) pillars of the SDG 11 such as people, planet and prosperity, and how SDG 6 has been integrated in the development roadmap of a city. Selected DOST attached agencies and regional offices are presented as partners and enablers in making sustainable development more research-based, technology-driven and collaborative in nature.

It also offers fora that will be helpful to the public, particularly the LGUs, students, the private sector, and NGOs. Fora presentations will include lessons, challenges, best practices of the cities featured, as well as the science and technology projects in these cities. External partners of Cluster 6 include the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), the Intramuros Administration, and the UN Habitat.a

For the exhibit the participating cities are Dagupan, Cauayan, Iloilo, Butuan, Davao, Vigan, Tacloban, Legazpi and Puerto Princesa, in close coordination with DOST Regional Offices I, II, V, VI, VIII, XI, and CARAGA.

Relevant technologies for the cities will be featured by DOST agencies to include PTRI, PCIEERD, MIRDC, and STII.

This Cluster is aligned with the DOST-NRCP’s ATIN Program on Inclusive Nation Building (Ang Tinig Natin), specifically on S2R (Sustainable, Smart and Resilient) Livable Cities in the Philippines.

b. NRCP in Cluster 2: Aging Society, Health and Medical Care
The HIV-AIDS Awareness Using Digitized Arts will be featured in interactive exhibits with HIV testing and Counselling.

c. NRCP in Cluster 3: Human Resource Development
NRCP will exhibit Scientific Knowledge Management System (SKMS), NIBRA, Women-in-Science, Research and Development Leadership Program and NRCP
Membership with video presentations and interactive kiosk.

 

2) Fora

1. Fusion of Science and Arts Forum (FSA V.3): "Enhancing Generation Z' Level of Awareness on HIV/AIDS through Digitized Arts,” July 17, at 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Mainstage, WTC

The FSA V.3 forum aims to communicate and disseminate, through digitized arts, various relevant HIV information in order to enhance the level of awareness of the most susceptible group– the youth sector, ages are 15 to 24, or students from Grades 10 to 2nd Year College (The Generation Z/Gen Z).

2. Cities Forum:

a. Internet of Things (IoT) in Cauayan City, Isabela, July 18, at 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Cluster 6 Exhibit Area, WTC

b. Iloilo River Rehabilitation and Development, July 18, at 3:00 – 5:00 PM, Cluster 6 Exhibit Area, WTC

c. Geo-SAFER and Project STORRM as Planning Tools Towards a Climate-Resilient Butuan City, July 19, at 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Cluster 6 Exhibit Area, WTC

d. The Role of Culture and History in the Sustainable Development of Cities: The Case of Manila, July 20, at 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Cluster 6 Exhibit Area, WTC

3. Mayors Forum: Issues and Trends in Sustaining Development in Philippine Cities: A Science Governance ChallengeJuly 21, at 9:00 – 11:00 AM, Function Room 1, WTC
a. Solid Waste Management Mainstreaming for DRRM/CCA Master Control Program
b. Disaster Resiliency of a UNESCO Heritage Site
c. Reforms in Governance of the City of Manila for Sustainable Development

4. Partners Forum:
Crafting Resilience Roadmap for Future Generation Cities; July 21, at 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Function Room 1, WTC

a. Metro Manila Greenprint 2030: Promoting Awareness and Valuing Cultural Diversity
b. Developing the Next Generation Cities in the Philippines: The Clark Model
c. Building Climate Resilience through Urban Plans and Designs

The country’s biggest S&T event features other experiential exhibits on food security, energy and environment, equity and growth in the countryside, biodiversity and sustainable use of biological resources, resilience and innovation, and international linkages.

Admission to the NSTW 2019 is FREE! Visit RPod and the NRCP website at nrcp.dost.gov.ph for details.