NAGA CITY, Oct. 7 (PIA) - For the first time, the Department of Science and Technology Region V (DOST V) will celebrate the Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) in this city at the Bicol State College of Applied Science and Technology (BISCAST) starting Oct. 8 until Oct. 10.
In a radio interview over "Radio Cafe: Kapihan sa Radyo Natin, kaiba an PIA" hosted by Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Camarines Sur Provincial Head Ana-Liza S. Macatangay, DOST-Camarines Sur Provincial Head Pat Felizmenio said that the holding of RSTW in Naga City will be the first time outside Legazpi City.
"We are very happy that we were able to bring RSTW outside Legazpi City where we normally hold it annually, because DOST Secretary Dela Pena wants is to bring this celebration in different places and Naga is the first choice after Legazpi," Felizmenio explained.
During the radio interview, Felizmenio, together with Science Research Specialist II Engr. Ernesto Reyes, Jr. discussed the activities of the 3-day event.
Dubbed "2019 Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) back-to-back with Bicol Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits (BRICE)," the event is one of the many follow-up events after the National Science and Technology Week held in Manila.
No other than DOST Secretary Fortunato T. dela Pena will lead the opening ceremonies together with local officials ; 3rd District of Camarines Sur Cong. Gabriel Bordado H. Bordado, Jr., Camarines Sur Governor Miguel Luis R. Villafuerte and Naga City Mayor Nelson S. Legacion.
This year's RSTW will feature the Science and Technology (S&T) Exhibit, forum, awarding ceremonies, commitment signing, ceremonial turn-over and launching, and a press conference.
One of the highlights of the celebration is the awarding of plaques of ownership to the graduates of the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program or SETUP titled "Parangal sa mga Bayaning Entrepreneur."
SETUP is one of the flagship programs of the DOST implemented in the regions to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) improve their productivity, product quality, and operation using science and technology.
The other major event is the awarding of the best CEST (Community Empowerment through Science and Technology) program, another flagship program of the DOST that focuses on addressing problems on health and nutrition, water and sanitation, human resource and development, economic development and livelihood opportunities, and disaster risk reduction and management/climate change adaptation.
Aside from the exhibits of latest innovations in agriculture, enterprise development, and practical invention, the celebration will feature the launch of the Modernization through Upgrading of Albay Dairy Plant Project, and the Food Safety Assurance for Every Juan or FoodSAFE aimed at helping the street food vendors upgrade the standards of their products and operation.
Another main S&T event simultaneous with the 2019 RSTW celebration is the 2019 Bicol Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits (BRICE) where inventors, makers, designers and professional/student researchers will convene and compete for six (6) BRICE Awards.
With this year's theme - "Science for the People: Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development," Bicolanos will once again experience the feel of the different enabling technologies developed by DOST that is poised to change their lives for the better. (JRM/DOST-PIA5 Camarines Sur)