With the theme, “Science for People”, the Philippine-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology (PhilSCAT) participated in the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) regional science technology week (RSTW) cum regional invention contest and exhibits held at Central Luzon State University (CLSU) Gymnasium on July 25-27, 2017.
The event aimed at providing an opportunity to focus the regional and national attention on the role of science and technology (S&T) to national development and give recognition to outstanding accomplishments and personalities in the field of S&T.
The three-day regional event witnessed by hundreds of scientists, engineers, researchers, students, inventors and innovators, is part of the nationwide celebration of national science and technology week (NSTW).
Officials who graced the event are DOST secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña, DOST-Region III director Julius Ceasar V. Sicat, PhD, CLSU president Tereso A. Abella, PhD, Science City of Muñoz municipal mayor Nestor Alvarez, DOST provincial directors and officials of state universities and colleges (SUCs).
DOST has been a partner of CLSU in many scientific expeditions and explorations primarily in agriculture and allied sciences, President Abella said thus the university is honored to host the DOST-RSTW.
“CLSU has attained its status as one of the premier public higher education institution in the country because of the long term partnership with DOST. This science and technology exhibition showcases the many outputs of researches and in its effective that this cascade and trickle down to the people of communities we serve,” he said.
According to DOST-Region III director, the event is the first regional celebration of science and technology week after the NSTW held at the world trade center last July 11-15, 2017 and it was more than 20 years ago since the last time that RSTW was conducted in Nueva Ecija.
“We would like to showcase and focus on a world class and relevant regional based S&T inside the Muñoz community because this is the only Science City in Philippines and fifth in the DOST-declared science community in the country,” director Sicat said in his message.
The director ended his inspirational message quipping that ‘Believe in Science, it works’.
Meanwhile, the DOST secretary recognized all the contribution of S&T in the Science City of Muñoz and other part of Central Luzon. He particularly extended his warm thanks to Emmanuel V. Sicat, PhilSCAT Director and Carlos C. Abon, Jr., PhilSCAT Chief Technology Product and Development Division for extending the technology on mechanized hybrid rice production in Pulilan, Bulacan.
During the event, PhilSCAT showcased the biogas technology –features, benefits and the main objectives of the said program. The center was mandated to demonstrate, promote and commercialize the biogas technology and the digester which was carefully explored and improved at PhilSCAT as a renewable source of energy, waste recycling and environmental management measure for household level animal raisers.
Danilo Macato, research assistant of the biogas technology unit of PhilSCAT, discussed the benefits and advantages of the technology to the students and researches who visited the booth, while Lea Marie Parchamento, sales manager of INCA Philippines Inc. –partner-manufacturer of PhilSCAT in the production of biogas digester explained the costing of the package for the technology.
Apart from the exhibit, S&T film showing, various seminars like “Usap SETUP Tayo” –sharing of successful Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) adopters’ experiences and awarding of this year’s outstanding SETUP adopters in Region III was also staged during the three-day festivities.
The set-up awardees are successful program beneficiaries who adopt and use technological innovations with the assistance of the DOST in the region for their businesses and industries.
The seminars ranges on hydroponics, goat production and processing technologies, design, prototyping and commercialization of machineries and equipment for the agricultural sector and DEW IEC with basic troubleshooting and maintenance were conducted on the second and third day of the event. RRCarbonel