ExpoScience 2013 opens solutions, opportunities

THE National Science and Technology Week dubbed ExpoScience 2013 started yesterday at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City to exhibit the innovations, interventions and inventions of Filipino scientists, engineers and various works by the entire scientific community organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).  This will run until July 27.
EXPO SCIENCE 2013, SMX, Pasay City (July 23-27, 2013)
The theme “Science, Technology and Innovation: The Road to a Smarter Philippines,” emphasize on the role of science and technology in making a better future for Filipinos through its projects and services that drive socio-economic development. It will showcase the DOST’s solutions to the pressing needs of various sectors like agriculture, transportation, industry, services and climate change.
Sen. Loren B. Legardo during the Opening Ceremony of the EXPO Science 2013
Senator Loren B. Legarda in her speech urged DOST to collaborate with local government units to communicate all the innovations being made to help prevent hazards and damages in the grassroots level when calamities struck the communities.

While the DOST Secretary Mario Montejo stressed the role of science and technology (S & T) and the importance of S & T workers in our lives.  He commended the Filipino scientists and engineers in exploring new frontiers to come up with better products and solutions.

He mentioned Dr. Josette Biyo’s commitment to make Philippines Science system to be the leading education system in Southeast Asia in 2015. He assured that with the Information Communication and Technology Office (ICTO) under Usec. Casambre, the nationwide’s connectivity will be addressed by the end of 2015 pushing towards e-Governance program that is comparable with the neighboring ASEAN countries. 

NSTW 2013 awardees were given to: Dr. Waren N. Baticados, as Outstanding Research & Development Awardee for Basic research on "Molecular researches and diagnostics of national priority protozoal and bacterial diseases of livestock and companion animals;" Dr. Amelia W. Tejada, Outstanding Science Administrator Awardee, in recognition of her excellent contributions to the Food Development Center, National Food Authority; and to the team composed of Teresita J. Ramirez, Susan Sedano, Arsenia Sapin, Ma. Teresa Perez and Reynaldo Ebora as Outsanding Technology Commercialization Awardees.

The DOST technologies include the Advanced Materials Testing Laboratory or ADMATEL, a testing facility for the semiconductor industry; the Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) system aimed at providing alternative transportation in Metro Manila to ease traffic congestion; the Project NOAH and its components as a vital tool to address climate change; the MOSES Tablet; DOST’s Certified Seed Production program for improved agricultural productivity; and the other ICT-driven tools to make the business process outsourcing(BPO) industry more competitive.

During the press conference, Secretary Montejo said that productivity in general is promoted in this event. Examples of which were the technologies in mining of gold which will not use mercury plus will yield more compared with the traditional way; and a number of technologies which can be applied in agriculture, in developing drugs and or medicine that promotes prevention of diseases and in various needs of our nation.

The event highlights DOST’s innovations on disaster preparedness and climate change, such as the MOSES or Mobile Operational System for Emergency Services, a locally designed-computer tablet that will receive real-time weather and flood information reports from DOST’s Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and Project NOAH. The information will help local officials down to the barangay level more informed and to provide them accurate decisions in preventing massive destruction and casualties. For the pilot test, DOST will provide 1,000 units to different barangays in Metro Manila.

The Project NOAH’s 1,000 sensors are expected to be installed within the year. The public will also be updated on DOSTv, a web channel that provides 24/7 information on the weather and other related matters.

Disaster Summit was also held in the afternoon participated in by some local government unit officials, collaborators, students, lay and media. 

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