Kalinga to host regional science, technology week

TABUK, CITY, KALINGA – For the first time, the province will play host to this year’s Regional Science and Technology Week with the theme “Science for the People”.

The RSTW is the regional celebration of the National Science and Technology Week which was celebrated on July 11-15, 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. In the region, it has always been held in either Baguio City or Benguet but this year, starting with Kalinga, the provinces will take turns holding the event.

Slated for October 10-14, 2017 RSTW “will focus on technology innovation in support to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the academe, and other stakeholders that will, through the conduct of various activities, promote development in the Cordillera Administrative Region” according to the Department of Science and Technology in the Cordillera region (DOST-CAR).

During the three-day event, the public can visit a so-called Techno Bazaar that will be set up on the grounds of Capitol Hills in Bulanao, Tabuk City. The bazaar will showcase the different technology-aided products of entrepreneurs from all over the Cordillera.

Meanwhile, in the Kalinga Astrodome, students will be treated to various interactive exhibits including the mobile planetarium of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Apart from the weather bureau, there will also be technology exhibits from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the Philippine Science High School Cordillera (PSHS-CAR), the provincial local government unit (PLGU), national line agencies, and groups from the private sector.

Other activities lined up during the three-day fair include technology forums, particularly on rice technologies, chocolate processing, and coffee and cacao production and harvesting technologies; the Annual Summit of Enterprising SETUP Clients and Opportunities (ASENSO); information, education, communication campaigns on the Deployment of Early Warning System or DEWS for flood-prone areas; S&T quiz for elementary and secondary schools in CAR; and the launching of the Cordillera Disaster Risk Reduction Management Information System.

DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña and Regional Affairs Undersecretary Brenda Nazareth-Manzano are expected to grace the event.

By Iryll Sicnao

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