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DOST urges public to participate in NSTW at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on July 24-28

MANILA, July 15 — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) urged the public to join this year’s National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration on July 24 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

In a statement, the DOST said the NSTW is an annual showcase of the country’s biggest breakthroughs in science and technology (S&T) presented through interactive exhibits, robotics, product displays, and forums, among others.

The DOST said the event aims to bring science and technology closer to the people and inspire the youth and other sectors in believing that Filipinos can do it and that local technology works.

Bearing the theme, “Philippines: A Science Nation Innovating for Global Competitiveness,” the agency said this year’s event is anchored on DOST’s 8 Outcomes.

The 8 DOST outcomes involve the use of S&T interventions to enhance eight areas namely agriculture, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), industry competitiveness, information technology-business process management (IT-BPM), government service, healthcare, education, and disaster preparedness.

The DOST said among those on exhibit will be the various innovations being tapped for improving the country’s monitoring and forecasting as well as disaster risk management as presented by DOST's Science and Technology Information Institute (STII), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), Project NOAH, and DREAM-LiDAR project.

It noted that one of the main attractions is a digital representation of the recently launched West Valley Fault System Atlas (WVFSA) by Phivolcs, a book containing 33 city maps showing where the fault system traverses.

Using this digital representation, the DOST said geologists from Phivolcs will assist exhibit visitors in identifying homes situated within the West Valley Fault System.

The agency said another highlight is the portable PAGASA planetarium, “which students and kids will surely enjoy.”

“The other attractions are life-sized models of various weather monitoring equipment such as automated weather system, automated rain gauges, and the DREAM Li-DAR mapping, as well as interactive scale models of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes,” it added.

The DOST further noted that PAGASA will also show Doppler-radar monitoring to allow exhibit visitors to experience real-life weather and monitoring from the weather bureau.

The agency said visitors will also get a clearer understanding of storm surges, typhoons, and global warming as PAGASA experts walk them through these meteorological hazards.

It added that digital interactive hazard maps will also be available for people to identify possible meteorological and geological hazards present in a specific location.

“We invite everyone to come to the 2015 National Science and Technology Week where technology, fun, and learning come together in this celebration,” the DOST said.

The DOST said the NSTW is open to the public and admission is free. (PNA)

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