By Ma. Cristina C. Arayata
MANILA, April 13 (PNA) — With less than three months before his term ends on June 30, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario Montejo hopes that the next Science chief will continue "Agham na Ramdam" — the agency's nationwide Science Nation tour.
"I hope so. Because as you can see, we are spreading science and technology awareness through this program," he told the Philippines News Agency.
"Agham na Ramdam" showcases DOST-developed scientific and technological advancements in every region to make every Filipino feels science and technology's impacts in his or her life.
Montejo emphasized that through this program, Filipinos are also empowered through helping them turn their ideas/discoveries into a product.
The DOST just concluded the Science Nation tour-Central Luzon leg on Wednesday.
This roadshow's Central Luzon leg is the fourth for this year, and third to the last tour before Montejo's term ends.
The two-day Central Luzon leg was full of activities that were held simultaneously.
These include the regional launching of OneStore project, where products made by DOST-assisted micro, small, medium enterprises (MSMEs) can be bought online.
Technology seminars on regulation and safe use of food additives, food safety, were also held.
In Pampanga, the DOST showcased some of its latest technologies such as carrageenan plant growth promoter, Tactical Operative Amphibious Drive (TOAD) vehicle, RxBox medical device, and Diwata — the country's first microsatellite.
A DOST Scholars' Summit, soft launching of Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab), art and research exhibits were slated on the last day of the roadshow.
Meanwhile, among the other activities that happened in Central Luzon were ceremonial turnover of hazard maps to the region and awarding of the region's best SETUP (Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program) adopters. (PNA)