Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is all set to showcase its most recent scientific works and technologies at the 2014 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), scheduled from July 24 to 28, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Aptly themed, “Philippines: A Science Nation Meeting Global Challenges,” the five-day expo promises fun-filled activities, informative forums, and engaging programs that are centered on healthier living, science-based wellness, eHealth technology, and healthy lifestyle options for the common Filipino.

“This year’s theme is timely and equally relevant since Filipinos have become increasingly concerned about creating a balance between working hard and living better. Poor health and the affordability of medicines, for example, have even become more important concerns these days, which is why we need to strive to increase our knowledge and capacity on key health issues,” said executive director, Dr. Jaime C. Montoya.

Some of the highlights in the 2014 NSTW are initiatives from the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), one of DOST’s three planning councils that is responsible for coordinating and monitoring health research activities in the country.

The PCHRD will conduct a series of interactive forum that aim to promote healthier living among all age groups. To make this possible, the PCHRD will bring in experts like Dr. Demetria Bongga who will talk about the nutrition levels of fast food choices and how local fast-food offerings fare when compared to international choices.

A forum titled, “Initiatives on Drug Discovery: Is the Philippines Catching Up?,” will also be conducted to inform researchers, students, and the academe on the latest updates in the fields of medicine, pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacology. Speakers such as Dr. Isagani Padolina and Dr. Lilibeth Salvador-Reyes will talk about industrial aspects of drug and natural product research and the role of medical chemistry on drug discovery.

Another programme to look forward to is NSTW’s eHealth forum, which will highlight the country’s new platform for health information exchange, maternal and child health, and efficient eHealth technology.

Other exhibits and activities include physical routines for the general attendees, routines focused on health and wellness among the elderly, balance training, and free check-up for chronic medical conditions such as hypertension.

“There is something for everyone at NSTW. We believe that the expo will give individuals a better understanding on how we should think in terms of our health needs. It’s all about increasing the public’s knowledge on health and well-being as we aim to improve and save more lives,” said Dr. Montoya.

Institutionalized in 1982, the National Science and Technology Week is an annual celebration that highlights significant contributions of science and technology to national development. It also serves as venue to interface scientists and researchers with entrepreneurs and businessmen.

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SMX Convention Center is located at Seashell Drive, Mall Of Asia Complex, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines

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  1. Haha I was about to submit this to you! Hopefully makapunta din ako dito. Two of the section heads in my division will be resource speakers in some forums ata. Plus may exhibit din from our office. :)