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Robotics, 3D printing take spotlight at Regional Science and Technology Week in Iligan City

ILIGAN CITY (PIA)--The Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) 2023 became a vibrant platform for showcasing a multitude of innovative projects and ideas related to science and technology, such as robotics and 3D printing.

Organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-10, the event gathered scientists, researchers, educators, technology enthusiasts, students, and other stakeholders from across Northern Mindanao.

Under the theme, “Siyensiya, Teknolohiya at Inobasyon: Kabalikat sa Maunlad at Matatag na Kinabukasan” (Science, Technology, and Innovation: Partners for a Prosperous and Resilient Future), the three-day event featured activities, including innovation dialogues, quiz competitions, forums, technology demonstrations, and exhibits.

Held at the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology gymnasium, the event aimed to foster collaboration, knowledge sharing, and technological advancements, allowing the public to gain insight into the latest innovations that could drive progress in their communities.

Fostering local resilience and innovation

There were 25 exhibitors showcasing their DOST-assisted projects that aimed to support local businesses and communities and enhance disaster resilience.

The Philippine Textile Research Institute showcased their silk production project in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, offering a significant boost to the local textile industry, while the Mindanao State University (MSU)-Naawan Campus exhibited their projects, including sea cucumber cultivation.

Paula Fe Castillon, Project Technical Aide at DOST Philippine Textile Research Institute, expressed her gratitude for DOST's support:

"Mapasalamaton kaayo mi nga giinvite mi sa DOST. Kani ang way para mapahatod nato sa farmers or individuals, interested potential partners nga atong masulong ang SEDA Pilipinas brand [We are very thankful for being invited by DOST. This is the way for us to reach out to farmers or individuals, as well as interested potential partners, to promote the SEDA Pilipinas brand],” she said.

Meanwhile, Kaent Immanuel Uba, associate professor in the Fisheries Department at MSU-Naawan, stressed the importance of continuing initiatives like this.

"I think DOST should continue doing more for things like this, where different stakeholders, academe, community, and scientists—are brought together to discuss matters na nagenerate [that were generated]. It is only through effective exchange of information that we are able to promote an ecosystem focused towards growth,” he said.

The Department of Science and Technology opens the Regional Science and Technology Week at Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. (ADD/PIA-10/Lanao del Norte)

Pioneering innovations and resilience

Other showcased technologies and innovations included bamboo furniture, ceramics, robotics, 3-D printing, textiles, and more, underscoring the region's potential for growth and economic support through science and technology.

DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations Engr. Sancho Mabborang emphasized the importance of putting these technologies to practical use.

“These technologies shall be utilized by our communities, cities, and stakeholders, therefore resulting in improved socio-economic status. Dapat magamit natin ang mga resulta at natuklasan ng siyensya, higit sa lahat magamit ito upang masolusyunan ang mga problemang dama ng mga ordinaryong Pilipino [We should utilize the results and discoveries of science, above all, to address the problems faced by ordinary Filipinos],” he said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Frederick Siao of Iligan City expressed his commitment to the role of science and technology in shaping a resilient future.

"May we all continue to be steadfast partners in forging a flourishing and resilient future through science, technology, and innovation,” he said.

The event also included forums on futures thinking and food safety in innovative plant-based diets, along with a reverse pitching session for industry-based projects, a forum for the manufacturing and creative sectors, and an awards ceremony for stakeholders.

Additionally, the DOST-Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration offered the Mobile Planetarium. (LELA/PIA-10/Lanao del Norte)

Mindanao State University - Naawan Campus highlights their sea cucumber project. (ADD/PIA-10/Lanao del Norte)
A lady engages with innovative textile technology by the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Textile Research Institute. (ADD/PIA-10/Lanao del Norte)

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