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Reach for the stars: DOST kicks off Regional Science and Technology Week 2023 in Zamboanga Peninsula

DIPOLOG CITY, Sept. 7 (PIA) – Students showcased innovation as the Department of Science and Technology officially kicked off this year’s Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) in Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte, recently, to highlight the contributions of science, technology, and innovations (STI) to nation building and resilience, .

With the theme “Siyensya, Teknolohiya at Inobasyon: Kabalikat sa matatag, maginhawa at panatag na kinabukasan”, the RSTW aims to encourage the youth to pursue science and technology as well as mathematic (STEM) career paths by showcasing technological innovations in the field with real-world applications.

The DOST also invited schools like the Philippine Science High School – Zamboanga Peninsula Region Campus (PSHS-ZRC) and Ateneo de Zamboanga University to showcase their technologies as well as local schools in Dipolog City like Dipolog Medical Center, Saint Vincent’s College, and Zamboanga del Norte National High School.

Students got to try their hand at robotics at the PSHS-ZRC’s booth as well as some first-hand photo journalism experience with the DOST’s Science Journo.

(photo by: DepEd Dipolog City Division Information Office)

National Secretary Dr. Renato Solidum Jr. graced the event along with DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations, Dr. Sancho Mabborang. Regional Director Martin Wee was also present as well as Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Director, Nuhman Aljani.

Provincial Governor Rosalina G. Jalosjos and Dipolog City Mayor Darel Dexter T. Uy were also present to give their statements of support.

In his speech, Sec. Solidum highlighted that they have always been sincere in their mission to bring STI closer to the people, and that these efforts can be seen in through the various exhibits displayed during the event that showcase different technologies with practical day-to-day applications in the lives of the average Filipino.

He brought up their Grassroots Innovations for Inclusive Development Program that they launched through a SalikLakbay expedition in Diwan, Dipolog City as an example, wherein they identified local innovations and came up with interventions to help locals with their livelihood.

Students from different high schools in the city got to try their hand at robotics courtesy of the Philippine Science High School - Zamboanga Peninsula Campus' booth (photo by: DepEd Dipolog City Division Information Office)

Dipolog City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Liza R. Tabilon CESO V said through these practical exposures, students can grasp how their love for science and technology can lead to fulfilling careers.

“This strategy empowers learners, fostering passion for STEM and its real-world applications, aligning with the Department of Education’s commitment to nurturing well-rounded forward-thinking individuals who will drive progressive development in our local community and country,” Dr. Tabilon said.

Vea Alessandra G. Concha, a grade 10 STEM student of Zamboanga del Norte National High School, said that she believes the RSTW has a great impact especially for elementary students who are still unsure about the track they want to pursue in high school.

“Because this is what we do in school as well,” she said referring to the exhibits around her, “so I hope that they can see it and they appreciate it, and I really hope that they can learn a lot.”

“I hope that when they see us doing these things, maybe one day they’ll want to be like us too,” she added.

Next year’s celebration will be held at another province within Zamboanga Peninsula as the RSTW is celebrated on a round-robin basis. (RVC/PJF/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)

About the Author

Pamela Joyce Fumero

Information Officer - I

Region 9

A psychology graduate with latin honors from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology, Pamela is a registered psychometrician currently employed as a writer and information officer at the Philippine Information Agency's Region IX - Zamboanga del Norte Information Center.

As an information officer, she attends meetings and provides coverage for both government and nongovernment events that benefit the Filipino people.

She also writes feature and news stories which can be found on PIA's official website. 

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