In its bid to bring the gains of science, technology, and innovation (STI) closer to the people to reduce demographic inequality, create opportunities for businesses and employment, and expand the potential for growth in the countryside, the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. IX (DOST-IX) will be conducting “Science for the People (SFTP)” Festivals in key locations in the region.
SFTP is a consolidated effort of DOST to bring S&T products and services to the countryside. This fiesta-inspired event aims to, among others: (1) reach and serve rural community folks, especially in places where regular access to government services is quite challenging; (2) introduce and demonstrate the beneficial applications of DOST technologies, programs, and services, which are all geared toward improving the quality of life in the region; and (3) promote collaborative efforts towards meaningful development through strengthening partnerships between DOST, other line government agencies, local government units (LGUs), private businesses, non-government organizations (NGOs), and local communities.
Through the SFTP Festivals, communities are set to benefit from the opportunities to be created by technology bazaars and exhibits, technology business fora, technology trainings, and nutri-feeding activities, among many other things.
For the first leg of its SFTP festival, DOST-IX has chosen the Municipality of Titay as its venue. Located at the western part of the Zamboanga Peninsula (ZamPen), Titay is a humble yet thriving municipality that acts as the gateway for travelers headed for Zamboanga del Norte and the other provinces of ZamPen. Given its inland location and distance from the main cities, it is often found on the wanting side of science and its advancements. Thus, DOST-IX believes that it is the most viable setting for its first Science for the People Festival, which will be held at the Titay Municipal Hall on 22-24 May 2017.
Among the highlights of the 1st SFTP Festival include nutri-feeding program for children, sharing of products of DOST-SETUP-assisted firms to senior citizens, and a tree planting activity.
DOST-IX is inviting the public to witness and take part in this event. Everyone is encouraged to view the various technologies that will be showcased, which include those related to disaster risk reduction and management, improvement and/or development of business enterprises, education, and health. Admission to all of the activities during the Science for the People festival is FREE. (Bon Padayhag, DOST IX Press Release)