About 150 participants representing 25 institutions in both public and private sectors actively participated in the tree planting program organized by the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. IX (DOST IX). The activity, which was held on July 26, 2010 at 8:00 in the morning, planted more than 200 mahogany tree seedlings along the highway of Begong, Tigbao Municipality, Zamboanga del Sur.
The tree planting is one of the many strategies that anyone can adopt in responding to global climate change. The event was closely coordinated with Mr. Joy Balandra, Begong Barangay Chairman and Mr. Alvin Ang, DOST-SETUP project beneficiary on Kiln Dryer Facility located at Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur.
The tree planting was one of the various events lined up for the 2010 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) – Regional Celebration in Pagadian City and Zamboanga del Sur.
From Tigbao Municipality, the participants also joined the DOST motorcade to Pagadian City, followed by the Opening Ceremonies which was held at the Liga Convention Center, Pagadian City.
The science community adopted “Filipinnovation, The Way Forward” as 2010 NSTW theme even as it steers the country towards a culture of innovation. Filipinnovation is a combination of two words, Filipino and innovation. The latter term is lifted from the present innovation program of DOST which encourages the upgrading of the Filipino mindset towards innovation on products and services. Dr. Carlos Tomboc, Director of the DOST’s Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), served as the keynote speaker during the Opening Ceremonies.
Other events slated are:
July 27 (Tuesday, 1-5pm) – Technology Fora on Selected ITDI Technologies & DOST Info Drive at Bay Plaza Hotel, Pagadian City. The technologies to be promoted are : a) New Trends in Recycling Compact Discs (CD) Scraps; b) Alternative Sugars; c) Wine Kit; and d) Water Purifier for Rural Communities;
July 28 (Wednesday, 1-5pm) – Symposium on Climate Change at Liga Convention Center, Pagadian City;
July 28 (Wednesday, 1-5pm) – Technology Forum on FNRI-developed Nutritious Food Technologies (Squash Squid and Fish Balls, Squash Gulaman, Squash Crunchies and Fish Kikiams) at the DOST IX office at Gasul Bldg, cor. Duterte St., Rizal Avenue, Pagadian City;
July 29 (Thursday, 8-12nn) – DOST IX Outreach Program (Feeding on DOST Nutritious Food Products) at the Municipality of Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur.
July 29 (Thursday, 1:5pm) - Benchmarking on DOST-assisted projects: Bioreactor Facility of LGU – Margosatubig; Lumber Kiln-Dryer Facility of Wood Tech Builders; and Dried Tilapia Processing Plant of Greenhouse Processing and Restaurant. (DOST IX PRESS RELEASE)