The Department of Science and Technology is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year around the theme “Making Science Work for You” and has lined up a series of activities until June 2008.
It has recently unveiled a jubilee banner and a mascot named Tron that dances to the tune of a new DOST jingle called “Lift Your Head High” to promote interest in science and technology among Filipino youth. Tron debuted during last year’s National Science and Technology Week opening rites held at Dusit Hotel in Makati City.
The science community also commissioned Dr. Ramon Acoymo, dean of UP College of Music to re-arrange the DOST hymn, which will be launched in time for the opening of DOST Exhibit and “TienDOST” on June 9 at the Bicutan science complex.
The busy day will be followed by “Gabi ng Ginintuang SinAg” (Sining at Agham), a cultural night anticipated to be rich in memorable performances to be held in UP Theatre. Meanwhile, the spotlight will focus on 50 science achievers during the awarding ceremony set June 10 at the Heroes Hall in Malacañang. The science achievers will be composed of technology adopters and generators, science administrators, scholars, and scientists.
A coffeetable book detailing the history of the department will also be launched to highlight the event.
Fun and festivities will enliven the science community when it holds game shows and sports fest on June 11, and participation to the Independence Day parade of floats on June 12 in Rizal Park. The activities will be capped by a grand reunion and awarding of agency floats on June 13 in Bicutan.
The activities are designed to promote public awareness in science and technology and its important role in national economic development.
DOST traces its roots to the National Science Development Board established in 1958 mainly based on the report of Dr. Frank Co Tui, who was tasked by Pres. Ramon Magsaysay to survey the state of S&T in the Philippines. The report was completed during the Garcia administration.
In 1982, the NSDB was revamped into the National Science and Technology Authority and accorded broader policy-making and program implementing functions.
The NSTA was elevated to Cabinet level following EDSA II and becomes the Department of Science and Technology in response to increasing demands for S&T-based intervention in national development.
DOST has mandate to provide central direction, leadership, and coordination of all S&T activities in the country and support for national development priorities. It has now 16 regional offices and 87 Provincial S&T Centers that provide S&T services to people and industries in the regions.
Philippine Council for Health Research and Development Executive Director Jaime Montoya chairs the committee in-charge of the year-long activities for the 50th anniversary celebration.
(By Yen Ocampo and Liza R. Gutierrez, S&T Media Service)
(DOST-9 PRESS RELEASE)