World Trade Center, Pasay City
November 23, 2022
Acknowledging his father for institutionalizing the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) through Proclamation No. 2214, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. graced the 2022 NSTW as it returned onsite at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
The President led the ribbon cutting to formally open the exhibit aimed at educating, encouraging and enhancing the skills of Filipino scientists, inventors, engineers, students and advocates. He also took keen interest in visiting the exhibitors’ booths to observe and ask questions while being briefed by Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Renato Solidum Jr. and the other participants.
“Through the decades, this celebration has continued to create a platform for professionals, administrators, policy makers, and students to converge and collaborate in order to harness the power of science and technology in solving many of society’s problems and finding opportunities for growth and for development,” President Marcos Jr. said in his keynote message.
He expressed admiration and appreciation to the participating exhibitors, saying that they exemplify the best of Filipino innovation and agility in the ‘new world’ that we are living in. He also conveyed his gratitude to DOST’s attached agencies and regional offices for continuously creating programs that address the nation’s pressing problems on food security, job creation, health, education and climate change adaptation, among others.
The Chief Executive assured DOST of his Administration’s firm commitment in championing science and technology researches, developing data-driven policies, implementing evidence-based responses and supporting the Filipino scientific community. Likewise, he urged DOST and concerned agencies to allocate more resources to institutions carrying out research and development, as well as to integrate these in government programs.
“I challenge the DOST and their partner institutions to continue to provide more scholarships to Filipino students to develop a bigger pool of scientists, researchers, and innovators in the country,” the President added, while urging the young Filipino scientists, inventors, researchers and innovators to stay in the Philippines and be active partners of the government towards achieving a more prosperous nation.
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