AS the country grapples with the negative effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) continues to find practical solutions that will help the Filipinos surpass these challenges.
The Science department, backed by a strong pool of competent scientists, researchers and innovators, will present to the public the 21 high-impact technologies and research and development (R&D) projects in the areas of health and nutrition, industry competitiveness, enterprise development, disaster management and risk reduction, education and agriculture, among others.
The special launch of the 21 technologies and game changing R&D projects dubbed as “Big 21 in 2021” will be aired live on September 7 at 10 a.m. via Zoom and the DoST Philippines Facebook page.
According to DoST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña, the 21 big ticket technologies, projects and R&D initiatives are poised to alleviate the conditions of the Filipinos particularly in the regions not only during this pandemic but beyond it.
Some of the technologies and projects to be bannered during the launch are the following: Nutritional genomics of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute; the Biosafety Level 2+ Laboratory for the Virology and Vaccine Institute of the Philippines; Virgin Coconut Oil as adjunct therapy for Covid-19; the Nicer Projects on Smart Water Infrastructure Management (Swim) Research and Development Center in Region 2 and the Center for Sustainable Polymers in Region X; are just some of the technology promoted.
“We invite you to create our own future by discovering our local technologies and new knowledge products with the Big 21 in 2021. Similarly, we call on the government policymakers, technopreneurs, integrators and investors to share with us your ideas and resources so we can shape our future together as development partners,” said DoST Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara.