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Philippines to celebrate science, technology and innovation during Aghambayan Festival

An announcement made by the Philippine Information Agency highlighted the Aghambayan: A DOST-UP Science Technology and Innovation Festival that will celebrate scientific projects and accomplishments of the scientific community in order to raise public awareness of the values of science and how it improves the quality of life of ordinary Filipinos.

A festival that would raise public awareness of the values of science and its role in improving the quality life of ordinary Filipinos will be held at the Philippine International Convention Centre (PICC) on 20 June 2018.

Aghambayan: A DOST-UP Science Technology and Innovation Festival, a joint project between the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the University of the Philippines (UP), will celebrate the scientific projects and accomplishments of the scientific community.

Aghambayan follows the lead began by the annual celebration of the Regional Technology Transfer Days of the DOST and the first UP Knowledge Festival in 2016 that featured science and other branches of knowledge.  

The one-day event will illustrate the close relationship between people in everyday life and the science community which is often unnoticed. Technological and scientific innovations that impact the seemingly ordinary challenges of daily living would be showcased. Examples of which, range from agricultural pest control to the highly-technical use of satellites and radars to mitigate environmental hazards.

Representatives from relevant government agencies such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the Chambers of Commerce will be present.

Researchers and faculty members of higher education institutions and research universities; policymakers; industry leaders and technology adapters; technology entrepreneurs and start-ups; investors, and the Local Government Units (LGUs) will also be at the event.

There will be two main components of the festival:  first would be the exhibit and display of scientific works along the themes of health and well-being, environment, food and human resource development and job creation; and second is a conference with short panel discussions and break-out sessions that will expound on the policy implications, utilisation and uses of scientific research and innovations that benefit the public.

UP President Mr Danilo Concepcion will give a message on public good, extension and technology transfer while DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña will talk about science for the people. Other features of the festival are poster exhibits, tech demonstration corners, and help desks on the side.

The festival will celebrate and showcase the achievements of both DOST and UP in science and their contributions to the nation. It will also demonstrate how science impacts the public good and its relevance to people’s everyday life.

The event will also highlight the policy contributions and implications of scientific research and innovation. It will also serve as an avenue for high-level researchers and industry leaders to explore ideas and research collaboration opportunities as well as a networking platform that will provide an inspiring and innovative way to learn and appreciate science.

Among the technologies that will be showcased are the UP Phil-LiDAR project and the UP SENSLOPE. The UP Phil-LiDAR project aims to produce 3-D flood and hazard maps for the 2/3 of the Philippine river systems with the use of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR).

The UP SENSLOPE is a landslide monitoring system composed of a series of sensors that measure and soil moisture and slope movements. The sensors will periodically measure various parameters that affect the sturdiness of slopes such as rainfall intensity, moisture content and ground movement. Data are then transmitted wirelessly to a central base station for processing and analysis.

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