Inventions galore at Science Week

Manila, Philippines --- Innovations, interventions, and inventions highlighted the 2013 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) in Pasay City, all aimed at making life better for every Filipino.

The NSTW closed yesterday after a highly-attended kick off on July 23.

Thousands of visitors, many of them students, came to the NSTW to view the exhibits and booths at its ExpoScience 2013, with the theme: "Science, Technology and Innovations: The Road to Smarter Philippines."

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) organized NSTW, an annual event, to showcase the government's S&T-driven umbrella program, the Smarter Philippines.

Among those featured at the NSTW were Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards); MOSES (Mobile Operational System for Emergency) Tablet; LEAP (Learning English Application for Pinoys); SETUP (Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program); Brown Rice; Food Irradiation (Nuclear Technology); among others.

Meanwhile, Farmtec Food, Inc. (FFI), a maker of spices, such as chili, ginger, and turmeric among others, bested 46 nominees from the country's 16 regions to emerge as "2013 Best SETUP Adoptor."

SETUP is being handled by DOST-National Capital Region (DOST-NCR) headed by Director Dr. Teresita C. Fortuna.

SETUP is "a nationwide strategy to encourage and assist MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) to adopt technological innovations to improve their operations and, thus, boost their productivity and competitiveness."

DOST announced Wednesday the national winner, Farmtec, as the winner in the regional contest in Region IV-A.

Farmtec, based in Silang, Cavite, is a producer of "dehydrated/powdered food products, such as spices like chili, ginger, turmeric, tamarind; vegetables/herbs like ampalaya, ube, malunggay, and banaba.

Fortuna said the winner received R50,000 in cash prize, as well as plaque of appreciation, with the 15 other finalists each getting R10,000 and plaques.

She said that since 2002, SETUP's start, up to 2012, direct beneficiaries of the program have reached 1,951 SMEs.

"Those are the direct beneficiaries. If you include indirect beneficiary SMEs, the number can reach more than 50,000 MSMEs," she said.

As this developed, a report presented at the NSTW yesterday by Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal, DOST-Region IV-A regional director, cited some of the program's accomplishments.

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