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President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. graces the 2022 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) as it returns to the World Trade Center in Pasay City last November 23-28, 2022 after two years of virtual format due to the pandemic.

Spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the 2022 NSTW showcases the latest innovations, inventions and other science and technology (S&T) researches made by Filipino scientists and engineers, as well as innovative products and services developed by the DOST’s agencies and regional offices that helped address the challenges brought by the pandemic and climate change.

President Marcos Jr. leads the ribbon cutting to formally open the exhibit that is divided into several clusters focusing on the economic agenda of his Administration.  These are Energy (combined with Transport and Logistics) Cluster; Agriculture/Food Security Cluster; Health Cluster; Job Creation (combined with Livable and Sustainable Communities, and Digital Economy Transformation) Cluster; Environment/Sustainability (combined with Resilience) Cluster; STEM Education Cluster; and International Linkages Cluster.

The Small Enterprises and Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) Forum and Awarding Ceremonies serves as one of the highlights in the National Science and Technology week as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) awarded the most outstanding micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that were assisted under SETUP.

The forum and awarding for Community Empowerment Thru Science and Technology (CEST) aims to feature and give recognition to communities that achieved empowerment to become the government’s partners in economic development and in addressing societal challenges despite adversities.

“There are the CRADLE and Small Enterprises and Technology Upgrading Programs which are designed to help companies as well as MSME’s to improve their products, their processes, and services to boost their productivity and competitiveness through various science, technology, and innovation interventions.” President Marcos highlighted in his message.

The National Winner for PRAISE Award for MSMES is the JLM Farm from Cordillera Administrative Region. This award is given to the outstanding MSMEs for their efforts in searching for technical assistance from the different DOST RDIs and Councils, through technology acquisition, technical trainings, technical consultancies and other services embedded in the SETUP.

The National Winner for the Most Industry Ready or iReady Award for MSMEs is FilBake Food Corporation from Region VI. The Most Industry 4.0-Ready Award or I-READY Award and it is given in recognition to MSMEs that are poised to adopt Industry 4.0 technologies in their operations.

The National Winner for ICON Award for MSMEs is ACT Machineries and Metal Craft Corporation of Region II.  The ICON award is given to SETUP-assisted MSME which adopts Industry 4.0 technologies.

The selection criteria include the degree and extent of innovation related to Industry 4.0 technologies, value creation to the customer, value creation for the enterprise, and change or transformation process.

This year’s theme of ‘Agham at Teknolohiya: Kabalikat sa Maunlad at Matatag na Kinabukasan’ aims to bring science, technology and innovation closer once again to Filipino science enthusiasts, advocates and the public as they get to experience firsthand the surprises, positive vibes, excitement and memorable moments in the country’s annual National Science and Technology Week.

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