Iloilo marks historic feat as inaugural provincial host of national sci-tech week

Iloilo City cemented its reputation as the science and technology hub of the Visayas by marking another first – becoming the inaugural provincial host for the National Science, Technology, and Innovation Week (NSTW) from November 22-26.

This year’s theme, “Siyensya, Teknolohiya, at Inobasyon sa Kabalikat sa Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag na Kinabukasan,” anchored on the sustainable use of marine resources to create jobs and bolster the economy.

The opening ceremony held at the Iloilo Convention Center (ICON) was followed by interactive exhibits, talks and demonstrations, celebrating the research and development gains of DOST and the Filipino ingenuity across sectors. It also featured sub- events like the start – up jams, fyrside chats, and business development matching and pitching among others.

The Iloilo Science and Technology University, along with other universities in the region also participated by showcasing their research and development portfolio, and their recent wins in producing startups and spin offs that offer various solutions and options to industries and communities.

The University featured the Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC) in ISAT U Miagao, the Fabrication Laboratory, the Ground Receiving Satellite located in ISAT U Dumangas, its array of R&D products, and its vibrant research ecosystem that allows the university to become a progressive center for research, technology, and entrepreneurship.

“Through this integration of strengths across government, academe and startups, Team Iloilo can catalyze wider advancement, “remarked by ISAT U President Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre Jr.

The weeklong celebration was participated in by no less than DOST Secretary Renato S. Solidum, USec. Leah Buendia, DOST Region VI Director Dr. Rowen Gelonga and some other big and familiar names in the business, science, technology, and innovation world.