Vol. XXVI, 2nd Quarter
The Department of Science and Technology is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year around the theme “Making Science Work for You” with a series of activities that stretched until last June.
It unveiled a jubilee banner and a mascot named Tron that dances to the tune of a new DOST jingle called “Lift Your Head High” to promote interest in science and technology especially among Filipino youth. Tron debuted during last year’s National Science and Technology Week opening rites held at Dusit Hotel in Makati City.
The science community also commissioned Dr. Ramon Acoymo, dean of UP College of Music to re-arrange the DOST hymn that was launched in time for the opening of DOST Exhibit and “TienDOST” on June 9 at the Bicutan science complex.
The busy day was followed by “Gabi ng Ginintuang SinAg,” a cultural night rich in memorable performances held in UP Theatre.
Fun and festivities animated the science community with game shows and sports fest last June 11, and participation to the Independence Day parade of floats June 12 in Rizal Park. A grand reunion and awarding of agency floats June 13 in Bicutan capped the activities.
The jubilee activities were designed to raise public awareness in science and technology and its important role in national economic development.
DOST traces its roots to the National Science Development Board established in 1958 mainly based on the report of Dr. Frank Co Tui, who was tasked by Pres. Ramon Magsaysay to survey the state of S&T in the Philippines. The report was completed during the administration of Pres. Carlos Garcia.
In 1982, the NSDB was revamped into the National Science and Technology Authority and accorded broader policy-making and program implementing functions.
The NSTA was elevated to Cabinet level following EDSA II and became the Department of Science and Technology in response to increasing demands for S&T-based intervention in national development.
DOST has the mandate to provide central direction, leadership, and coordination of all S&T activities in the country and support for national development priorities. It has now 17 regional offices including DOST-ARMM and 87 provincial S&T Centers that provide S&T services to people and industries in the regions.
Philippine Council for Health Research and Development Executive Director Jaime Montoya was chairman of the committee in-charge of the year-long activities for the 50th anniversary celebration. (Yen Ocampo, S&T Media Service)