Vol. XXVI, 2nd Quarter
The Department of Science and Technology unveiled its commemorative projects that highlight the agency’s achievements over the years and honor the men and women who made significant impact to the nation’s S&T-based development during the media launch June 4 at G Hotel in Manila in line with its 50th Anniversary Celebration.
“DOST has lined up a number of activities not only to commemorate the founding of DOST, not only to honor the people who made DOST what it is today, but also to let the public know that we are here to serve,” DOST Undersecretary Fortunato de la Peña said.
DOST Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro assisted by Philippine Postal Corporation Postmaster-General Hector Villanueva unveiled the 50th anniversary commemorative stamps of DOST and the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute.
PNRI is formerly known as the Philippine Atomic Energy Commission-a DOST attached agency, and is also celebrating its golden anniversary.
Over the years, PNRI has been at the forefront of nuclear technology development in the country through R&D activities, and in the use of peaceful benefits in applied agriculture, medicine, food safety, and radio-therapy equipment, among others, says PNRI Director Alumanda M. de la Rosa.
The DOST stamp designed by the Science and Technology Information Institute shows the image of its central office in Bicutan, Taguig City that was established through a decree by former President Ferdinand Marcos in 1968.
The image of the country’s first atomic reactor, an egg-shaped facility located in Quezon City is featured prominently in the PNRI stamp. “The Philippine Nuclear Research Reactor I was used in the stamp design since it is the icon of the peaceful application of nuclear technology in the Philippines,” Dr. de la Rosa added.
Meanwhile, a copy of the SinAg Coffee Table Book was also presented to Secretary Alabastro, which features images of the men and women, structures, and key events in DOST’s evolution.
The coffee table book is called SinAg, an amalgamation of the Filipino words sining [art] and agham [science]. Sinag is also a Filipino word that means light. SinAg attempts to introduce the country’s S&T development history in pictures.
“The images, hues, and other elements represent the challenges, legacy and the evolution of the science community and the institution itself. It is a reminder of its commitment in bringing life enhancing, technology based solutions to the Filipinos”, explains Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, the chairman of the DOST Golden Anniversary Committee, and executive director of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development.
Apart from the jubilee commemorative items, DOST also presented the comics version of its mascot “Tron.” The Tron Comics will be in circulation soon and will feature DOST projects and programs in a manner that is easily understood by the youth and common people.
Science Education Institute Director Ester Ogena said the visual media are effective in conveying ideas to the masses. The comics attempts to explain the agency’s programs and technologies in a concise, easy to read, and visually rich method.
“On behalf of DOST’s past leaders, we thank you for all your support. Ito pong pagdiriwang na ito ay para po sa inyong lahat,” Secretary Alabastro told the audience composed of media and DOST officials and employees.