Science, technology, and innovation in the expanding Filipino societyWednesday, December 28, 2011 06:52 AM Views : 5013Aristotle P. Carandang
Science, technology, and innovation are a triumvirate known as the engines of growth. However, these engines only work their maximum when revved up by people who seriously want to see this country running neck-to-neck with its neighbors in the economic highway.
For this reason, the Department of Science and Technology has been exerting a great deal of effort to make Filipinos aware of and appreciate the role of science in their daily life. Such may be an uphill battle but the visionary Science Secretary Mario G. Montejo ensures that no stone is left unturned in DOST's staunch promotion and advocacy of initiatives that will bring about maximum socio-economic benefit to the expanding Filipino society.
Noticeably, the Department' priority programs, projects, and activities, and the Secretary himself, have been prominent in all media: print, broadcast, and cyber.
Sec. Montejo's five-point agenda are appropriately anchored on the social contract of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III. Such agenda include: DOST Solutions to Pressing National Problems; Developing Appropriate Technologies that Create Growth in the Countryside; Improving Industry Competitiveness; Use S&T to Enhance Government and Social Services; and Building Capacity in Emerging Technologies
Leveraging on collective action using mutlisectoral approach to solve multifaceted situation, the DOST underscores the value of oneness, of working together as a family with a common vision. Gladly, the Department is a Lone Ranger no more in its drive to achieve national progress through S&T. It has strengthened its alliances and now works closely with other government offices, academic institutions, private organizations, and even some people's and non-government organizations.
Moreover, the strength of this administration can be measured in its internal effort to let everyone in the DOST system work cohesively towards a common goal. With a solid core, the energy radiates to all its partners especially to the general population where it has a social contract to fulfill that is making science, technology, and innovation help in nation building. This is science working for the Filipinos.
And we call this Filipinnovation!