THE FARM, Koronadal City — It’s the turn of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-SOCCSKSARGEN to conduct their  version of the Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW).

P_20181205_124148DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Pena lays down innovation breakthroughs of the DOST.

RSTW is being held in the country’s 16 regions, the regional version of the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), the DOST’s program to celebrate breakthroughs in technology and innovation.

It’s one of DOST’s ways in communicating science to the people, to show that science through research and development (R&D) produces technology and innovation products that impact people’s lives, the society and the nation.

DOST XII Regional Director Dr. Zenaida “Hadja Shayma” P. Hadji Raof Laidan steered the RSTW celebration and set a high bar for other regions to follow.

A top act to follow, indeed, epitomized by a surprised pyrotechnics display that lighted the night sky of the southern city of Koronadal, South Cotabato.

DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Pena, apparently, liked what he saw and experience.

“Happy,” he replied when SDN — Scitech and Digital News asked him for a reaction over the warm reception he received a la rockstar.

Here’s in photographs the DOST-SOCCSKSARGEN celebration:

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Fireworks in honor of RSTW participants and guests.

P_20181205_095529Pupils of school granted STARRBOOKS, DOST’s offline digital library.

p_20181205_111229.jpgLooking around at trade exhibit booths.

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DOST executives Secretary Fortunato T. de la Pena, Undersecretary Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara (left), Undersecretary Carol M. Yorobe (right) , and DOST-SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Director Dr. Zenaida ‘Hadja Shayma’ P. Hadji Raof Laidan. 

DOST 5Students lining to view the DOST Planetarium exhibit.

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With the head of one of the MSMEs DOST assisted projects through SETUP.

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P_20181205_111051Various products from MSMEs assisted by the DOST.

DOST 7Celebrating science and S&T achievements and breakthroughs in DOST-SOCCSKSARGEN through the Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW).

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Students awaiting arrival of DOST executives in one of the schools along National Road connecting General Santos City and South Cotabato in SOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII). 

The DOST-SOCCSKSARGEN celebrated the RSTW on December 5 to 7. (EKU)