NSTW 2019 highlights “Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development”

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will hold the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on 17-21 July 2019 at the World Trade Center (WTC), Pasay City.

With the theme “Science for the People: Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development,” DOST will once again feature the contributions of science, technology, and innovation (STI) to the overall growth of national development.

This year, DOST will highlight its breakthrough programs, technologies, and services into eight clusters namely Food Security, Energy, and Environment; Aging Society, Health, and Medical Care; Biodiversity and Sustainable Use of Biological Resources; S&T Human Resource Development; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Resilience and Innovation; Equity and Growth in the Countryside; and International Linkages.

As lead of the Aging Society, Health, and Medical Care cluster, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) will feature newly supported health technologies such as the Axis Knee Revision which is a technology for the revision of damaged original knee replacement systems. This technology will provide augments to the knee system that usually damages the bone due to implant operations.

The Council will also showcase the Balance on Action Team (BOAT), a study that addresses the need for a balance rehabilitation equipment that shall ensure a fast, engaging balance rehabilitation by developing an automated gamified balance board platform that aims for a balance exercise tool for faster, more improved, and more motivated balance rehabilitation process.

Another PCHRD-supported technology that will be featured, the Design and Development of Quantitative Gait Assessment Methods of Normal and Hemiplegic Gaits using 3D Motion Capture System and Wearable Inertial Sensors (GAIT), is an innovation that will provide a standard and objective assessment scheme for evaluating the gradual improvements of Filipino hemiplegic post-stroke patients, a reference database for normal and hemiplegic gaits which could be used as a treatment and as a biofeedback tool, and a baseline in developing alternative low-cost gait assessment methods such as wearable inertial sensors.

The Health Cluster will also house the technologies and products of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI), and the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP).

"Our cluster will showcase the application of STI in various parts of the body: the head, heart, stomach, arms, legs, and extremities. We want to emphasize how science affects our bodies through all life stages,” Dr. Jaime Montoya, PCHRD Director, explained.

Aside from the annual exhibit, people can also expect weeklong interactive games, raffle, nutrition counseling, cooking demonstration, and photobooth. For more information, visit www.nstw.dost.gov.ph!