Innovations to meet SDG deadline of 2030

 

 

By  Marlo Asis (DOST-STI) 

As the Philippines fetes the achievements of Filipino scientists and science experts in this year’s National Science and Technology Week, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has lined up activities that highlight how technological innovations can help achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) mandated by the United Nations.

 

Science Secretary Fortunato “Boy” de la Peña said the DOST decided to focus on the sustainable development goals because the 2030 deadline for achieving the SDGs is not too far from now.

 

“Looking at the 17 SDGs, it is very easy to see that in many of these, science and technology can play a very significant role in the achievement of these goals,” he said.

 

At the 2019 NSTW exhibit area, the 17 SDGs are clustered into eight exhibit areas namely: food security, energy and environment; aging society, health, and medical care; S&T human resource development; equity and growth in the countryside; biodiversity and sustainable use of biological resources; sustainable cities and communities; disaster resilience and innovation; and international linkages.

 

“One cluster is on food security and the environment. There is also something on health and wellness, aging and nutrition for example are included there,” he noted.

 

“We have a cluster on sustainable and smart cities, and also on disaster resilience where most of the technologies of PHIVOLCS like the Hazard Hunter app which was launched on July 17 is included, as well as PAGASA modernization and improvements.”

 

Another cluster showcases equity and growth in the countryside which focuses more on enterprises in the countryside to encourage value-adding activities and employ more people. Technology interventions that help uplift marginalized communities from their present situation are also on exhibit. A cluster on peace and justice, intervening more on the human resource side is also showcased.

 

 “Since the sustainable development goal talks about partnership and collaboration, we also have a cluster that shows our collaboration in science and technology with our bilateral partners (international linkages)” said the DOST chief.

 

De la Peña explained that the clusters are not arranged in order of priority, rather it is based on DOST’s organizational structure which includes councils that deal with agriculture and forestry sector; aquaculture and marine sector; industry, energy, and emerging technologies sector; health and nutrition sector, which fits on the previously mentioned clusters.

 

There are many technologies of the agriculture and food security side and on the sustainability of marine environment and terrestrial resources, followed by those related to industry and manufacturing which includes innovations developed by young scientists and inventors through DOST-supported start-ups.

 

At the ANC’s “Future Perfect” TV program hosted  by Tony Velasquez, de la Pena provided a run-through of the tech score board in meeting the Philippines’ SDGs and invited everyone to visit the exhibits and fairs showcased at the 2019 National Science and Technology Week which runs 17-21 July 2019 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. 

 

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