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2016 National Science and Technology Week

Celebrated in the ARMM Region

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao celebrated the 2016 National Science and Technology Week  at Datu Dizal Cultural Center, Lamitan City, Basilan last June 25-27, 2016 with the theme “Juan Science, One Nation.” The event was spearheaded by Secretary Myra B. Mangkabung of the Department of Science and Technology - ARMM with Lamitan City Mayor Rose U.  Furigay and Vice Mayor Roderick Furigay as host.

The Regional Secretary opened the program with her message citing all the projects, activities and programs (PAP’s) of the department that has been accomplished and will be added. Secretary Mangkabung signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the establishment of Food Innovation Center and awarded Youth S & T Ambassadors and S & T Ambassadors for excellence in the field of researches and other S & T undertakings.

The press conference held where twelve (12) Media men from T.V and Radio stations attended. Secretary Myra Mangkabung and Governor Hadjiman S. Hataman-Salliman discussed and answered questions from the press. Also present were the campus journalists of every school together with their advisers.

Different fora conducted specifically on product competitiveness through S & T featuring Halal Awareness, Food Safety, SET-UP, Tekno-Negosyo and Regional Standard Halal Testing Laboratory (RSHTL); S & T Education featuring e-Library under STARBOOKS and Scholarship Programs, Quality Health Care featuring RX Box, E-Hatid and Ceramic Water Filter using NANO Technology, Public Wifi under ICTO and Disaster Risk Reduction Management & Climate Change.

The “LAKAD-AGHAM 2016” showcased different futuristic attires, inventions and scientific creativity. It was participated by DepEd Basilan and Lamitan Schools Division’s Personnel’s and Employees, Public and Private Elementary, High School and Tertiary School’s Personnel’s, Employees, Teachers and students with their drum and lyre corps. Also present were PNP Marshall and DOST-ARMM employees.

Secretary Mangkabung awarded the SUPER STARBOOKS, an internationally-acclaimed digital library to Maluso National High School. The top 3 winners on Lakad-Agham Parade for different school level also announced. For elementary level, Claret Elementary School of Lamitan got the first place, Lamitan Central Elementary School got the second place and B. Aldana Elementary School got the third place. For secondary level, almost all secondary schools participated the parade. Lamitan National High school got the first place. Claret High school of Lamitan got the second place and Damaso C. Furigay National High school got the third place. For tertiary level, three schools participated the parade. Mindanao Autonomous College Foundation Incorporated got the first place, Basilan State College got the second place and Hardam Furigay College got the third place, respectively. Non-winning schools who participated the parade got a consolation prize.

The NSTW celebration highlighted the beauty of science and technology, how it affects our lives, showcasing the latest researches published, competitions on inventions and researches, forums and exhibits about science, programs, projects and activities. It is the premier event in the annual calendar of the science community and celebrated since the 1950’s.