Feature: Science as key driver of change
by L. Lopez
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan (10 October) -- In times like this when we are fazed by all forms of crisis, there is one very crucial key that can transform our state and that is science, said Department of Science & Technology (DOST) Assistant Secretary Mario Bravo.
Bravo, who was keynote speaker during the 4th North Luzon Cluster Science & Technology Fair at the Cagayan Colleges of Tuguegarao last week, scored the great changes that could be gained from new technologies laid down by science.
Bravo, however, underlined the right attitude of people towards new trends and breakthroughs so that desirable change could take place.
We observe there is a fast pace of change, and we as people should harness our talents and skills for us to cope with this change, Bravo stressed.
There should be a positive blend between new technology and right attitude, the former bringing out what is best and the latter applying what has been best. If we do this as a nation, we can see ourselves to be still on-top of every crisis that beset our country and our people, Bravo assured.
This is the time for us to develop a national view on what we want to achieve and assure that no one is left behind from the shares of scientific progress, Bravo said.
Bravo reiterated the awareness to exploit the possible contribution of science and allow it to work for us, in line with the fair's theme - making science work for you.
Bravo cited the issues on global success and competence as determinants in the trend of science. We can not isolate any particular portion of the world if we talk of science today, since every body aims for success and excellence as the ultimate value, he said.
For us to achieve the best, Bravo stressed the need to work and work and work.
The 4th Northern Luzon cluster Science & Technology Fair was participated by representatives from Regions 1, 2 and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Region 2 Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Dir. Urduja Tejada, who is Chair of the weeklong fair, said the activity aims to provide knowledge and information that would enhance people's capability through the use of technology.
Application of this technology propels economic production that would bring about substantial figures in the gross domestic targets of the country, Tejada said.
Tejada said aside from added competence, we also realize additional income from our usual ventures, giving us maximum returns with almost the same amount of inputs.
This is what science can do to the lives of Filipinos, who are faced with all forms of challenges today, she said.
Through this theme, Tejada hopes to address the sad state of small Filipinos whom she said could access only to about 4.6% of the national income, while a large margin go to the middle class and the rich.
Giving our poor families access to technology is making them capable of the demands of living, which seemed to have been made available only to the rich, she said.
This is the macro agenda of government of providing opportunities to the poor, empowering them for high production and let them live dignified. (PIA Kalinga) [top]