By: Rochelle Cruz, DOST-CALABARZON
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Los Baños Science Community Foundation, Inc. (LBSC) held its annual SyenSaya last November 7-9 at Baker Hall, UPLB, Los Baños, Laguna. This science festival is one of the major programs of the foundation to celebrate with the DOST’s National Science and Technology Week (NSTW).
Usec. Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano, DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations, admired the LBSC for having a strong alliance in the locality to promote science for the people. In her keynote message, Usec. Manzano highlighted the importance of innovation, collaboration, and inclusion as fundamentals to realize the shared vision of a resilient country through Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI).
Showcasing STI at Home, School, and Workplace in Wonderama exhibit
Following the NSTW’s theme of “Innovation for Collective Prosperity”, the 22 member agencies showcased their technologies and innovations through the Wonderama exhibit clustered in STI at Home, School, and Workplace. DOST-CALABARZON featured STARBOOKS, a digital library in a box, under the STI at School. Teachers and students became interested in this innovation as STARBOOKS can help them in their school research. Other exhibits featured in Wonderama include broadcasting station of UPLB-CDC, GubaTek of FPRDI, agricultural products of PCAARRD, importance of hand washing and water conservation of LWD/LARC, and livelihood programs of LGU-LB.
Exploring benefits of backyard gardening during the technoforum
For this year, the technology forum “Gulayan sa Tahanan”, headed by DOST-CALABARZON, featured the importance of backyard gardening as one solution to the current problem on increasing prices of food in the market. Speakers from BPI-LBNCRDC were invited to discuss about home gardening, organic vegetable, and vermiculture and vermicomposting technology to the household members, LGU representatives, teachers, and students. More than 150 participants attended this forum held during the 2nd day of SyenSaya, November 8.
Recognizing young and brilliant minds as part of SyenSaya’s culminating activity
LBSC recognizes individuals and institutions conducting S&T-related researches through the following awards given during the closing ceremony: PARRFI Research and Development Award and MS Swaminathan Outstanding Research Award.
This year, the first awardees of the Youth Science Awards were also recognized. This award aims to encourage the students to pursue the field of S&T by conducting researches as early as now.
The turnover of presidency and oath taking of newly elected Board of Trustees were also held as part of the closing ceremony. DOST-CALABARZON Regional Director Alexander R. Madrigal, former LBSC president, turned over the flag to UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. represented by OVCCA Vice Chancellor Serlie B. Jamias as the new president of the foundation. Dr. Madrigal also led the oath taking of the new BOT composed of UPLB (President), IRRI (Vice President), PCAARRD (Secretary), SEARCA (Treasurer), DOST-CALABARZON, LBDHMC, UPLBFI, UPOU, and LGU-LB (Board Members).
More than 600 participants from Los Baños communities and nearby towns visited this 3-day exhibit. This year’s SyenSaya was headed by DOST-FPRDI. For more information, visit LBSC’s official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/lbscfi/) and website (http://www.lbscfi.org/).
Usec. Brenda Nazareth-Manzano, DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations, leads the ribbon cutting for the opening of the SyenSaya exhibits.