President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. wants the new and available technologies brought to the knowledge of ordinary Filipinos so they can also make use of the innovations.
Marcos during his attendance at the 2022 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on Wednesday, Nov. 23, underscored the importance of disseminating the new innovations and inventions to ordinary people in order for them to know that there are available technologies for them to tap, depending on the needs of their communities.
He told the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) that this is an "important part of the mission."
"Again, they are innovative. Hindi pa nagagawa ito. Ngayon lang natin gagawin ito. Pero hindi na lang — ang pangkaraniwan na mamamayan ay hindi naman scientist at hindi nagbabasa ng mga journal ay hindi nila alam na available ito (This was never done before. We're just doing it now. But the ordinary citizens, who are not scientist and are not reading journal, do not know that these are available)," the President pointed out.
"So we have... That is another very important part of the mission that you are having to fulfill is to get the information disseminated so that people know what might be applicable or useful in their own community situations," he said.
The chief executive made the statement after viewing the various innovations made by Filipino scientists and researchers that are on display at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
He also stressed that local government units (LGUs) must also go to such events to check new technologies that they can tap for their localities.
"The reaction that I have is that as usual when we see all of these very clever technologies being displayed, always we come up to the problem of scaling," he said.
"And as long as that problem is overcome, then I think that it is absolutely necessary that you invite all the LGUs or a representative thereof to come and see some of the available technologies because many of these are immediately applicable to the local government — the local communities around the country. And this will provide new opportunities," the President added.
Marcos also acknowledged the efforts of the DOST, its attached agencies, and regional offices for "continuously implementing programs that create solutions to address the country's problems on food security, job creation, health, education, and climate change adaptation, among others."
One notable example, Marcos said, is the GeoRiskPH Integrated System, which is the country's platform for data gathering, sharing, and analyzing hazards and risk information.
Other projects include the CRADLE and SETUP programs, which are designed to help companies as well as micro-, small-, and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs) to improve their products, processes and services to boost their productivity and competitiveness.
"Your efforts do not only generate development opportunities for young scientists, they contribute to our shared goal of enhancing the quality of Filipino life," the President said.