CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — The annual celebration of the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) has been moved from the last week of July to the fourth week of November.
This was confirmed to RONDA Balita Online News by Jaycee Sicat, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology for Central Luzon, based on President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 780 signed on August 2 this year that amends Proclamation No. 169 issued in 1993 by then President Fidel Ramos.
Proclamation No. 169 of Ramos declared the third week of July every year as the National Science and Technology Week that was moved by President Duterte to the fourth week of November every year.
However, Sicat explained since the NSTW celebration for this year has just recently been concluded: “the November celebration will commence next year.”
The move to transfer the NSTW celebration to November was made “In order to ensure the maximum participation of school, students, stakeholders and the public during the week-long celebration, considering the change in the academic calendar of most universities, schools and educational institutions, there is a need to move the celebration of the National Science and Technology Week from the third week of July to the fourth week of November every year.”
The amendments to the NSTW celebration said it provides an opportunity to give national and regional attention to the contributions of science and technology to national development.
It also said that the celebration “is an opportune occasion to recognize and appreciate outstanding accomplishments and personalities in the field of science and technology.”
The Department of Science and Technology, in cooperation and coordination with the Department of Education, the Commission on Higher Education, and the Professional Regulation Commission was tasked to spearhead and facilitate the conduct of programs and activities nationwide relative to the celebration of NSTW.
The President also enjoined and encouraged all other agencies and instrumentalities of the government, specifically those involved in the field of science and technology, and all local government units, as well as the private sector to provide the necessary support and assistance to the DOST to ensure the successful observance of the NSTW and effective implementation of the Proclamation. (RONDA Balita Online News)