Centerpiece of the 2019 Changing Lives through Science


Individuals from all walks of life gathered at the so-called “People’s Coliseum” to witness and experience wide-range of innovations for a sustainable future at the 2019 Changing Lives through Science—the annual Regional S&T Week celebration held in MIMAROPA that brings S&T initiatives and outputs closer to the people for better appreciation and utilization and participation of the stakeholders in the community.

Undersecretary Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano shares the significance of RSTW celebrations in the regions

Banking on the theme, “Enabling technologies for Sustainable Development”, the three-day event held last November 27-29, 2019 at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum in Palawan was jampacked with S&T- themed activities and attractions including interactive exhibits, technology forums, science caravan, invention contests, and awarding ceremonies that bare DOST programs, services, and technologies available to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals.

Undersecretary for Regional Operations Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano together with DOST-MIMAROPA Regional Director Dr. Ma Josefina P. Abilay and Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron, formally opened the annual celebration. Dr. Abilay emphasized that the activities lined up for the celebration aims to unite the scientific community and the general public as well as mobilize science, technology, and innovation to improve the lives of people most especially those of the furthest behind.

Mayor Bayron as he receives the Science Ambassador Award from DOST-MIMAROPA for championing S&T in Puerto Princesa City. The award was given by Undersecretary Brenda Nazareth-Manzano, DOST- TAPI Director Edgar Garcia, and DOST-MIMAROPA Regional Director Dr. Ma Josefina P. Abilay during the 2019 Changing Lives through Science Opening Ceremonies


 “Sa ika-apat na taon ng Changing Lives through Science, muli naming itatampok ang iba’t ibang programa ng DOST gayundin ang mga bagong kaalaman at teknolohiya na makakatulong hindi lamang sa pagpapadali at pagginhawa ng pamumuhay ng bawat isa, kundi maging sa paglaban sa kahirapan sa ating lipunan/bansa, di pagkakapantay pantay, at pagiging handa/masigasig laban sa pababago-bagong klima na nagdudulot ng iba’t ibang sakuna sa ating bayan/bansa… Nais naming ilapit ang agham at teknolohiya sa mas maraming tao  , mas maraming komunidad  para kanilang maramdaman na ang siyensya ay para sa lahat.” said Dr. Abilay in her opening remarks.

English translation: “In the 4th  year of Changing Lives through Science, we will again highlight various DOST programs as well as new knowledge and technologies that will help not only simplify and ease everyone’s life but also fight poverty and inequality in our society/country and tackle preparedness against the changing climate that is causing various disasters in our town, country. We want to bring science and technology to more people, more communities for them to feel that science is for everyone.

Dr. Ma.Josefina P. Abilay as she delivers her opening remarks for the 2019 Changing Lives through Science Opening Ceremonies

Exhibits were participated by 11 DOST agencies, six (6) MIMAROPA State Universities and Colleges, Provincial Government of Palawan, City Government of Puerto Princesa, Department of Education- Palawan and Puerto Princesa. Products of DOST-MIMAROPA assisted Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), and Community-based Enterprises (CBEs) are also showcased through the exhibits and technology bazaar enjoyed by attendees during the celebration.

Photos taken at the exhibits during the 2019 Changing Lives through Science



Happening concurrently with the 2019 RSTW is the biennial Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits or RICE. RICE is a nationwide activity conducted in different regions to showcase and recognize the creativity and indispensability of Filipino inventors in society.

TAPI Director Engr. Edgar Garcia as he formally opens the 2019 RICE


DOST-Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) Director Engr. Edgar Garcia was also present to open the 2019 RICE. Engr. Garcia reiterated the importance of creative individuals in society as well as protecting intellectual property. He mentioned several TAPI programs that may help Filipino inventors assert intellectual property rights.

Photos taken during RICE judging and exhibits which took place from November 27-29, 2019

A total of 79 entries competed across four different categories of the 2019 RICE. Inventors from Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology emerged as regional winner for the Outstanding Utility Model category with their entry “Process of Making Stingless Bee Propolis Jam”. Another set of inventors from the same university won 1st place for LIKHA Creative Research category for their entry “Sensory Characteristics of Vacuum- fried Saba Banana (Musa Balbisiana)”. High School students from Bansud National High School- Regional Science High School topped the Student Creative Research for High School (SIBOL) Category with their invention “Ag- Chitochin Nanodrop Solution”.  Lastly, for the SIBOL College category, inventors from Romblon State University were hailed as Regional Winner for their entry “Effects of Different Levels of Marble Dust as Cement Replacement in the Physical and Mechanical Properties of Concrete Hollow Blocks”.

Winners of the 2019 RICE

Regional Winners in each category are qualified for the 2020 National Invention Contest and Exhibits on March 3-5, 2020 which will be held in Manila.


More than 340 stakeholders from the region, especially from the agriculture, tourism, environment, DRRM, ICT, and business sector were able to participate in various technology forums prepared by DOST-MIMAROPA. Scientists and experts from all over the Philippines flew all the way to Palawan to shed light on topics such as smart agriculture, artificial intelligence and mechatronics, disaster risks, Halal, sustainable ecotourism and wastewater treatment. DOST’s newest Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMCen) Technology— which is eyed to be the country’s leading research center in innovative 3D printing technologies, processes, and materials was also introduced during the celebration.

Resource Speakers from different backgrounds from all over the country flew all the way to Palawan to share knowledge on various topics with attendees

DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña also spent time with MIMAROPA DOST Scholars and assisted MSMEs who shared their stories on how DOST helped them achieve their dreams and aspire to serve not only themselves, their families, but also their communities and the country.

Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña with the DOST-Scholars and DOST-assisted MSMEs at the meet and greet held during the celebration


Aside from Technology Forums, DOST-MIMAROPA also conducted special activities such as R&D conference, launchings, science caravan, and awarding ceremony during the celebration.


Turn-over of MIMAROPA Stars Volume 4 to Sec. de la Peña during the Press Conference held on the last day of the event

During the press conference attended by various DOST Officials, line agencies, and partners from the local and national media held last November 29, 2019, DOST-MIMAROPA launched the newest addition to the MIMAROPA Stars volume series, the MIMAROPA Stars Volume 4— a collection of 30 success stories of different firms and community-based enterprises from the region’s five island provinces who have achieved success through the adoption of technology through DOST’s flagship program, the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) and Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST). Compared in the previous volumes wherein all stories are compiled in a single book, MIMAROPA STARS Volume 4 is a collection of five (5) different books representing each of the MIMAROPA provinces.

A symbolic ceremonial turn-over of the Transponder Technology by FAME to LGU-Coron

An offshoot of the partnership between DOST-MIMAROPA and Futuristic Aviation and Maritime Enterprises (FAME), DOST-MIMAROPA also launched the LoRaWan Technology or the Long-Range Wide Area Network for the Local Government of Coron. LGU- Coron is the first among the five (5) identified priority LGUs to receive the technology. The transponder technology equips weather monitoring and early warning equipment to transmit information even from areas with intermittent cellular signal or no-signal at all. This will help LGU-Coron make informed decisions and take action to ensure their preparedness and resilience to disasters. Present during the launching ceremony was LGU-Coron Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer and Office of the Civil Defense Regional Director.


Dr. Abilay as she formally opens and welcomes guests of the Addressing Industry R&D Needs: A Conference


In a bid to actively engage the industry, government, and academe into collaborative STI undertakings, DOST-MIMAROPA initiated the Addressing Industry R&D Needs: A Conference held last November 28, 2019, at the Palawan Uno Hotel, Puerto Princesa City Palawan.

Pitching, Breakout Sessions, and Q&A are some of the activities conducted during the conference to gather knowledge and feedback from participants

The conference was attended by a total of 90 participants from the industry, government, higher education institutions (HEIs), and media. Several technologies developed by HEIs were pitched during the conference for possible partnership with the industries. The participants were able to identify and prioritize industry R&D needs under agriculture, eco-tourism, processing, and mining sectors. DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations Usec. Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano expressed her support for the activity as she delivered the welcome remarks. DOST-TAPI Director Engr. Edgar Garcia, and Dr. Luis Sison, Director of UP Technology Transfer and Business Development Office, Project Leader for the UPSCALE Innovation Hub as well as the Lead Mentor of MIMAROPA Researchers during the Technopreneurship Training, also graced the event.


Some of the winners of the 2019 Best Technopreneur Awards


Exemplary DOST-assisted MSMEs and CBEs in the region took the center stage in the Best Technopreneur Awards in recognition of their contribution to the regional economy. Three Sisters Homemade Banana Chips from Marinduque, Bahag Footwear and Repair Shop from Oriental Mindoro, and Samahang Mandaragat ng Banilad (SAMBA) emerged as this year’s best technopreneurs under the SETUP Food, SETUP Non-Food, and CBE Category, respectively

About more than 40 interactive exhibits were enjoyed by attendees from all over the Province of Palawan at the Health Science on the Go!” Travelling Science Centrum which ran as part of the 2019 Changing Lives through Science from November 27- December 13 in Palawan.

Health Science on the Go! Travelling Science Centrum was brought to Palawan in cooperation with the Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology to promote awareness and appreciation of S&T in health while bringing a combination of learning and fun-filled experience to the public.

Undersecretary Brenda L. Nazareth- Manzano, Mayor Lucilo Bayron, and Dr. Ma. Josefina P. Abilay tries the interactive exhibit at the Health Science on the Go!: Travelling Science Centrum