The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Eastern Visayas is host of this year’s Visayas Cluster Science and Technology Fair on September 24 to 28 at the Tacloban Convention Center.

DOST-8 Regional Director Edgardo Esperancilla said the DOST Visayas Cluster, composed of Western, Central and Eastern Visayas, will participate in the activity.

This year’s theme is “Science and Technology and Innovation: Working Together for Growth and Development.”

One of the highlights of the said activity is the technical sessions with different themes per day.

On September 24, the theme is “Putting Science into Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: Doing the Best for the Worst.” A technical session will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. with the topics, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) and risk management and Project Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH).

“Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Food” is the theme for September 25. The technical session will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The topics are STI for increasing food shelf life and quality (packaging for food products, water retort, immersion freezer and vacuum packaging machine); food innovation and technologies to address malnutrition; clean production for food processing industry; and food safety.

For September 26, with the theme “Investing on Green Technologies,” the topics for the 9 a.m. to 5p.m. session are urban gardening: hydroponics, vertical and wall gardens; farmer-scientists program and S&T-based organic farming; natural dyes; and Philippine Land Fill Gas Forum.

Finally on September 28, the theme will be “Putting Science, Technology and Innovation Together in Improving Your Business.” The topics for the 9 to 11 a.m. technical sessions are DOST’s Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) and Venture Financing: the TAPI Way.

Due to limited slots in the technical sessions, Esperancilla called on the national agencies in the Region to confirm their attendance on or before September 12.

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