DAVAO CITY, Philippines – With the goal of bringing science to the grassroots level, the annual National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) set to be held at SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang on July 6-8, will showcase the capacity of science experts to inspire a greater appreciation for local technologies.
Bearing the theme, “Science for the People of Mindanao: Innovation for Collective Prosperity,” the NSTW organized by the Mindanao cluster of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in partnership with the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI), will introduce ground-breaking innovations meant to positively impact communities, among which is the vertical helophyte filter technology.
According to DOST XI Regional Director Dr. Anthony Sales, the NSTW is an avenue for the agency to encourage small and medium businesses to adapt environmental-friendly technologies such as the new filter system.
The vertical helophyte filter technology is patterned from the designs of Netherland’s leading water technology and it utilizes plants in effectively cleansing waste materials from septic tanks.
A pilot testing of the innovation was launched in Davao’s Porky Best and to the department’s delight, it has been proven to be efficient in transfiguring wastes into Class A/B water approved by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
In addition to this, DOST XI is currently tailoring the vertical helophyte filter to be installed at the Maa Slaughterhouse since this technology needs to be customized to our local conditions.
When asked about the increasing coliform levels in Davao’s rivers and seas, Sales said that the DOST could not solely address the issue of water pollution and other forms of toxic practices. Thus, consolidated efforts for all concerned agencies are necessary, he said.
“We are pushing for the passage of an ordinance that would urge the business sectors to adapt eco-friendly technologies,” Sales stated while referring to the new filter system.
President Rodrigo Duterte will be the event’s keynote speaker during the opening ceremonies on Friday.
The recent advancements in space exploration, the presentation of Bangon-Marawi programs and the inventions produce-processing, particularly in the cacao and chocolate industry, will also be among the highlight topics during the NSTW. (davaotoday.com)