The Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Science Nation Tour: Agham na Ramdam makes its Western Visayas stop in Iloilo City, the Philippines’ “City of Love,” from February 22-24, 2016.

Science Nation Tour is a nationwide roadshow which aims to showcase DOST-developed scientific and technological advancements in every region of the country and make every Juan and Maria feel the impact of science and technology in their daily lives, hence the tagline “Agham na Ramdam”.

The three-day event, dubbed ““Ang Sci-Ya, Sci-Ya sa West V!”, opened with science forum with national scientists and academicians and health research forum, both held simultaneously yesterday at 9:00 am at Diversion 21 Hotel and Eon Centennial Hotel, respectively.

In the afternoon, a motorcade around the city was held. The Tek-Tienda MSME (micro, small, and medium enterprises) Product Fair and the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) Mini-Science Exhibits also opened at SM City Iloilo. Both the fair, which features products from the region’s DOST-assisted MSMEs, and science exhibit, will have a three-day run. One of DOST’s centerpiece programs, SETUP or Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program, specifically targets the country’s MSMEs for its assistance package, composed of funding, manpower training, and technology upgrade.

Another highlight of the Science Nation Tour Western Visayas leg will be the inauguration of the Iloilo Doppler Radar and Synoptic Station at the Western Visayas Agricultural Research Center in Jaro and a trip to the PSHS Planetarium.

Other activities include a visit to PSHS Western Visayas campus, Sci-Night: S&T Stakeholders’ Night at Diversion 21 Hotel, Sci-Fit: Science and Fitness Mix at the Iloilo Esplanade, and the Symposium for the Youth with National Scientists and Academicians at PSHS Western Visayas, among others.

Science Nation Tour, a project of DOST’s Science and Technology Information Institute, started its region to region trek in 2015. Its Western Visayas leg is its second tour for 2016, to be followed by the Bicol Region leg in March.(S&T Media Service)