by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman
I wholeheartedly join the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. V as it celebrates National Science and Technology Week with the very appropriate and timely theme – “Agham at Teknolohiya: Sandigan ng Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaayusan at Kinabukasan”.
There is no doubt that rapid developments in science and technology are changing the way people live, relate, communicate and do business. And anything that affects how people fundamentally live their lives will also have a profound effect on our health (kalusugan), livelihoods (kabuhayan), order and stability (kaayusan), and our future (kinabukasan).
The very fact that we are all together today, albeit virtually, is due to science and technology.
Science and technology are key drivers to development, because technological and scientific innovations buttress economic advances, improvements in health systems, education and infrastructure.
I cannot even begin to overemphasize the role of science and technology in ending this pandemic that has plagued our nation and the rest of the world for almost a year. But the end is in sight because of the rapid development of coronavirus vaccines by scientists, researchers and technicians. This is the wonder of science and technology at its best.
Scientific and technological breakthroughs in health, engineering, computer and communications technology, transportation and education have the power to improve people’s lives, especially those of the poor and marginalized.
But to fully harness the power and possibilities that these developments offer will depend largely on our ability to grasp and apply advances in science and technology and use them judiciously, creatively, and purposefully for the benefit of those who need them most and with the goal of reducing poverty and inequality.
Again, congratulations and may the DOST Regional Office No. 5 truly succeed in making science and technology the engine that will propel the country towards sustainable human development.