STP4RMM joins the DOST’s annual National Science and Technology Week (NSTW)

Encapsulating the program goal of STP4RMM in making mining in Mindanao socially-acceptable, economically viable, environment-friendly and ecologically sound anchored on sound decision support system, the research team exhibited an interactive computer-generated map that highlights the mineral deposits and mining areas in Mindanao. Alongside this, science-based information on biodiversity, profile of small-scale gold mining and contamination pathway, rehabilitation of mined-out areas and value-adding technologies for nickel and gold were showcased.

Researchers of S&T Program for Responsible Mining in Mindanao (STP4RMM) participated the DOST’s  National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) held at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City on July 24-28, 2014. The Mindanao-based research team showcased the program’s findings in a trendy fashion – through ICT.


To add, the ICT Team provided a comprehensive virtual tour which allows the viewers to take a simulated, self-guided tour in mining areas, making them feel as if they’ve been into the places projected. Through the effort of Dr. Rolyn C. Daguil, CSU ICT Director and Project Leader of ICT for Responsible Mining with the support of the CSU Vice President for Research and Extension and concurrent Program Leader, Dr. Rowena P. Varela, and Responsible Mining project leaders, the whole team was able to showcase the technology and information about Responsible Mining to viewers of the event  that highlights the DOST’s banner: Building a Science Nation…

Ore Samples collected from different mining sites in Mindanao containing minerals such as quartz, silicified, andesite, petrified wood and altered volcano rock were also displayed during the exhibit. Several exhibitors from different organizations showcased their latest products and services for information and communication technology, high-end innovations, agriculture, electronics, energy-saving devices and food processing amazed visitors nationwide.

This is a week filled with remarkable interactive displays, interesting fora on emerging technologies, drug and discovery development, live discussions, among others. Upon appraising the overall package of event, Pinoys ingenuity and capability is something to be proud of.

“Philippines: A Science Nation Meeting Global Challenges” is the theme of this year’s premier event joined by scientific experts, entrepreneurs and science enthusiasts countrywide. According to Sec. Montejo, this year’s celebration is the biggest in DOST history with more than 300 exhibit.  The Department of Science and Technology commended their efforts for this week-long event to uphold recognition of the significant scientific research, technological advancement and livelihood innovations for national economic development.