The National Science and Technology week 2004 celebration was held in the Bicol Region from July 19 to 25. Dr. Ma. Josefina P. Abilay, DOST Regional Director said the holding of the NSTW celebration in Bicol is the frist time in its history since it is traditionally held in Metro Manila every July.

         The theme for this year’s celebration was “Agham at Teknolohiya: Daan sa Pag-unlad.” Dr. Abilay informed BCARRD that one of the featured activities was the Technology Forum and Technology Matching on July 22 and 23. She noted that “it is an opportune time for us in the Region to participate in these two activities right at our doorstep, together discussing technology needs of industries and some technologies for possible application through collaborative efforts.

         Research and Development experts from government and private institutions focused their presentations on rice, coconut, calamansi and abaca technologies during the Technology Forum. On the other hand, industry resource persons dealt on the technology needs and requirements of food, GTH, furniture and aquatic/marine resources during Technology Matching.