DOST Secretary Fortunato T. De La Pena cuts ribbon with PFST Director May Pagsinohin, DOST Asec. Urdujah Tejada and LGU Cauayan City

CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela – During the Opening Ceremonies of the Travelling Science Centrum dubbed as “Health Science on the Go”, DOST Secretary Fortunato T. De La Peña related Science exhibits like the Travelling Science Centrum as a useful tool in inspiring young people to consider careers on science and technology, to quote, “What is more important is to be able to provide as much access to our young people on information related to S&T because this will be very useful for them not only in terms of fulfilling the requirements of their academic programs but also in terms of inspiring them to consider careers on science and technology.”

In 2014, the Philippine College of Physicians declared that the country has failed in health literacy. Defined by the US Centers for Disease Control as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions,” health literacy represents an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the health status of our country.

Through hands-on learning, Health Science On the Go (HSOTG) stimulates curiosity and provides students a meaningful and fun encounter with the health sciences. Thirty-one engaging and interactive exhibits for general science and five health clusters (physical fitness, nutrition, hygiene, public health and medicine) complement K-12 competencies in Health and Science.

By promoting wellness and demonstrating how personal choices affect one’s health, HSOTG contributes to a generation that is more prepared to live healthier lifestyles. Financial sponsorship, communication campaigns and volunteer work are various ways to support HSOTG in providing interactive health learning, and inspiring young advocates for a healthier Philippines – one student at a time. (Angel Gorospe/PSTC Isabela)

 

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