The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) opens the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) last July 24, 2014. To focus on government technology, health, education and government e-services,they came together for one week at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex.  With the theme, “Philippines: A Science Nation Meeting Global Challenges,” NSTW ran for one week and was definitely filled with remarkable interactive exhibits and technology demos, engineering innovations and audio-visual presentations, with other relevant materials and activities showcasing local expertise and capabilities in science and technology, both for professionals and students.

Cooperation and synergy were at play during the opening ceremony last July 24,  followed by concurrent forums, on emerging technologies, and on the Philippine National Public Key Infrastructure PNPKI, ASEAN integration in 2015, among others. For the Philippine National PKI, Mr. Denis Villorente, gave an update of the government’s e-services and role of the PKI in securing the country’s ICT Infrastructure.

The iGovPhil Project and Securemetric have partnered during the 5-day NSTW event to educate the masses what PKI is. On-hand were the proponents for PKI of iGovPhil Project and Securemetric Technology Inc, to do a demo in issuing digital certificates on the GovMail of the Philippines and using PKI to preserve their data integrity through PKI encryption.

The digital certificates are part of the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) designed to make online government transactions and communications safe and secure. The PKI uses public and private keys for encrypting and decrypting data, and digital certificates for authentication of information. Users will be able to access PKI-secured applications and digitally “sign” authenticated files and documents through the certificates.

The whole of the five-day event comprised of potential career path talks for fresh college graduates and professionals wanting to explore their options in both science and technology, and other opportunities on opportunity-timed subjects such as e-government services, eHealth, product packaging, health and nutrition, alternate election system, and livelihood.

In conjunction with NSTW Week is the 2014 National Invention Contests and Exhibits (NICE) awarding ceremony last July 27. NICE is a bi-annual competition of promising inventions by Filipinos in the student and professional levels. The finalists earned the right to compete by winning in their respective categories during the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits in the various regions of the Philippines.

The NSTW event is open to the public and admission is free.