/ 24 September 2020

THE DEPARTMENT of Science and Technology will launch a series of books that celebrates the many successes of local small and medium enterprises through innovation.

The series “Science For The People” is composed of three books namely “Science For Scale”, “Science For Success”, and “Science For Social Change”.

To be launched ‪on September 24, 2020, the books will highlight how technological innovations have turned things around for the various enterprises, communities and ultimately the lives of Filipinos.

DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the books “present the very essence of Filipinnovation that put into reality Science For the People” which is the ultimate goal of the agency.

In the book Science For Scale, author and digital technology expert Winston Damarillo shares how scientists and entrepreneurs work together to come up with practical technologies and applications that provide solutions to various technological problems of local entrepreneurs. These solutions paved the way to more product enhancements and became the key driver for success for some SMEs that have embraced science and innovations.

The book also features various DOST-assisted companies that achieved growth using innovative technologies and capabilities developed by DOST’s technology experts.

The second book, Science For Success, was written by two of the country’s second-generation industrialists and premier entrepreneurs — Maret Follosco- Bautista and Robina Gokongwei- Pe.

The book dives into the stories of small to medium enterprises and explores how they attained huge success by employing science, technology and innovation strategy — a formula that turned many small firms into global companies.

The last book installment tackles the role of science and technology in enriching the lives of many Filipinos.

Titled “Science For Social Change”, the book features the life-changing effects of many developmental initiatives and interventions introduced by DOST to various communities, especially in the countryside.

The book also tells unique stories that reflect the impact of disruptive technologies on the lives of select Filipinos as told by the well-respected columnist Dr. Segundo Joaquin E. Romero Jr.

“These are the very reasons why we put together our aspirations, inspirations and stories to present the human side of science,” De la Peña said.

“In the pages of the books, we see the positive changes in communities and how people learned to help themselves through what we call social innovations,” he added.

The book series aim to inspire and encourage more collaboration between DOST and the private sector in creating value adding technologies and capabilities to develop the local industries’ competitiveness as the world enters the era of the fourth industrial revolution.