Left photo: The ERDB fun run participants led by Mr. Juan B. Ebora, ERDB’s Technology Transfer Division Chief. Right photo: The ERDB booth at the Syensaya Wonderama Exhibit at the UPLB Baker. Hall.

The Ecosystem Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) participated in the week-long celebration of Syensaya 2023 through the LBSCFI’s fun run on Sept. 17, 2023 at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Syensaya Wonderama exhibit from Sept. 18-22, 2023 at the UPLB Baker Hall.

This year’s theme is “KaSYENSaYAhan sa CALABARZON: 2023 Regional Science, Technology, and Innovation Week (RSTW)” which highlighted the member-agencies’ achievements in science and technology.

To kick off the festivities, the “SyenSaya Hakbang para sa Agham Fun Run” was held on Sept. 17 at the International Rice Research Institute’s surrounding area which is a fund-raising activity of the LBSCFI. Twenty participants from ERDB joined the activity.

For the opening ceremony of the Syensaya, the UPLB Baker Hall served as the venue on Sept. 18, 2023.  Among the special guests in the ceremony were Los Baños, Laguna Mayor Anthony Genuino, DOST Undersecretary Sancho A. Mabborang. Also present was Ms. Ana Valencia Lakrini, Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2023.

The DOST Calabarzon and Los Banos Science Community Foundation Inc. (LBSCFI) worked together to put up the exhibit at the UPLB Baker Hall, University of the Philippines Los Banos, Laguna. The ERDB featured the study of its research centers on microplastics from the Coastal Resources and Ecotourism Research Development and Extension Center (CRERDEC) located in Minglanilla, Cebu and the Q-seeds which is a seed technology on forest trees from the Forest and Wetland Research, Development and Extension Center (FWRDEC) located in Bislig, Surigao del Sur.

A science competition, displays, technological symposium on artificial intelligence (AI), robotics competition, regional science and math quiz competition, and TED Talks on advances in food processing technologies were among the event-related activities.

Other events included a talent show “AGHAMazing Science,” where competitors presented their own creative scientific concepts.

The Tikme Food Bazaar, which stands for “Teknolohiya’t Inobasyon Kaakibat ng mga Microenterprises,” was the RSTW’s main attraction and highlighted a display of different products from the Calabarzon region. Marla V. Cambay, TTD