DOST-STII leads Philippines’ shift to transformative science communication


The Science and Technology Information Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-STII) is shifting, transforming, and accelerating science information and communication as it turns 34 this year.

Since its creation in 1987, DOST-STII has delivered the following innovations in the country’s science communication and information:

  • Introduced Science and Technology Academic Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk or STARBOOKS which is celebrating its 10th year anniversary this year with a Quill Award. DOST-STARBOOKS released its mobile app in 2020. The library was also cited in the Science Communication book of the Australian National University.
  • Establishing DOSTv to engage more Filipinos in promoting science, technology, and innovation (STI) in the country’s bid towards inclusive growth. DOSTv continues to broadcast science-based information by using social media in a more entertaining and informative way. Prior to the pandemic, the DOSTv programs are aired in PTV-4 and can also be heard over the radio as DOSTv sa Radyo. DOSTv is now in its fifth year of bringing relevant and highly informative content to a broader audience.
  • DOST Philippines, the official DOST social media page, has been verified by Facebook and was given the blue badge signifying “that this page is an authentic Page for this public figure, media company or brand.“
  • DOST-STII has transformed its face-to-face seminars into virtual services amid quarantine restrictions to continuously provide S&T knowledge and information, and capabilities at the comfort of one’s home.

“Science information diffusion and communication is the lifeblood of DOST-STII,” said DOST-STII director Richard P. Burgos. “In line with that, we are pursuing a grander plan that will make science, technology, and innovation in the country a staple public service where everyone can partake in a buffet of government services laid out on the table.”