Filipina business mavericks and science community leaders are the authors of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Science for the People Book Series—five books packed with anecdotes, experiences, and learnings through the use of science, technology, and innovation from people deemed as mavericks in their own fields.

Each book contains features on how different sectors of society used the outputs of research and development (R&D) for upgrades and improvements.

“In communicating our work, we are often asked to create a narrative, to tell the story—the story in the journey to discovery,” said DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña.

“The SFTP Book Series is a testament to the dedicated work done—with each step taken leading to the road where science meets and serves our people. It is hoped that the experiences gained, the challenges faced and overcame, and the little triumphs will serve as the foundation of future successes to benefit the succeeding generations who will live in and love our only country.”

“The literature of the times reflects human nature and the ability of people to cope, in any given situation,” says DOST Undersecretary for Research & Development, Rowena Cristina L. Guevara.

“Science, technology, and innovation (STI) is a topic worthy of being immortalized in pages of books to be read again and again. Given the pivotal role of STI in the rehabilitation efforts of the country during and after the pandemic, promotion and encouragement to read about STI is a critical endeavor.”

Five books were launched on November 23, 2021 through an online event spearheaded by the DOST-Office of the Undersecretary for R&D.

Science for Innovation, authored by Filipina business titans Robina Gokongwei-Pe of Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc. and Maret Follosco-Bautista of CLFG Capital Corp. with DOST Secretary de la Peña, is a book promoting technopreneurship and highlights the advantages of having technology business incubators (TBIs), with anecdotes and strategies that fresh graduates, entrepreneurs, and companies alike can use to bring an idea to market.

Science for Change is a book from DOST Undersecretary for R&D Rowena Cristina Guevara and DOST Secretary de la Peña on the contributions of the Science for Change Program (S4CP) to the development of the country.

The book breaks down the four components of the endeavor dubbed “Accelerated R&D Program for Capacity Building of Research and Development Institutions and Industrial Competitiveness” that promote inclusive innovation, R&D expertise, applications, and collaborations between the government, the academe, and the private sector.

Science for Cooperation is a book reflecting on the importance of international collaborations in the S&T sector, including the advantages of Science and Technology bilateral and multilateral linkages authored by DOST Assistant Secretary for International Cooperation Leah J. Buendia and DOST Secretary de la Peña.

The book Science for Human Capital, authored by DOST-Science Education Institute Director Josette T. Biyo and Secretary de la Peña is a book set to spark the Filipino youth’s interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), through the success stories of DOST-SEI Scholars.

The late DOST Undersecretary for Regional Offices Brenda Nazareth-Manzano conceptualized the fifth book Science for Communities—a book that will show how S&T can empower communities.

It was continued and finished posthumously by DOST Regional Director Ernesto M. Granada and Secretary de la Peña.

The Science for the People Book Launch is part of the 2021 National Science and Technology Week celebration.

The SFTP books will be available for free download starting today at the DOST-S4CP website through the link: https://s4cp.dost.gov.ph/