DOST Sec. Fortunato T. Dela Peña reminds RDs and PSTDs of the huge role they have in making science & technology accessible for more people.
Speaking during the Awarding Ceremony for the most outstanding provincial director, the DOST Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña reiterated the agency’s goal to expand programs and research and development in the regions.
“Probably all of my predecessors will agree with me that one of the most rewarding tasks of the secretary is to visit the regions,” said Dela Peña.
“There, you see the dedication of the regional workers, the impact that their work has made on the lives of our constituents as well as the enterprises that we have assisted,” he added.
Dela Peña also noted the plans he has for the regions. Recognizing the impact on the lives of the people and enterprises, he mentioned the expansion of the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program or SETUP. The program provides assistance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to improve their operations and boost productivity.
“I’m referring to an expanded SETUP not only in the financial aspect, but also in terms of the coverage, sectors that we are serving, and also in the nature of assistance that we are giving,” he said.
He also wanted to strengthen every region’s capabilities through the Balik Scientist Program. The program seeks to encourage overseas Filipino scientists and experts to return and share their expertise here in the Philippines instead.
“As much as possible, gusto ko yung kukunin na sa program ay mai-aasign sa regions particularly doon sa mga areas na meron silang magandang potential, tulungan na mag set-up ng facilities, ng research programs, and train people at the same time,” Dela Peña said.
More SUCs are also expected to become partners of the Science Education Institute. Research Centers are also planned to be improved and developed according to the strengths of every region.
Apart from that, he also reminded the provincial directors to think of more innovative ways in helping the communities through the CEST Program (Community Empowerment through Science and Technology).