Incoming DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña briefly talks about his future plans for the department in front of the DOST Region XI employees. In a meeting with all the employees, headed by Dir. Anthony C. Sales, Ph.D., CESO III, Dela Peña assured that he will continue the department’s best practices and develop the research and development.

“Whatever we will be doing will be focused on agriculture, health, education, development of the regions, particularly on how to help the poor segment of the population,” he said. He also mentioned that regional offices will have more roles to perform since he looks forward to increasing universities outside Manila as possible implementers of research and development work. “Ang pagtatranslate ng science and technology para sa benefit ng tao,mas magagawa natin (The translation of science and technology for the benefit of the people can be achieved) through the regional offices,” he added.

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DOST XI employees together with the incoming DOST Sec Fortunato Dela Pena (seated beside Regional Director Anthony Sales) 

Dela Peña, whose contributions and services in the field of science have been internationally acclaimed, has served as undersecretary from 2001 – 2014. Now, he takes on the job as the incoming secretary of DOST, as appointed by president-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte.

In a press conference held on May 31 at the so-called “Malacañang of the South” in Panacan, Davao City, Salvador Panelo, presidential spokesperson, announced the names of highly credible officials who will compose the Duterte Cabinet, including Dela Peña.

According to the president-elect in his message to the media, the new appointees are men and women of integrity, and that he’s not worried at all with their performance since they have a long list of credentials and experience. With Dela Peña’s wide knowledge and experience in science and technology, DOST Region XI employees are hopeful that the department will continue to prosper.

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