DOST to bring gains of science research closer to the people

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By Edd K. Usman The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said it wants to bring the fruits of science, technology, and innovation (STI) closer to the people across the country. [caption id="attachment_36286" align="aligncenter" width="620"]DOST secretary Fortunato dela Pe?a holds a dialogue with science scholars from Calabarzon during the recent ?Science for the People? conference in Bay, Laguna DOST secretary Fortunato dela Pe?a holds a dialogue with science scholars from Calabarzon during the recent ?Science for the People? conference in Bay, Laguna[/caption] DOST secretary Fortunato de la Pe?a underlined this message as he disclosed a new program called ?Science for the People? during a roadshow at Bay, Laguna. At the event, Dela Pena conducted what the DOST called “Breakfast with Champions,” referring to 75 science scholars from DOST 4A or Calabarzon. The event is expected to be replicated in other regions of the country as the DOST communicate the gains of its R&D (research and development) efforts. During the morning meal he shared with the scholars, Dela Pena said the government is determined to: (1) Reduce inequality between between the poor and the rich (2) Create more new opportunities, and (3) Expand the potential for growth as a country through S&T (science and technology). “If we continue to be just like this, we will not attain progress. So, S&T also aims to help. Scholarship is one way of reducing inequality,” said Dela Pe?a. He said DOST is hoping that science scholars would give back to the country and help in nation-building once they are done with their studies. Dela Pena also announced at the breakfast dialogue a new aspect of the scholarship program ? the immersion in communities of the scholars. DOST Region 4 director Alexander Madrigal described the DOST scholarship initiative as “the program that will feed our nation with human resource capital of scientists.” As part of the initiative, Madrigal said they have signed their commitment to 21 local government units (LGUs) to expand and deepen the LGUs’ involvement with CEST (Community Empowerment through S&T). Dela Pe?a said the meeting was crucial as it gathered various agencies of the government, among them the Departments of Trade and Industry (DTI), Agriculture (DA), Agrarian Reform (DAR), and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). “It is very importnat because DOST is conducting R&D. When there is a technology developed and already in the stage of being used, the role of the agencies is vital. The roll-out of technologies is important to the partnership. With the LGUs, we have services for the communities,” said De la Pe?a. The DOST chief said the innovations can be technologies that can be commercialized for entrepreneurs. ]]>

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