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Ilocos Norte recognized as DOST's STI champion

by PGIN-CMO

Dec. 17, 2022 ...

The Department of Science and Technology-Region I (DOST-1) recognized the Province of Ilocos Norte as one of its science, technology, and innovation champions during the "2022 Regional Science and Technology Week," held last November 9 to 11, 2022, at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center 2 in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

The celebration of "Science and Technology Week" at the national and regional levels was institutionalized in 1982 through Proclamation No. 2214. This year, local government units, agencies, students, stakeholders, and the public celebrated with the theme "Agham at Teknolohiya: Kaakibat sa Maunlad at Matatag na Kinabukasan."

"Through this Regional Science and Technology Week, we are able to highlight the significant contribution of science and technology to national development and create a platform to herald our post for a science and technology culture in the country," said Mr. Romeo M. Javate, Chief Science Research, and Specialist of Technology Application and Promotion Institute.

Notably, the Ilocos Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium of the Province of Ilocos Norte was awarded a plaque of recognition for its efforts in advancing science, technology, and innovation and for its contributions towards the accomplishment of DOST's goals.

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN), under the leadership of Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc, continues to support and partner with DOST-Ilocos Norte and its regional office in further developing science and technology in the province for the benefit of the Ilokano community.

The construction of the "One Store Hub" at the Paseo de Paoay was a collaboration of PGIN and DOST-Ilocos Norte to help homegrown micro, small, and medium enterprises market their products, increase their sales, prepare their products for export, and jump-start their overall operations. Along with this project, the DOST gifted four (4) units of the RxBox Telemedicine Device, and the first-ever vending machine for local products in the province to the Provincial Government.

Moreover, the province, through the Sustainable Development Center, was given 15 units of portable solar dryers, or "portasols," for the drying of high-value crops. This greatly improved the province's agricultural technology, especially in the production, drying, and transporting of crops.

"With the established and continuing programs of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte and the Department of Science and Technology, we have truly proven that Ilokano is more than equipped to take on greater challenges," Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc remarked.

The Science and Technology Week celebration also featured applied research, technology transfer, technology commercialization, and science and technology promotion, as well as the conduct of the scientific meeting, a technical investment forum, interactive exhibits, a mobile planetarium, technology demonstrations, and technical tours.


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