Residents of Fuga Island in Aparri, Cagayan, will expect more science and technology (S&T) interventions, according to Department of Science and Technology (DOST) secretary Fortunato de la PeÃ±a. He said in a report that the agency had worked with the Philippine Marines, the Ministry of Education and the local government of Aparri to achieve this.
He indicated that Fuga is a geographically isolated and disadvantaged barangay and that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) wishes to bring hope to the community by expanding various science, technology and innovation interventions through programs. Community Empowerment with Science and Technology (CEST).
The aim of DOST’s collaboration with these agencies is to generate economic opportunities. It also intends to restore optimism to farmers and fishermen by allowing them to dry their products better using multipurpose solar drying trays. The supply of potable water is also underway.
On a previous visit, De la Pena said: âI appreciate the locals because, despite the remoteness of the island, they have managed to make it gradual and orderly. They were able to improve their lives by using natural resources. He then added that he admires young people as they strive for a good education.
The DOST aims to strengthen the resources of the island of Fuga. They will be able to use a solar-powered Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station (STARBOOKS) to access a variety of books and educational resources.
The DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute has developed STARBOOKS, a digital library that can be accessed without an Internet connection. It is a stand-alone information source designed to bring S&T information to the grassroots. It aims to provide S&T-based education and learning resources in various formats to geographically isolated schools and LGUs across the country, as well as to improve the educational skills of students in its beneficiary schools.
In Mindanao, DOST and DOST-STII are working together to pave the way for science and technology. The delivery of STARBOOKS to enable beneficiary schools and students to learn the best of science, technology and innovation narrows the scope to the academic sector.
Other measures taken by the Philippine government to increase the country’s resources include a strong and well-targeted research and development (R&D) program which is a critical part of a country’s long-term success. R&D is important for the growth of the company. It provides scientific expertise for the development of innovative products, services and solutions.
OpenGov Asia reported that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has allocated more than PHP 208 million to the six virtual niche centers. In response to government-led efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, they are establishing six new R&D centers in agriculture, livestock and natural resources. These R&D centers âwill open facilities, develop new strategies and intensify initiatives and efforts in favor of food resilience in the new normal.
The DOST Niche Centers in Regions for R&D (NICER) program enables higher education institutions (HEIs) to significantly improve regional research by integrating development needs with existing R&D capacities and resources.
DOST provides institutional grants to higher education institutions in the regions through NICER to conduct high quality research that catalyzes and promotes regional development and industrial competitiveness.
The industry is striving to improve the country’s semiconductor and electronics manufacturing index by identifying customer needs, understanding supplier credentials, developing relevant capabilities, matching the industry supply and demand and performing periodic performance reviews. In addition, the industry suggests that the government maintain its scholarship program for operators and technicians, improve the country’s business environment, develop R&D capacity and aggressively promote local industries and companies. SMEs through investment missions abroad.