Gov't taps S&T in addressing effects of globalization and climate change
by Lito Dar
La Trinidad, Benguet (20 February) -- With the current arena of globalization, Science and Technology (S& T) has become the most important factor for national economic growth and source of competitive advantage. In line with this, the Department of Science and Technology(DOST) adopted the theme, "Responding to Global Challenges through Science and Technology," in the just concluded Northern Luzon S & T Fair at the Benguet State University.
In a statement, DOST Undersecretary for S&T Services Professor Fortunato Dela Peņa stressed that cooperation between different countries and among communities or a unified approach should be the mantra of this generation in solving present problems and S & T could play a big role in this.
Dela Peņa explained that the country has a wealth of resources which can be enhanced through technology and with the conduct of S&T Fairs, local stakeholders could get innovative ideas, which could enhance their knowledge in making good products better not only to compete but also for industries to survive through the use of new technology.
In relation to Climate Change, the DOST has already aligned their programs, in terms of research and development, S&T Infrastructure, human resource development, awareness program, S&T policy support and network linkages.
Through the conduct of S&T Fairs, knowledge on renewable source of energies and indigenous ways can also be transferred and duplicated in various part or region of the country, thus, the DOST also encourages local initiatives and researches in addressing the problems encountered by some areas, as the community affected is in the best position to identify and find solution for such particular problem," Dela Peņa said.
In the agricultural sector, Dela Peņa also stressed that there are riches, wherein the region can be known, such as the cut flowers industry of Benguet which can be exported internationally. In the health sector, local governments or entrepreneurs can also exploit indigenous plant species available in the region.
Dela Peņa also stressed that the DOST's Research and Development (RnD) programs are now being aligned to the prioritized national S&T Plan, as directed by the President. In terms of the technology component, the DOST is also ready to provide trainings and assistance especially to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), for them to look for better ways and opportunity for product expansion and diversity.
The DOST also offers scholarship programs on S&T related bachelors degree course or graduate program. For Secondary education, the DOST is already handling 11 Philippine Science High School (PSHS) nationwide.
For this year, the President has approved a P1.42 Billion budget for the DOST, wherein almost P500 Million is budgeted for Research and Development programs, with the bulk of the budget allocated for their scholarship programs and for the operation of PSHS and DOST Science Education Institute or SEI. (PIA) [top]