By: Regina Mae C. Ronquillo

DOST Caraga Regional Director Noel M. Ajoc together with PSTC Agusan del Sur discussed on Monday the possible and appropriate Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) interventions that would address the technological needs of LGU Talacogon with Mayor Pauline Marie R. Masendo thru the program, “Innovations, Science and Technology for Accelerating Regional Technology-based Development” (iSTART).

RD Ajoc emphasized the need to develop the S&T Plan that shall encapsulate the S&T needs and priorities of the geographical jurisdiction of an LGU consistent with NEDA’s sectoral concerns such as Economic Development, Social Development, Infrastructure, and Utilities Development, Development Administration with a special issue and concern in Advancing S&T in the regions.

The said plan shall be co-formulated by DOST and LGU Talacogon in strong collaboration with the academe, NGAs, business sector, and NGOs.Currently, DOST thru PSTC Agusan del Sur is implementing the project entitled Developing SMART community in Talacogon thru S&T intervention for R&D on 𝘈𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢 𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘢 products; Disaster risk resiliency and Education component under the program, Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST).

DOST Caraga also eyes on providing STI interventions on wood carving and production of novelty and souvenir items in the municipality thru the iSTART program.

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