The Philippines' Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is planning to meet with local executives in some isolated places and island municipalities in Calabarzon region - which includes Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon - to extend their projects and programmes.
DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña said during the Science for the People Roadshow in Laguna that bringing science closer to the people also requires addressing the geographically isolated and disadvantaged ages (GIDAs) in the country.
According to Dela Peña, this move is in line with the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to create more opportunities where science and technology (S&T) can be applied to expand opportunities, and pursue socio-economic agenda in reducing the inequality in the lives of Filipinos.
"For LGUs (local government units), we have technology to address the concerns of the communities especially the GIDAs as our partners including those with potentials for business," said Dela Peña in a report by the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
He added the agency reaches to business and trade sectors to offer services that could be of help in their ventures, such as technology transfer, and financial assistance. They could then implement and commercialise the science and technology (S&T) research and development results.
In line, the Secretary encouraged S&T beneficiaries, scholars, micro, small and medium entrepreneurs who are recipients of their Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Programme (SETUP), and their Community Empowerment through S&T (CEST) to do their part to enhance the quality of life of Filipinos, especially the poor.
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