LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) and the Provincial Government of Benguet joined forces for the Innovation, Science, and Technology for Accelerating Regional Technology-Based Development (iSTART) Program in Benguet: Project Pitching and MOA Signing Ceremony” held at the Ben Palispis Hall, Benguet Capitol, La Trinidad, Benguet on July 24, 2023.
DOST-CAR Regional Director Dr. Nancy A. Bantog, together with the Assistant Regional Director for Field Operations, Engr. Angel L. Maguen, and Provincial S&T Director of Benguet, Dr. Sheila Marie Singa-Claver, led the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between DOST-CAR and PLGU-Benguet for the implementation of the iSTART project in the province.
The event was graced by the esteemed presence of officials and staff from PLGU Benguet, notably, Benguet Governor Hon. Melchor D. Diclas, who was represented by his Executive Assistant II, Mr. David Cabuten. Also in attendance were Vice Governor Hon. Ericson L. Felipe, Board Member Hon. Joel Tingbaoen Jr., Board Member Hon. Fernando Balaodan, and acting Provincial Planning Development Coordinator Ms. Susana Padio.
The event was also witnessed by the Municipal Mayor of Atok, Hon. Franklin L. Smith, and the Municipal Mayor of La Trinidad, Hon. Romeo K. Salda.
The occasion demonstrated the successful collaboration between DOST-CAR and the Benguet Provincial Government and their joint commitment to push for scientific and technological breakthroughs in the area.
The iSTART is a DOST program that supports balanced development geographically by accelerating regional growth through science, technology, and innovation (STI). This is by assisting the LGUs in developing a technology-based development plan for the agri-based, manufacturing, and services sectors; attracting new technology-based investments; and engaging researchers, scientists, and engineers (RSEs) to support technology-based investments and projects in the region. By DOST-CAR