LUNA, Apayao – In an effort to boost research and development in the Cordillera region, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang challenged researchers to consistently apply their research findings to accelerate economic growth and enhance the quality of life in local communities.
“Our research findings should not go to waste. Instead, they should be put into practice and commercialized to benefit our constituents,” said Mabborang during the 13th Joint Regional Symposium and 6th Student Research Congress last October 26, 2023, hosted by the Apayao State College.
Further, the undersecretary reiterated the department’s commitment to advancing and supporting science, technology, and innovation programs.
“The DOST is your partner in the realm of knowledge and innovation. We are nurturing an ecosystem that empowers researchers, innovators, students, and industry partners throughout the region. Our support goes beyond this symposium and research congress, extending to various phases of scientific exploration and technological advancements,” he added.
Additionally, he urged research stakeholders, including government agencies, state universities and colleges, the provincial government, and private institutions, to actively transform research outcomes into commercial products and services, emphasizing that technological breakthroughs are a direct result of research efforts.
He likewise commended the forward-thinking initiatives undertaken by Apayao’s research stakeholders in addressing contemporary challenges faced by local communities. He pointed to the province’s presence of technology-based projects as evidence of these efforts. Mabborang hopes that the DOST-supported projects would thrive and create additional job opportunities for the yApayaos. By J. Dela Torre