Recognizing the important role of science, technology, and innovation (STI) in empowering local industries and improving the quality of life of the people, the DOST, thru its Regional Offices, is implementing the program Innovation, Science and Technology for Accelerating Regional Development or iSTART Program. This program aims to support balanced development geographically by accelerating regional growth through science, technology, and innovation following the DOST-PLANADES Development Model.