DOST's iSTART program was created recognizing the important role of science, technology, and innovation (STI) in empowering local industries and improving the quality of life of the people. It is being piloted in 4 provinces across the country, including Leyte. This program aims to support balanced development geographically by accelerating regional growth through science, technology, and innovation following the DOST-PLANADES Development Model.
The consultation cum workshop was participated in by the Provincial Government of Leyte, the State Universities and Colleges based in the province such as the Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU), Leyte Normal University (LNU), Palompom Institute of Technology (PIT), and University of Philippines - Tacloban, and DOST Leyte. Experts and scientists of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) provided very valuable inputs via the online platform Zoom.
Academician Dr. Alvin Culaba, iSTART Leyte consultant, led the conduct of the activity and in synthesizing the outputs. While yourstruly, PSTD John Glenn Ocaña, welcomed the participants on behalf of DOST8 Regional Director Engr. Ernesto Granada, and presented the concept of iSTART and the accomplishments of the program for its Leyte implementation since late of 2020 up to end of 2021.
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Presided by its Chairperson DOST8 Regional Director Ernesto M. Granada, the Regional Research Development and Innovation Committee held its 4th Quarter meeting on 5 November 2020 with the presentation of iSTART program by Dr. John Glenn Ocaña as one of its agenda. The Committee also approved for endorsement to SDC-RDC the Joint PEZA and BiPSU Special Economic Zone Institute presented by Dr. Victor Cañezo, Jr., President of BiPSU.