Leyte Governor Hon. Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla personally attended the consultation cum workshop on crafting a customized development plan for the science, technology, and innovation sector aligned to the goals and objectives of the Provincial Government of Leyte. Said event was held on 2 February 2022 at Hotel Alejandro, Tacloban City. The good Governor expressed his full support to the iSTART program implementation in his province, sharing the need to create infrastructure and invest on human capital to sustain the gains of recent economic development. Gov. Petilla is described by the League of Provinces of the Philippines as a leader in agricultural innovations that has driven villages and towns in the province to take agriculture and farming into a different perspective.
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.