DOST eyes research ties with local universities

THE Department Science and Technology (DOST) will likely partner with one or more universities in Pangasinan following the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to promote research and development in the countryside that can directly benefit communities.

This was stressed by DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña when he addressed the opening of the three-day Science and Technology Caravan at Main Atrium of CSI the City Mall in Lucao, Dagupan City last Monday.

Saying that research and development can solve most of the problems of the country, De la Peña said the President ordered the DOST to make available its services to the regions, provinces, cities and municipalities that can develop products and new products needed by the people.

To fulfill the President’s vision, he said DOST is in the process of identifying universities that have research centers and whose work devote on specific areas and even commodities.

The secretary cited a research center for cocoa or cacao in Region 2, and he expressed hope that Pangasinan and Dagupan can identify one commodity where research can be focused.

He said further research on bamboo as a product that the DOST is working on should be of special interest to Pangasinan because the Forest Product Research Institute, one of the agencies of DOST already recently came out with its engineered bamboo.

He surmised that the bamboo research project should interest Pangasinan because of its extensive bamboo plantations.

De la Pena said while research and development can bring more production in agriculture as well as in industries and other sectors, DOST, has no institute devoted to agriculture but the Agriculture and Natural Resources Research Council that supports research activities of educational institutions. (Leonardo Micua)