MAKILALA – Laying down the foundation for a continuing partnership in public service, Engr. Sammy Malawan, CESE, DOST XII OIC-RD paid a courtesy visit to the 2nd District Representative of North Cotabato, Congressman Rudy Caoagdan earlier today, 29 October 2020.
The said visit turned out to be a fruitful meeting with a pledge of support for the smooth implementation of DOST XII programs, projects, activities (PPAs), and services for the people and community of the district.
Upon hearing Engr. Malawan mentioning of DOST XII’s request with Governor Nancy Catamco for space/ lot at the Provincial Capitol Compound intended for its S&T Office in North Cotabato, Cong. Caoagdan made an outright commitment to fund the construction of the building.
The lawmaker is a staunch advocate of free quality education for students and youth and recognizes DOST not only as a technology and innovation support fund provider for Research and Development endeavors, MSMEs upgrading, among others but as a knowledge provider as well for learners of all ages and sectors.
Mayor Florenito Gonzaga of Magpet who happened to have an ongoing discussion with Cong. Caoagdan when the DOST XII team arrived for the purpose also offered a 3,000sqm lot within the municipality for DOST XII’s Technology Training Center. Subject to Resolution and availability of funds, according to Mayor Gonzaga, LGU-Magpet can afford to shoulder half of the cost for the building construction and another half of the total amount as per Cong. Caoagdan can be provided out of the district’s fund.
Asked of their expectations from DOST XII, Cong. Caoagdan requested DOST XII technical interventions on winery and mural technical design as among the promising industries of the district.
Mayor Gonzaga, on the other hand, requested DOST XII to include Brgy. Manubisa of Magpet as among the beneficiaries of the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology or CEST Program.
DOST XII Provincial Director Michael Mayo said that they can both rely on DOST XII’s efforts in strengthening PPAs implementation as well as its assistance to S&T Scholars.
Cong. Caoagdan invited Engr. Malawan to update and discuss DOST XII PPAs at 102.3 Radyo Tirada Live Stream coming Wednesday at 11 am.