December 8, 2020 – “We recognize partnerships with you as crucial in effectively bringing the benefits of S&T closer to the people in the countryside”, a statement of appreciation of Engr. Sammy P. Malawan, CESE, OIC-RD of DOST XII to District Representatives, Provincial and Local Government Executives during his Opening Message at the recently concluded NSTW- SOCCSKSARGEN Celebration.
Cong. Joselito S. Sacdalan, Representative of the 1st District of Cotabato Province was among those who expressively supported the said event and whom Engr. Malawan together with the team from PSTO-Cotabato Provincial Office visited for a meeting today, 08 December 2020.
Believing that primary to maintaining and sustaining active partnership in public service is reaching out to them in spite of the pandemic, Engr. Malawan expressed his appreciation to the good Congressman for accommodating his request for a meeting even during the holiday as both their schedules permit.
DOST XII programs and projects discussed include the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), i-Startup for MSMEs, DOST Innovations for Filipinos Working Distantly, or DOST i-FWD PH, S&T Scholarships, among others.
Engr. Malawan mentioned several DOST XII interventions done and ongoing within the 1st District which concerns the implementation of SETUP with Innovation Support Fund and provision of techno-trainings and consultancy services, installation of early warning devices to prevent/ mitigate disaster risks as well as health and education-related S&T assistance.
Consequently, to widely disseminate DOST PPAs for more people and communities to avail and benefit from, Cong. Sacdalan offered DOST XII to join him in his Radio Program, “Sandalan sa Distrito Ngayon” regularly aired thru DXJR 94.3 FM Power Radio. Engr. Malawan will commence the undertaking next month.
Municipalities under the 1st District of Cotabato Province are Alamada, Aleosan, Libungan, Midsayap, Pigcawayan and Pikit. ##