New DOST field office to operate in Candon City

Science and technology programs and services are now closer for the 2nd District of Ilocos Sur as the Department of Science and Technology Region 1 (DOST 1) through its Provincial Science and Technology Center in Ilocos Sur (PSTC-IS) inaugurates its new field office situated at the 2nd Floor of the Candon Trade Center in Candon City, Ilocos Sur on March 19, 2019.

The new PSTC-IS field office is a joint initiative with the office of Congressman Eric D. Singson, and City Government of Candon headed by Mayor Ericson G. Singson.The facility aimed to cater the 22 municipalities and one city in the second district, which are mostly situated in the highlands of the province and far from Tamag, Vigan, Ilocos Sur where the PSTC-IS office is located.

The DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations, Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano expressed her gratitude and appreciation to the local government of the City of Candon,Ilocos Sur. She added that, “Our battle cry is bringing science closer to the people and this field office in Candon City is a testament that we want our services to be more accessible to the people of the 2nd District of Ilocos Sur”.

Mayor Ericson G. Singsonunderscored that the DOST field office is a significant initiative that will provide more benefits to the people and will contribute to the maintenance of Candon as the center of government services in the 2nd District.Furthermore, the City Administrator, Grace G. Singsonis also looking forward to enhancing and developing more products from the town’s resources, such as the kornik, kalamay, and development of tobacco.

Dr. Armando Q. Ganal, Director of DOST Region 1 encouraged the academe to use the opportunity to expose themselves to technology transfer and to research and development endeavors, as he vows to increase the reach of S&T services in the district.

The recently launched field office will be operated and managed by DOST 1 through the PSTC-IS while the LGUs will be providing two technical staff who will be coordinating all S&T concerns in the area. (Florde Liza L. Alida)