DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Belen T. Fernandez signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on March 3 for the conduct of a Science and Technology Caravan in the city on March 27-29.

Joining Fernandez in the signing of the MOU was Armando Q. Ganal, Regional Director, DOST Region 1.

The caravan aims to forge a stronger partnership and collaboration between the Local Government Unit of Dagupan City and the DOST and raise awareness and appreciation on the programs and projects of DOST through the S&T exhibits, fora, interactive exhibits, among others.

The activity will also create potential investment opportunities on matured technologies towards establishment of technology-based enterprises or adoption of technology components through livelihood training and seminars, come up with agreements and undertakings that will result in S&T project implementation and provide possible technical assistance to the city, among others.

“We are grateful that our city has been considered by the DOST to be the venue of their caravan so we could motivate our youth to appreciate science and technology in a fun and interactive way,” said Fernandez.

In addition, the DOST will help Dagupan to develop the S&T capabilities of the various sectors in the city through the various programs, projects and activities of DOST Region 1 and to assist in the creation of the City S&T Coordinating Council (CSTCC) for LGU Dagupan City to become the forefront of all S&T programs and activities in the community, added Fernandez.

Among the activities slated for the event are livelihood training at Stadia; exhibit at CSI Atrium; DOST Dengue Surveillance System at Atrium; Emergency Food Service; Waste Management Session; technology forum on fish “buro”, salt technology processor, multi community solar dryer and food safety packaging and labeling.

There will also be a starbook exhibit at Atrium; science magic film viewing; science exhibit at Stadia; RxBox demoe at Atrium; free calibration services; techno forum at VIP Stadia; DOST scholarship talk at Atrium; poster making contest at Atrium; science centrum interactive exhibit at Stadia; seminar on basic donut baking at the City Social Welfare and Development covered court; and a training on meal management and food handling at Senior Citizen’s building.

On March 27, DOST Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña will lead the E-Smart and Geocloud ribbon cutting at Public Alert and Response Monitoring Center of the city. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/March 6, 2017)